2015 Road America 180 Odds, Free Picks & Predictions: Favorites, Contenders & Sleepers: With the Sprint Cup Series taking its final off week of the 2015 season, the XFINITY Series will take center stage this weekend with its third road course event in the last three weeks. Road America will host Saturday’s Road America 180, and the massive, 14-turn track is easily the biggest on the schedule at 4.05 miles. While navigating the twists and turns at Road America is a challenge, the race is a great opportunity for the series regulars to show their stuff since the Cup Series stars are enjoying some time off. With that in mind, here is a closer look at the driver’s to watch.
2015 Road America 180 Odds, Free Picks & Predictions: Favorites, Contenders & Sleepers
He is arguably the best road course race among the XFINITY Series regulars, and in two road course starts this year, Chris Buescher has finishes of third and fourth, leading laps in both events. Buescher won a road course race last season, and he should be back in the mix for another victory this weekend.
Although he hasn’t made a road course start in the XFINITY Series this season, Ryan Blaney should be one of the top contenders at Road America this weekend. After all, he has five top-five finishes in eight XFINITY starts this year, and he will be driving the Team Penske No. 22 car that is leading the owner point standings by a wide margin.
While he has never made a start in the XFINITY Series at Road America, Boris Said is one of the most accomplished road course drivers in racing today, so experience is not an issue. More importantly, he will be back behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 this weekend, and in two previous road course starts with the team this year, he has an 8.5 average finish overall and one top-five finish
Road racing is not Paul Menard’s specialty, but he is the only Sprint Cup Series regular scheduled to be in the field this weekend, so he will have a sizeable edge in experience. Plus, he did crack the top 10 in his lone road course start in the series this season, and this weekend’s field will be very manageable compared to the field he faced at Watkins Glen.
He has been very aggressive in the first two road course races of the season, but it is hard to argue with Ty Dillon’s results. After all, he is one of just two series regulars to finish in the top five at both Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen this season, and there is no reason to expect him to slow down this weekend in a field lacking a bunch of big names.
He was taken out in a wreck at Watkins Glen while running in the top 10, but Regan Smith bounced back with a victory at Mid-Ohio. Smith hasn’t really been much of a road racer in previous years, but as strong as he has looked in 2015, he can’t be counted out Saturday.
While he is still looking for a road course win, Chase Elliott seems to be in the mix in every road course event. He has finished seventh and fifth in the two road course races this season, and he finished fourth in his first start at Road America last year. It is only a matter of time before Elliott breaks through.
He has been solid in the first two road course events of the season, finishing 12th and 10th, but Road America always seems to bring out the best in Brendan Gaughan. Not only is he the defending winner of this weekend’s race, but he has compiled a 5.0 average finish in three starts at the track and has a pair of top-three finishes.
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