Picks for the Pacific Office Automation 147 – Xfinity Series (2022)

| June 1, 2022 11:02 am PDT

JR Motorsports continued their 2022 dominance as Josh Berry scored his second victory of the season at Charlotte. Unfortunately, he wasn’t in my top picks, but Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer scored top-three finishes.

The Xfinity Series will embark on a new challenge with a trip to Portland International Raceway. The 1.97-mile road course will host its inaugural NASCAR race. We’ll have to use road course numbers to determine the winner of Saturday’s race.

Here are my top betting picks for the Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland.

A.J. Allmendinger (+200)

Last season, every road course race was a battle between Austin Cindric and A.J. Allmendinger. Cindric moved to the Cup Series, making Allmendinger the favorite for road course races.

Allmendinger has been a model of consistency in 2022. Last week’s 19th-place finish marked his first finish outside the top 10. It’s great to have consistency, but we haven’t seen Allmendinger contend for wins lately.

He’ll aim for his second victory of the season at Portland. Where was the first victory? Check out his performance at COTA.

  • Starting Position: 4th
  • Stage 1 Finish: 1st
  • Stage 2 Finish: 8th
  • Race Finish: 1st
  • Laps Led: 27 of 46

It wasn’t much of a battle as Allmendinger cruised to a victory at COTA. That’s important because that’s the only road course race of 2022. That immediately gives him the upper hand on the field.

Last season, Allmendinger scored two victories and five top-five finishes in six road course races. He even won on a road course in the Cup Series. You shouldn’t need much more convincing.

Allmendinger will be a contender in every road course race. Hopefully, that continues with the inaugural race at Portland.

Ty Gibbs (+400)

Ty Gibbs had an eventful day at Charlotte. He started in the back and was never in contention for the win. He slowly worked his way to the front, scoring a second-place finish. It was a solid bounce-back performance, as he entered Charlotte with three finishes outside the top 10 in his last four races.

I know I said A.J. Allmendinger and Austin Cindric were the drivers to beat on road courses, but Gibbs gave them a run. Check out his road course numbers in the Xfinity Series.

  • 7 starts
  • 2 wins
  • 3 top-five finishes
  • 3 top 10 finishes
  • 87 laps led
  • 13.3 average finish

Gibbs surprised everyone last season, winning in his first career Xfinity Series start. He held off Cindric to win the Daytona Road Course.

He went toe-to-toe with Allmendinger and Cindric at Watkins Glen. Gibbs led the most laps, but he had to fight with both drivers in the final ten laps. Gibbs passed Allmendinger with three laps to go to score the victory.

We didn’t see much speed from Gibbs at COTA. However, I wouldn’t let that stop you. He’ll be right there with Allmendinger on Saturday.

Justin Allgaier (+700)

We can break up Justin Allgaier’s season into thirds. He kicked it off with four straight top 10 finishes, including leading 62 laps at Las Vegas. Then, he had a rough patch with five consecutive finishes of 14th or worse.

He turned things around with a second-place finish at Dover. That began an impressive four-race stretch that moved Allgaier up in the standings.

  Finishing Position Laps Led
Dover 2nd 67
Darlington 1st 76
Texas 4th 33
Charlotte 7th 63

Allgaier broke through at Darlington, scoring his first victory of the season. He nearly won at Charlotte, but a late flat tire led to a seventh-place finish. It’s hard to find a driver with more momentum than Allgaier.

He isn’t a road course ace, but Allgaier has had success on the track type. He has three wins, and 11 top-five finishes in 40 road course starts in the Xfinity Series. Allgaier scored a pair of top-five finishes on road courses in 2021.

His recent stretch makes him a top contender to win the inaugural race at Portland. That could give him the edge over A.J. Allmendinger and Ty Gibbs. Can he score his first road course victory since 2018?

Riley Herbst (+3500)

Riley Herbst has largely disappointed in his Xfinity Series career. He has driven for a top-tier teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. However, he hasn’t scored a victory and hasn’t finished top 10 in the standings.

This season, we’ve seen Herbst compete for top-five finishes. He has four top-five finishes and nine top 10 finishes in 13 starts. Herbst only needs two more top-five finishes to set a career-high.

Ultimately, the most important thing about his Portland hopes is his road course success.

  • 12 starts
  • 3 top 10 finishes
  • 19.9 average finish
  • 10 laps led

Those aren’t the numbers on a top contender, but his value makes him an intriguing option. The NASCAR sportsbooks aren’t giving him much respect, but they should value his 2022 numbers.

Herbst struggled on road courses early in his career, but he turned the corner midway through the 2021 season. He scored a seventh-place finish at Road America and followed it up with an eighth-place finish at the Indianapolis Road Course.

His road course numbers are nowhere near A.J. Allmendinger or Ty Gibbs. However, the (+3500) odds make him an intriguing longshot for Portland.

Who Will Win the Pacific Office Automation 147?

My Pick: A.J. Allmendinger (+200)Bet on Xfinity Series Racing at Bovada

It’s tough to have a road course race in the Xfinity Series and not pick A.J. Allmendinger. He doesn’t present much value, but his stats are on another level.

We’ve seen him exhibit road course success in the Xfinity Series and Cup Series. He’ll have a few challengers, but no one can match his talent. His road course dominance should carry over to Portland.

The inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1. If you like betting on NASCAR, check out my top picks for Truck Series racing at Gateway.

Nicholas Sterling
Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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