Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Watkins Glen


The NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series will compete at Watkins Glen International Raceway this weekend. There are only two races left in the regular season for the Cup Series. There have been 15 winners this season. Will the Cup Series get to 16? There is a better chance we see a new driver in Victory Lane next week at Daytona, but I would not count out drivers like Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell or AJ Allmendinger this week. It should be another crazy for the Cup Series. The Go Bowling at the Glen can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network.

* Once again NBC will not be televising Xfinity Series practice or qualifying. It will be available on the NBC Sports App, but good luck getting that to work.



The race Sunday at Watkins Glen will be the fifth race for the Gen-7 car on a road course. Austin Cindric is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in all four road course races this year. Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher and Michael McDowell finished in the top-10 in three of the four races. It will be a good idea to fit most of these drivers into your fantasy lineups this week.

The Gen-7 car does not drive like the previous cars on the road courses because of the larger brake package and the independent rear suspensions. Some teams, like Joe Gibbs Racing have been good on the road courses in the past, but they have struggled this year. RFK Racing did not have a strong history on the road courses, but Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski have run well on the tracks this year. I will be focusing on the data from the four road course races (COTA, Sonoma, Road America and Indy Road Course) for the driver rankings this week.

Here are my Driver Rankings for the Go Bowling at the Glen…

1. Chase Elliott
2. Austin Cindric
3. Tyler Reddick
4. Ross Chastain
5. Chris Buescher
6. Kyle Larson
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Michael McDowell
9. Daniel Suarez
10. AJ Allmendinger
11. Kevin Harvick
12. Chase Briscoe
13. Christopher Bell
14. William Byron
15. Martin Truex Jr.
16. Brad Keselowski
17. Alex Bowman
18. Justin Haley
19. Denny Hamlin
20. Kyle Busch
21. Cole Custer
22. Ty Gibbs /Kurt Busch
23. Joey Logano
24. Austin Dillon
25. Harrison Burton
26. Joey Hand
27. Aric Almirola
28. Erik Jones
29. Todd Gilliland
30. Ty Dillon
31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
32. Bubba Wallace
33. Corey LaJoie
34. Cody Ware
35. Kimi Raikkonen
36. Kyle Tiley
37. Daniil Kvyat
38. Loris Hezemans
39.  Mike Rokenfeller

* These rankings will be updated Saturday after qualifying


Good Luck This Week!


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