The 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series has been relatively drama-free so far, but that could all change this weekend.
There haven’t been that many surprises. The drivers in good equipment have won, and one in particular has made a name for himself as arguably the hottest commodity Richard Childress Racing has had in a good while.
Enter the still somewhat new Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Atlanta repave was stricken with reviews that ranged from incredibly positive to absolutely hateful, and we wrote all about it here at Frontstretch.com.
If you’re unfamiliar, though, the repave essentially adds another superspeedway-esque course to the schedule. The money is made in the draft, and drivers don’t need the best equipment to be fast — although it sure helps.
That means that even though Austin Hill and others have proven themselves to be the names to watch at superspeedways in Xfinity, the door is open for others to snag a coveted playoff spot themselves, and it’s my job to tell you about them.
Parker Kligerman – No. 48 Chevrolet, Big Machine Racing
Parker Kligerman is currently at +3000 to win on DraftKings, but at +900 for a top three and +400 for a top five. Are those odds great? No, but you read the headline, didn’t you? Kligerman is trying to steal a playoff spot from guys like Hill, who’s currently at +450 to win.
Kligerman didn’t have the best of days at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year with a 23rd-place finish, but since then he’s strung together three top 15s and one top-10 finish at Auto Club Speedway. On top of that, he’s finished well at superspeedways in his career when he’s made it to the end, including a pair of Craftsman Truck Series wins at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kligerman has shown some speed during the West Coast swing, and if he can bring that speed back to this side of the Mississippi River, he’s well within a shot at Atlanta. On top of that, he wants to win “so damn bad.” Don’t believe me? Read it and weep.
Jeb Burton – No. 27 Chevrolet – Jordan Anderson Racing
At even more of a long shot to win is Jeb Burton, coming in at an attractive +5000. Jeb could be an even more attractive spot-stealing prospect than Kligerman in all honesty if you only compare their track records.
Burton’s season has been Jekyll and Hyde up to this point, but an 11th-place finish at Daytona is nothing to scoff at, and how quick we are to forget about his 2021…
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