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 was right on with the prediction of a caution and wreck filled race for the Trucks Series. But a lot of my targets got caught up in those wrecks -- mostly being unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's short track racing.
The Xfinity Series has not raced at Martinsville in recent years. So we're looking at tracks like Richmond and Phoenix as the closest comparison to this short, flat track. This is another cut-off race to set the Championship 4, so I think we see very aggressive action up front. Chase Briscoe has already advanced so he'll be going for the win at all costs. Cindric, Allgaier and Haley are up in points, but barely so. Jones, Chastain and Gragson are on the outside looking in coming into the race. All these guys should be battling in the Top 10 and I fully expect to see a lot of banging as the race goes on and the pressure turns up.
I think this will be a crazy race similar to last Fall's race where we saw 12 cautions and 80 of 200 laps run behind the pace car. In the last four races here, we've seen an average of 8+ caution flags and over 60 laps run under caution. This means lots of restarts and lots of opportunity for lead changes and wrecks. I'm likely to play this more conservative with position difference guys as opposed to playing guys starting right up front. I'm really worried about wrecks and I don't think any one guy dominates huge chunks of this race.
Only a few minutes to write up my thoughts--
(Trucks post is below.)
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE -- MOVING B.J. MCLEOD UP THE "PUNT" LIST. HE'S DRIVING THE #90 DGM CAR, WHICH IS AN UPGRADE OVER HIS NORMAL RIDE WITH JD MOTORSPORTS. THIS SHOULD BE TOP 20 EQUIPMENT AND B.J. IS ONE OF THE MORE DEPENDABLE AND MISTAKE FREE DRIVERS IN THIS SERIES. HE'S MY FAVORITE SALARY SAVER PLAY BY A WIDE MARGIN NOW.
Little different format to save some time. I'm just going to comment on some guys I think will be of interest for cash games.
The Trucks Series will race on Sunday morning before the Cup Series race. Typically we see the Trucks race at night here, so it will throw a little bit of a curveball at the teams to be racing during the day. Here is what I'm thinking.
It was a frustrating Saturday. Wasn't a total bust, but got awful sick of seeing my guys run into in both the Trucks and Xfinity races. Let's hope we can stay clean on Sunday,
I'm going to start with $7k and under targets, which are pretty obvious:
It's a real small player pool for me in the Xfinity Series and I think we'll see a lot of lineup overlap in cash games. Let's jump into the names:
Let's dive right into Saturday's Truck Series race. We had two races at Kansas earlier this year in a doubleheader weekend. Austin Hill won the first race - leading 65 laps and running 19 fastest laps. Matt Crafton won the second race - leading 23 laps and running 16 fastest laps. Both races show a couple of things I've talked about a lot with the Trucks Series: (1) Austin Hill is the best bet at the 1.5 mile tracks and (2) we tend to see a couple of guys leading laps and splitting fastest laps pretty evenly and usually don't see one guy just drive off and dominate. A lot of point (2) has to do with the fact that the stages are so short, and we see a lot of cautions, so get lead changes with frequent pit stops, restarts, etc. With that said, here's who I am focused on for cash game lineups:
A few comments on guys (and a gal) I considered but left off my list:
After seeing what happened on Saturday, I honestly don't know what advice to give you. I'm going to keep it simple and short.
I think it's a pretty small player pool this week. With the road course, it's essential to find guys who are going to move up from their starting spots. With reduced laps, scores are much lower then a normal week so every single point matters. Here are the guys I'm considering for my cash game lineup:
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