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!
Here are my notes heading into practice on Friday. I'll update as needed late Friday after practice. See Friday night updates in bold. Of note from practice, Denny Hamlin went to a back up car. He will officially have whatever starting position he qualifies with tomorrow morning but will have to drop to the rear before the race begins.
The Trucks series has its one and only road course race on Sunday. Here's a few notes to help you with lineup builds -- primarily for cash games.
Will have write ups for both the Xfinity race on Saturday and the Trucks race on Sunday. I love the Road America track but, in all honesty, stock cars look very out of place there. Weather looks good in the mid-70s and mostly sunny. I had some thoughts heading into practice Friday and most of them were solidified and confirmed by what went down at practice. Here's where I'm at heading into qualifying and the race on Saturday:
Had a good night in the Truck race, so looking to go back to back on Friday night. Here are a few notes to help guide the lineup choices:
Love the night Truck series races and Bristol should be interesting this week. It's a popular/prestigious race, so we've got numerous additional entries this week and they end up creating a pretty sizable list of mid-priced and low-priced targets. I'll focus there:
First and foremost, follow inspection issues on Sunday morning. It's an impound weekend, so if a car fails inspection on Sunday, the qualifying time is disallowed and it gets an official starting spot in the rear. Our last impound race was last week at Pocono where we saw nine cars fail inspection. It turned every cash lineup upside down in the hours before the race.
If we have inspection failures Sunday, it will turn over lineups once again. As it stands now, I really don't see a whole lot of good value plays. Most cars seemed to qualify about where you would expect based on practice speeds, etc. There are a few cars in the 14th-25th range that have +8 to +10 position difference upside. But otherwise no one is sticking out as an obvious value play. And I don't see a whole lot of upside out of any of the cheapest drivers starting from 26th on back.
With that background, let's get into some of the cars I'm focused on:
82 laps from Watkins Glen on Saturday afternoon for the Xfinity Series. Kyle Busch will be in the #18 car and I think the most likely scenario is that we see him start up front, lead most of the laps and finish up front. I'm obviously not going out on a limb with that take, but let's make sure not to overthink this one.
Since Kyle should get most of the dominator points, we'll be looking to fill the rest of the lineup with guys we feel can get a great finishing position with a few positive position difference points and guys starting further back that we think can move up 8-10 spots or so. Here is who I'm targeting heading into qualifying on Saturday morning:
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