Fantasy Live Picks for Nashville


The Cup Series will go racing in Music City this week when they take the green flag at Nashville Superspeedway. This is race No. 19 on the schedule and that means there are only eight races left in the Fantasy Live regular season. So, how are your teams doing? My goal every year is for everyone to finish at the top of their league standings. We have two months to get you there if you still have ground to make up and eight races to keep you at the top if you are the leader of the pack.

Wow, what a bag of mixed emotions it was at New Hampshire. The picks were on fire at the start of the race. They scored 39 of the possible 40 Stage Points in Stage 1 and 32 Stage Points in the second Stage. Then everything went to shit. Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano got into each other and took out two of my drivers. The picks bounced back in the rain to score 215 points. They are now ranked 66th out of 352K entries. I will try my best to keep us climbing in these final eight races.




The Cup Series had a 20-minute practice session Saturday to shake down their cars for Sunday’s race. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs in practice. That is important because there are usually some long green flag runs at Nashville. There were only two cautions in the race last year. Track position is also king at this track. Five of the drivers who finished in the top-six last year all started in the top-eight. We need to focus our picks on the drivers who start up front and have good long-run speed in their cars.

Here are the practice speeds for the Ally 400…





DENNY HAMLIN (2): Hamlin has been in a slump lately, but a trip to Nashville should get him back inside the top-five. Hamlin has averaged 98 laps led, 17 Stage Points and a 4.5 average finishing position in the Gen-7 car at Nashville. He posted one of the fastest speeds in his group in practice and won the pole for the race. Hamlin should score a lot of points for your Fantasy Live lineup Sunday.  

CHRISTOPHER BELL (3): Bell has a lot of momentum right now. He has won two of the last five races and he has an average finishing position of fourth on his last three oval tracks. Bell has been good at Nashville too. He finished ninth, eighth and seventh in his three races in Music City. Bell starts third Sunday, so he has the track position to score a lot of Stage Point and finish in the top-five in Nashville.

KYLE LARSON (3): Is there any track that Larson is not good at. It doesn’t matter if it is a banked, flat, wet or dry; Larson can figure out a way to run up front. He has finished first, fourth and fifth in his three races in Music City. Larson has a great chance to finish in the top-five again Sunday.

TY GIBBS (7): Gibbs hasn’t been very good lately. He finished 25th at Iowa and 16th last week in New Hampshire. The No. 54 team has been much better at the high-banked tracks then they have been at the flat tracks. Gibbs finished 10th at Dover and second at Darlington. Gibbs posted the fastest speed in practice and qualified eighth for the race. I will play Gibbs and save an allocation for one of my top drivers for another race.

BRAD KESELOWSKI (7): I played Keselowski last week based on his stats at New Hampshire and he did not even show up. We have some data to work with this weekend, so I trust Keselowski much more at Nashville than I did in New Hampshire. Keselowski won the race on the 1.33-mile track in Darlington and he looks fast at this 1.33-mile track too. Keselowski also finished second at Charlotte, so he has been good in the intermediate aero package. I will take a chance with keselowski Sunday.

(GARAGE PICK) MARTIN TRUEX JR. (6): Truex isn’t retired yet. He had the fastest car last week until Joey Logano put him into the wall. I expect Truex to bounce-back Sunday. He led 50 laps, scored 16 Stage Points and finished second in this race last year. Truex posted was decent in practice and not very good in qualifying. That really hasn’t mattered much for the No. 19 team this year. Truex has still been able to make his way to the front. I will have Truex in the Garage as an insurance policy Sunday.


Good luck and be sure to follow me on X (Twitter) @MrFantasyNASCARI will send out a Tweet during the race to let you know if I plan to swap out one of my drivers for my Garage pick.