Welcome to NASCAR DFS Pit Stop for Saturday’s Xfinity Series Money Lion 300 from Talladega Superspeedway. This is the second restrictor plate race of the season for NASCAR and it can go one of two ways, the boring type of race we saw from the Xfinity Series back at Daytona where nobody wanted to pass or take a chance, or what we saw at the 500, a wreckfest!
I feel like we might see something similar to the Xfinity race here which means picking drivers in high qualifying spots will be very important, but also picking those low priced drivers at the back who can pick up place differential points will also be vital. At this same race last season there were only 2 yellows for wrecks, and only 5 cars were out of the race due to wrecks, and no car that finished the race was less than 3 laps down (33rd place Mike Harmon) Since only 13 teams came back out to run second practice runs, it’s pretty evident that the majority of teams were happy with their first run and were to get out unscathed.
NASCAR DFS – Vegas odds:
Christopher Bell +600
Justin Allgaier +600
Tyler Reddick +600
Cole Custer +900
Jeffrey Earnhardt +900
Austin Cindric +1000
Brandon Jones +1000
Michael Annett +1000
NASCAR DFS – Leaders of the Pack
Both Cole Custer and Christopher Bell are great options, and will end being chalkier options as well since they have dominated the sport this season. Because of that I won’t write them up, but instead give you a few other options.
Avg Finish in 2019: 5.4
Reddick might be favorite to win this race today. In first practice on Friday (if I reference practice in the rest of the article it will be the first session) Reddick ran the 6th fastest lap as well as the 3rd best 10 lap average. Last season at Talladega Reddick would finish in 8th after qualifying in the same position. I feel like Reddick is due, he has 5 straight finishes inside the top 4 and has run near the front in all 5 races and has led laps in 3 of the 5.
Justin Allgaier ($10,500)
Avg Finish in 2019: 13th
Like Reddick above, Allgaier is also due to pick up a win, after leading 224 laps combined in the last two NXS races with only a 30th (engine blew up) and a 3rd place finish to show for it. Allgaier had the 5th best lap time in practice on Friday, but only the 10th best 10 lap average. Allgaier and the #7 team led 36 laps here last year and wound up finishing 3rd. For me it will come down to where Allgaier and Reddick qualify before I decide on which I want to roll out, or maybe I can find a way to put them in the same lineup together.
Austin Cindric ($9,900)
Avg Finish in 2019: 8.4
Cindric ran a top 10 practice speed, coming in to the garage 7th best, but did manage the second best 10 lap average. If not for being wrapped in the second wreck last season Cindric probably could have pulled out a top ten. Cindric qualified 11th here but because of the late wreck he was involved in, he would finish 30th. I think Cindric and the #22 are a dark horse to win this race and will most likely be very low owned.
NASCAR DFS – Middle of the Pack
Chase Briscoe ($9,500)
Avg Finish in 2019: 7.8
Chase Briscoe is severely underpriced in my opinion by DraftKings this week once again. After having his 2 worst finishes in the first 2 races of the year (15th and 12th), Briscoe has 6 straight top 10 finishes (top 8 finishes actually) and even though he came home 16th in this race last year, Briscoe is definitely one of the best drivers on the NXS right now and another top 10 seems to be in the cards today.
Brett Moffitt ($9,300)
Avg Finish in 2019: N/A
Moffitt is newest driver the revolving door that is the #8 Chevy Camaro from JR Motorsports. This car has faired well this season but is yet to find the winners circle, but Moffitt might actually be able to do that. If you are unaware, Moffitt is a full-time Gander Outdoors Trucks Series driver, and is one of the top drivers on the circuit. The #8 team and Moffitt had the best 10 lap average in practice.
Ross Chastain ($8,500)
Avg Finish in 2019: 16.1
Chastain was tops on the leaderboard after 1st practice and was one of the 13 cars that went out for final practice and he ran 2nd there. This car is fast and if he can avoid the big one he could be set up nicely for a 10 finish.
Noah Gragson ($8,100)
Avg Finish in 2019: 11.3
Gragson was only bested in practice by Chastain on Friday and looks like he has a really fast car again this week. Last season at Talladega, Gragson drove himself a great race and even though he started 20th, he would end up in the top 5 with a 4th place finish.
Other Options: Ryan Sieg ($9,100), Justin Haley ($8,800), Brandon Brown ($7,600)
NASCAR DFS – Back of the Pack
Jeremy Clements ($7,200)
Avg Finish in 2019: 21.3
Clements is one of those place differential plays I might like. If he qualifies lower than 20th, he is a great play with 5 finishes inside the top 20 this season.
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Matt Mills ($5,400)
Avg Finish in 2019: 26.5
Mills doesn’t have a fast car, but he will most likely stay on the track and finish the race a few laps down. Mills typically out races his qualifying spot and earns you a couple of place differential points. If Mills qualifies in his typical high 20’s-low 30’s spot he will be worth a look, but I prefer the next guy…
Mike Harmon ($5,300)
Avg Finish in 2019: 29.8
Using guys this low is purley a place differential play and Harmon may be the best of the bunch. In every race this season Harmon has picked up positive place differential points. He doesn’t have a fast car and won’t be a threat, but if he can stay of trouble, and he should since the trouble usually happens in the middle of the pack. he can get you a nice 20 point day which is all you ask for at this price.
Chris Cockrum ($5,000)
Avg Finish in 2019: 31st (1 race)
Like the two drivers before, Cockrum being a viable option is based on where he qaulifies. Despite not having a great car, Cockrum did run 10th in practice as well as the 5th best 10 lap average.
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