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I don't know if this will end up being a very popular idea, but my approach for Sunday's race is pretty cut and dried for me. I'm again expecting a lot of chaos and crazy stuff. We've seen it in practice throughout the weekend and we saw it last year when this race had 8 cautions -- 6 real cautions (1 debris and 5 incidents) plus the two stage breaks. The cautions and restarts breed more of the same. And it allows for differing strategies and guys being able to move up or down the running order based on luck and good timing. Given all this, I'm playing a very conservative lineup with a couple cheap punts and a solid core of good road course guys starting mid pack. Here's who I'm focused on:
First off, I'm happy to back. Had to take a few weeks off because I simply have not had enough time to properly prepare for the last couple of races. I'm ready to get back at it and bring home a solid finish this season. So let's get to it.
I'm expecting a pretty wild Xfinity race on Saturday. As we saw in all practices on Friday, there's not a lot of runoff room around the track so any off track adventures usually lead to heavy damage and could be race ending. We've got 67 laps scheduled, so a pretty limited amount of laps led and fastest laps points are at stake. We'd love to have someone score a few of those, but our main focus really has to be on raw finishing position and getting guys who will move up from their starting spot and not go backwards.
Based on recent road course performance and practice times from Friday, here is who I am most interested in heading into qualifying and the race on Saturday:
This week I'm going to focus more on overall lineup strategy and how I see the race playing out as opposed to identifying specific drivers I'm targeting. As you'll see from the article, so much depends on starting position and how you see the race playing out that it doesn't make sense to talk names until we have a starting order.
There are several good cars starting pretty far back Sunday night. But, to roster them, you're going to give up much chance of getting a lot of Dominator points for laps led and fastest laps because almost all those points come from cars starting in the Top 10. In fact, looking at the last four races here, of the cars that scored the most Dominator points (either 50+ laps led or 25+ fastest laps), 20 of those 21 cars started in the Top 10. And the lone outlier started 16th. It's only more difficult to pass with the new package this year, so I don't expect this to change at all.
Everyone will start with Kyle Busch and from there you have to decide whether you want to stay more conservative and get guys with position difference upside or go more aggressive and get a couple guys starting in the Top 10 in hopes of getting the DOM points.
Either way you go, here are the guys to target:
Bottom line for me as of now is to play this one more conservative and go for position difference in cash games with guys like Almirola, Newman, etc. There's just too much risk trying to chase DOM points and if you get one of those guys wrong you're toast. In tournaments, I'd do the exact opposite thing.
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