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Saturday AM Update: Looking back at last year, 11 was the most laps led and 7 was the most fastest laps. That added up to a grand total of 6.25 DK points. In 2016, it was 24 laps led and 15 fastest laps for 13.5 DK points. In 2015, it was 23 laps led and 14 fastest laps for 12.75 DK points. So, again, you do not need a Dominator to win this week. You want solid guys (and maybe a gal) from top to bottom with a good outlook on finishing position and positive position difference.
Nothing much changes to my initial list after Friday practice. I still like them to varying degrees. I feel real good about Allgaier and Gaughan. I also feel pretty secure in using Conor Daly in any format. He ran a lot of laps in final practice and put on new tires near the end of the practice and ran a really strong lap. He also got shafted by his sponsor, so may have some additional motivation to put on a good showing in the race.
I will add Justin Marks, Austin Cindric and JD Davison to the watch list. They all had real good speed and are with strong teams. Will all depend where they qualify. Finally, add Katherine Legge as a cheaper option at $6,000. She was running well at Mid Ohio until she had a motor issue. She was running pretty well in practice today too until Tyler Reddick hit her. There was some damage, but it didn't look like anything that would impact their race. Depending on qualifying spot, she could provide strong value.
Some notes to help you build lineups for Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Road America. The track is over 4 miles long, so it's only 45 laps that make up the 180 mile race. Only 11.25 total points out there for laps led and 22.5 points for fastest laps. Finishing position and position difference will be most important this week.
There's a chance for rain both Friday and Saturday with the greater chance looking like Friday. The most likely scenario is a wet track Friday and dry track for the race Saturday. That would really favor the series regulars who have done multiple road course races here and this year. It would also really hurt guys like Bill Elliott, Conor Daly, etc. who need practice time in race conditions since they're not accustomed to these cars.
GL on Saturday. Depending on what happens in practice on Friday, I may post a brief update Friday night/Saturday morning.
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