I started this blog to provide a casual, recreational level of fantasy NASCAR advice and discussion. I've been playing these contests for a number of years and am annoyed by lineup sellers and groups of players using the same lineup. I'm hoping to give the casual player some help in building solid lineups that can beat that annoying crowd most of the time. I'm not a "tout" and don't do this for a living, so proceed accordingly. I hope you enjoy the discussion here and Good Luck!
So we've got an ongoing COVID outbreak in our house. Three of five have it. Luckily, everyone is doing well and seems well on the road to full recovery. But it's chaotic. So I'm skipping the Trucks and Xfinity races at Bristol entirely. I'll be playing some in the Cup race, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to post an article Friday night.
Hopefully back to normal soon. Stay safe out there.
For cash games, it's a stars and scrubs week for sure. We've got a number of really good high end plays and some palatable cheaper options to go with them. Here are the guys I'm focusing on:
Not into giving out full lineups, so this has to be incredibly short. Use guys starting 27th or worse and stay away from the Rick Ware and MBM cars due to unreliability and risk of losing the draft. Other than that, you're fine.
As always, don't over do it at the super speedways.
There's not much to say about this. For cash games, there's absolutely no reason to use anyone starting higher than 30th. All of the guys starting in the 30s are fine. The only guy I probably wouldn't use is Tim Viens starting 40th. Other than that, a few notes:
It has been an awfully crazy and unpredictable weekend of racing so far. And we look up and see Daytona starring us in the face for next weekend. Wow. Let's look at this Cup race on Sunday. Here are my cash game and single entry targets:
Well that was a wild Truck Series race Friday night. It turned into a Daytona plate track race in a hurry. Don't think the Michigan races will be anywhere near as eventful. It's a very fast, but also very wide track that offers plenty of room. We have not seen more than a handful of incident cautions here over the last several races. And you really need power here, so the gap between the have and have nots in the Xfinity Series get pretty big at this track. Here are my main cash game options at this time:
Just wanted to mention a few other guys:
A lot to cover this weekend, so I'm going to keep the Trucks analysis short.
Bets -- I feel real good about all of these, which makes me really nervous:
As with Xfinity, it's hard to get too deep without starting positions, but here are some notes and ideas about how I'm leaning heading into qualifying Sunday morning. I wouldn't go too crazy relying on practice times since it was their first exposure to the track and a short practice where most guys ran only about 15 laps. But it is some extra information.
Xfinity is really goofy this week.
First, pricing is crazy. There are way too many good cars/drivers priced under $6,500 to where it's pretty easy to stack the three studs -- Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger and Ty Gibbs -- with three cheaper guys and still make a really good lineup top to bottom. Whether we want to do that, or take a more balanced approach, will be determined by qualifying.
Second, we've got 40+ entries for 36 spots with race day qualifying. So we'll have a lot of cars that don't make the race and likely some decent cars that get a bad lap in qualifying and start towards the back. How qualifying shakes out will, in large part, determine how we want to build our lineups.
It's hard to know what will be most useful come Saturday afternoon, but here are some notes to help you sort things out after qualifying --
My cash game group is pretty small for The Glen on Sunday. Here it is:
Not a lot I'm seeing right now.
My name is Steve and I've won thousands playing NASCAR fantasy racing games. This blog will share my advice for enjoying and winning your fantasy racing games. I'm also a NASCAR writer at the motor sports website slicksandsticks.com