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 happy to have starting positions the day before. Let's get right to it.
Bets I am playing this weekend--
I can't wait to write about Cup on Saturday night when we will have qualifying spots nailed down the day before the race. As I said with Trucks, same day qualifying really limits what I can do.
I wish I could give you all some better advice, but the same day qualifying really limits what I can do. Best thing I can do is give you some thoughts on a bunch of guys I'll be looking to use so you have options once you know qualifying spots--
Practice at 11:30 (Eastern), qualifying at 5:30 and race at 8:30. You've got to check practice and qualifying results before finalizing your lineup. If I have time, I might throw up a quick update, but no guaranties.
It's just so tough to give any real concrete advice with same day qualifying. Like the Trucks and Xfinity race, I think it's best to target guys you think can give you at least 8-10 position difference points. There's enough laps in the Cup race (and we've seen very few cautions so far this weekend) to where targeting laps led and fastest laps could work. But with the way strategies and stage breaks work out, this can get really risky.
Here are some specific targets I have in mind heading into qualifying--
I can't do a whole lot worthwhile with Trucks or Xfinity. We're probably going to have qualifying in the wet weather, so anything can happen. Obviously, if good drivers mess up something in qualifying they are going to be great position difference plays. With stage breaks and cautions, there are so few dominator points out there that it makes the most sense to try to stack solid drivers who you think can gain 5-8 spots or so. Finishing position and positions gained are the key for tomorrow.
The best I can really do is give you a couple of lists of guys I'll really be watching in qualifying and be looking to roster depending on their starting position. I'm not going to include your top guys like Nemechek and Creed for Trucks or Cindric and Allmendinger for Xfinity.
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.
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