2021 Cook Out 250 4/9/21 Nascar Xfinity Series Picks, Odds, and Prediction
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2021 Cook Out 250
Friday April 9, 2021 8:00pm EST
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The NASCAR Xfinity Series took a week off around the dirt race at Bristol and now it is time to head to the first short track event of the 2021 season at the Martinsville Speedway. Racing at Martinsville is bumper-to-bumper exciting short track racing and Martinsville is the smallest track on the Xfinity circuit. 250 laps will make up the distance in the Cook Out 250 on Saturday night, and there will not be a great deal of time to get to the front. Strategy will do no doubt be a factor in the pits on Friday night.
Here are a few drivers to consider for the Cook Out 250.
Justin Allgaier +350- Allgaier will roll off outside row 1 from the 2nd starting position for Friday night’s Cook Out 250 at Martinvsille. Justin finished 2nd in the 2020 Xfinity playoff race at Martinsville, not leading any laps in that event. Justin finished 8th at Phoenix, similar driving style to Martinsville. Track position in Allgaier’s favor on Friday night, great reason Justin is the favorite heading into the Cook Out 250, give him some consideration on Friday.
A.J. Allmendinger +450- Allmendinger will fire off on Friday for the Xfinity Series race from the 3rd position. Allmendinger probably has the most laps of any contender in Friday’s race at the Martinsville Speedway. Allmendinger led 68 of the 250 laps in the 2020 Xfinity race only to finish 26th after a late race issue. A.J. finished 5th at Phoenix back in March of 2021 and he should have a great shot of winning at Martinsville on Friday night.
Harrison Burton +500- Burton will take the green flag for Friday’s Cook Out 250 from the pole position. Harrison led 81 of the 250 laps at Martinsville in the Xfinity Series return to the track since 2006 to claim victory. Burton has underperformed some what to this point in the 2021 season. Solid 3rd place finish last time out in Atlanta, but there is no doubt Burton is happy to be arriving in Martinsville. Starting up front crucial is such a short race on Friday night, Harrison is a solid choice for the Cook Out 250.
Austin Cindric +500- Cindric will start from the 6th position for the Cook Out 250 on Friday afternoon. Very surprising Cindric is not coming into Friday’s race as the outright favorite, after he dominated at Phoenix a few weeks ago. Austin started on the pole and finished 10th at Martinsville in 2020 in the Xfinity Series, only led 42 laps in that race. Once again with solid track position, Austin is somewhat of a value play for Martinsville as most races we see him as the outright favorite.
Ty Gibbs +700- Gibbs will roll off from the 16th position on Friday for the Xfinity Series race at Martinsville. Friday marks the 3rd start of the 2021 Xfinity Series season for Ty, and already with 1 victory and a 2nd place at Phoenix. Friday’s Cook Out 250 marks the first time Ty Gibbs will be competing at Martinsville and will be the first real patience test for Ty. Taking rookies at Martinsville is always risky, but Gibbs’ accomplishments so far on the 2021 season have been outstanding and is worth a shot on Friday night.