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!
I try to be as honest and transparent as I can be every week and this week that leads me in a little different direction for the final update. The bottom line is that this race is terrible for cash game plays and I'm playing very little this weekend. On top of the uncertainty with the new track, we've got what would otherwise be key cash game targets like Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Eric Jones all starting from the rear but being credited with mid-field starting spots. We've also got a mix of guys who will be ultra aggressive because they are below the cut and need to win or have some bizarre results to advance to the next round. And on top of all that, we've got ultra aggressive drivers like AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray who have no ride for next year and may throw caution to the wind in hopes of scoring a victory on their way out the door. I don't like the mix at all.
With all that out of the way, here are the guys I am mostly focused on for the few cash game contests I am going to enter:
Good luck. Please don't over do it this race.
Should be a crazy weekend and very difficult to predict with no track history whatsoever. 109 laps, so just over 25 laps led points and 50 fastest lap points are out there. Looking at the most recent Sonoma and Watkins Glen road course races, we tend to see two or three drivers getting the bulk of those extra points. We've tended to see one guy lead about 1/3-1/2 of the race with one or two other guys leading about 1/4 of the race and then a few more leading a handful of laps. There tends to be a similar distribution of fastest laps. So, we'd like to get some of those extra points in our lineup, but position difference and a solid finishing position are going to be most critical this weekend.
Here are some guys I am focusing on heading into the weekend:
More to follow as we move closer to race day.
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE
There was no tech inspection before qualifying, so it will all be done on Saturday. That means you have to check what happens with inspection because if a car fails even one time, its qualifying time is disallowed and it will start from the back. But it will also get an official starting spot in the back which is potentially big for position difference. I don't expect mass failures here, but there will probably be a couple and those guys might become near must play guys.
Here's what I like as things sit now:
Race Two of the playoffs will be at Richmond on Saturday night. First some general strategy pointers for the week then onto some preliminary driver targets.
Could be a fun race on Sunday with a hot, slick track. All things considered, here are my top cash game plays for the week:
As a NASCAR fan, I'm very excited for the playoffs. It will be fun to watch how the Big 3 do and who might join them as top championship contenders. Keselowski is hot going into the tournament so it will be interesting to see what he can do. Lots of people turning their attention to fantasy football right now, but I hope we still see people interested in our NASCAR stuff. It's a great time for fantasy sports -- stretch run in NASCAR and baseball all while football ramps up. Here's our top list of guys to focus on heading into the weekend:
Check back throughout the weekend as we'll have more leading into Saturday's Xfinity Series race and Sunday's Cup Series race.
A very uncertain situation this weekend due to the weather. Heavy/flooding rains are expected to begin on Friday and last well into Sunday. It's unclear if there will be any dry time to allow any practice -- much less any racing -- to take place this weekend. For now, I'm only going to post a few drivers who stand out coming into the weekend. I'm not sure what else I'll be posting for this weekend. Stay tuned.
Here's a few notes to help you with Xfinity Series lineups on Saturday:
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