The 2022 Henry 180 is scheduled for July 2, and it will mark the 16th race of the NASCAR 2022 schedule. Although there are still ten more races to go before the playoffs, many Xfinity drivers have this one circled on their calendars as one of the most demanding and exciting events of the year.
As a road race, the 2022 Henry 180 promises to entertain but also offers plenty of NASCAR betting opportunities for us to explore. So without further ado, let’s check the main three drivers we have our eyes on and which would we consider the best NASCAR picks for this weekend.
Henry 180 Betting Picks
Daniel Hemric has been far from phenomenal this season, but he has done enough to sit in 10th place on the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings. He has yet to win a race across the first 15, and he has come close to achieving that feat just once (3rd in Las Vegas), but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a thread for this event.
Hemric was seriously impressive on this track 12 months ago when he placed second – behind only Kyle Busch, who isn’t racing in the Xfinity series this year. This technically makes Hemric the most successful driver from last year’s Road America race, but there’s more.
Despite not winning a single race in 2022, Hemric always delivers in road races and has been showing a solid form of late. He placed sixth in Concord and Portland, which should serve as a solid form guide to how he’ll do on Road America, and he didn’t do too poorly last time out in Nashville, even though he had to settle for a 17th-place finish.
A.J. Allmendinger had a disastrous run in Nashville last weekend when he could only place 16th, despite entering the race with one of the shortest NASCAR odds. Still, one iffy showing doesn’t take away from Allmendinger being one of the best Xfinity drivers this year.
He has won two races (COTA and Portland) and has seven top-5s to show. It’s also important to note that his 16th-place finish last time out marked only the second time Allmendinger has finished a race outside of the top 10.
And if his form on the season isn’t enough, Allmendinger has not placed worse than fourth on Road America in his last two starts (2nd in 2020 and 4th in 2021). Admittedly, a lot can go wrong – as it did last week – but if we go purely off what we’ve seen from the drivers, it’s very tough to doubt Allmendinger.
Justin Allgaier won last weekend’s race, collecting his second W of the season and his second over the last five starts. It’s also important to note that since he placed second at Dover, Allgaier has not finished worse than seventh, having won at Darlington, finished fourth in Texas, seven in Concord, fifth in Portland, and was first on the Nashville Superspeedway.
There is nothing about Allgaier’s past results that could make you doubt his chances to win the 2022 Henry 180, and it’s easy to see why many would consider him the best NASCAR betting picks for this weekend.
However, his record at Road America isn’t great. He was 12th here in 2021 and 30th in 2020. Admittedly, he won here in 2018 and was second in 2013, but over his last three starts, he has finished inside the top 10 only once (9th in 2019).
Henry 180 Betting Trends
- Chevrolet is by far the most successful manufacturer of Henry 180, with seven wins, albeit not one since 2018.
- From 2018 to 2021, Toyota proved to be the most efficient on Road America with two wins (2019, 2021), followed by Ford (2020).
- No driver in the history of the race won Henry 180 more than once
- Richard Childress Racing is the most successful team of Henry 180 with three wins, albeit they’ve not won once since Michael McDowell lead his Chevrolet to the victory lane in 2016. Since then, Joe Gibbs Racing has emerged as the most successful team with two wins (2019, 2021).
Henry 180 Betting Predictions
As the last race showed, anything can happen in Xfinity Series; however, that’s not the mentality you should have when making your picks. Instead, we will trust the numbers, and if we go purely off stats, it’s hard to ignore A.J. Allmendinger.
Admittedly, he wasn’t impressive last weekend, but Allmendinger is still rightly one of the favorites to win the 2022 Henry 180. He was fourth here last year and second in 2020, so he clearly loves the track even though he has yet to win it.
Throughout this season, Allmendinger has been one of our favorite drivers, which likely won’t change for a while. Even though his performance last weekend can concern many, it has only made the market trust him less, offering us a great opportunity to bet on Allmendinger to get back on track and win his third race of the season.
Prediction: A.J. Allmendinger to win