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!
Anniversary weekend for me, so I won't be posting anything for Dover. Back in full for COTA next weekend!
SUNDAY UPDATE -- ADDED ONE MORE H2H BET AT THE BOTTOM
We really don't have a whole lot to go on this weekend because the Cup Series is running the 750HP, low downforce package. It's radically different than what they've run here the last two years -- and much closer to the 2018 Cup package and even the Xfinity Series set up. And there aren't any good track comparisons where the 750HP package has been run. Most of the 750HP tracks are shorter flat tracks (like Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond) that don't really comp to Darlington at all. Other 750HP tracks (like Dover and Bristol) do have significant banking in the corner like Darlington, but they are much shorter overall and/or don't have the real high groove that most prefer at Darlington. Without practice, we're doing even more guessing then normal this weekend.
Spend up options
Middle Tier Options
Not a lot of history to go on here. Before last year, the Trucks had not raced here since 2011. And last year's race was a hotter, day time race whereas Friday's race will be in the cooler evening into the night. The closest comp for this year is probably Atlanta because of how both tracks chew up the tires very quickly. But Atlanta was also a day time race. So really nothing great to go on. It's going to be a bit of a crap shoot.
SATURDAY UPDATE -- A FEW MORE H2H BETS ADDED
There are a number of obvious, chalky plays this week. But it's also hard to fit many of them together in a viable lineup for cash games because there is really only one good play in the sub-$7k range. So that makes lineup building a challenge and it will be interesting to see which ways people go. Here is my Saturday night thought process.
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATES IN BOLD -- BETS ADDED AT THE BOTTOM
SATURDAY UPDATE -- A FEW BETTING NOTES ADDED
We've got a 200 mile, 134 lap Trucks Series race on Saturday evening. I'm going to break this article down by categories of drivers that I think are good cash game plays.
The Position Difference Guys
Don't have much more to say about this one. Start guys in the back. I'd use 28th on back as my possible player pool for cash games. 3 of the last 4 Talladega Cup Series races have had 3+ large, multi-car wrecks. In those three races, we've averaged only 20 cars finishing on the lead lap with 13 cars out of the race completely from the wrecks. Weather forecast looks good for Sunday, which means we should go the full length with plenty of opportunities to wreck. Good luck.
I'll be using the typical cash game strategy of rostering guys starting in the back hoping to avoid any crushing negative scores when the wrecks take place. With how the field lines up, I see no reason to use anyone starting above 30th position in cash games. So I'll give you a few thoughts about each of the drivers from 30th on back to help you decide which of them to use--
UPDATES IN BOLD BELOW
My two cash game locks are Kyle Busch and Timmy Hill.
You can still afford one of Sam Meyer or Derek Kraus.
Or you can take a chance on Chandler Smith or Johnny Sauter.
Bets - I like some H2H bets for this race
500 laps of Cup Series racing hopefully on Saturday night coming up. Rain is forecast, so we could have some curveballs thrown our way with this one.
FRIDAY UPDATES IN BOLD BELOW
We're back for Xfinity Series short track racing on a Friday night. 250 laps is a lot for an Xfinity Series race, so we really need to be aware of the laps led and fastest laps points for this one. Also, last year was the first year in a long time that the Xfinity Series has raced at Martinsville, so we don't have a whole lot of data at this track to work from. Let's get to it--
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