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!
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I talked last week in the Xfinity article about how the repaved Kentucky is a single groove track making it very difficult to pass. And I went through the numbers showing how the Top 10-15 starters tended to end up in the Top 10-15 finishing positions. That turned out to be true again last week. Of the Top 15 starters, 13 of them also finished in the Top 15. The only two newcomers to the Top 15 started the race just outside the Top 15 at 16th and 18th. And, the only two Top 15 starters who did not also finish in the Top 15 were not passed on track. They both suffered fatal engine/mechanical issues (Ray Black Jr and Brandon Jones).
This week again, the Xfinity Series will be at what is historically a single groove track where it's very difficult to pass. For at least the last five years, the cars that qualify up front here completely dominate the race. In the last five races, every car that has started 1st, 2nd or 3rd has finished in the Top 5. And in two of the last five races, the cars starting 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th finished the race in the exact same order -- 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. That's pretty remarkable. So, again this week, we'll put a little less emphasis on position difference and more focus on the cars starting up front and mid-tier cars starting around 18th-24th that we think can gain a few spots and score a solid points day. (Two caveats to all this -- (1) This race has tended to have a few Cup Series guys like Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski who we would expect to dominate the race no matter what. Only Paul Menard is of note crossing over from the Cup Series this week. (2) Last year, Keselowski won the pole but had to start from the rear. He easily worked through the field and led 72 laps. So it's not impossible for a great driver in a great car to pass. But for a normal Xfinity ride, it's extremely tough.)
I'll again be looking to roster Christopher Bell and Cole Custer. Both have been very good this year at the shorter, flatter tracks that are most comparable to New Hampshire. I'm looking at Bell as my #1 Dominator with Custer #2.
Wanting to grab two Dominator options, you're going to need multiple value plays. Here's the options I'm focusing on as of now:
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