NASCAR One & Done Pick for Darlington

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NASCAR put on a great show in the Heartland last week and now it is time to turn back the clock for a “throwback race” at one of NASCAR’s oldest track. Darlington Raceway is a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped track that has high banking and a surface that is like a cheese grater. The cars are going to look cool and there will be a lot of movement within the field to provide some good racing. I doubt NASCAR can top the show they had at Kansas, but the race at “The Track Too Tough to Tame” should still be must see TV. The Goodyear 400 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.

We had two One & Done picks that turned out pretty good at Kansas and one that was a bust. I used NOAH GRAGSON in the games where you can only start a driver once throughout the season. Gragson ran in the top-10 for most of the race and he finished 9th. DENNY HAMLIN was the pick in games where you can use a driver more than once. Hamlin led a lot of laps, scored a lot of Stage Points and finished 5th. I expected more from Hamlin, but I will take a top-five finish from the No. 11 car. I used TYLER REDDICK in the games that reset at the end of the regular season. He was the driver I had the most confidence in. Reddick ran up front for most of the race, but he got into the wall and finished 20th. I will do my best to get us three good picks this week at Darlington.

Here are the picks for the Goodyear 400 ….

 

ONE & DONE CONTESTS

This pick is for games where you can only use a driver once throughout the season.

DENNY HAMLIN will be my pick in games where you can use a driver once throughout the season. Hamlin seems to be on a mission to win the championship this year. He has led laps in 16 consecutive races. This is one short of Kyle Busch’s 17 races. Hamlin should have won the last race at Darlington. He led 177 laps, won both Stages, but was caught up in an accident in the final laps of the race. The No. 11 car looks fast again this week. Hamlin wasn’t the fastest in practice but he said on the radio that he was trying different lines to ensure his car ran well at the middle and the top. Hamlin wasn’t concerned with lap speeds.  I would not be surprised to see Hamlin back in Victory Lane Sunday.

 

ONE & DONE (REGULAR SEASON/PLAYOFF GAMES)

There are some One & Done Contests that reset when the playoffs start. That means you only need to use 26 Drivers for the regular season and then 10 drivers for the playoffs. We can be more aggressive in these types of One & Done Contests.

BRAD KESELOWSKI will be my pick in games that reset at the end of the regular season. Could this be the weekend when Keselowski breaks his 110-race winless streak and gets his first win at RFK Racing? Darlington is a good track for Keselowski, so maybe it will happen. Keselowski finished 6th, 4th and 7th in his last three races at Darlington. He also scored Stage Points in every Stage last year and had the 4th-best average running position in the two races. Keselowski was 3rd-fastest on the 20-lap average speed and 25-lap average speed charts in practice. Keselowski never runs well in practice and qualifies up front. We he does, you need to use the No. 6 car in your lineups.

 

 

ONE & DONE (USE A DRIVER MORE THAN ONCE)

There are some One & Done games that are not really “One & Done.” I play in a league where you can use a driver twice and another league where you can use a driver three times during the season. The picks posted below are for these types of contests (I am going to base these picks on being able to use a driver twice during the 2024 season).

TYLER REDDICK will be my pick in games where you can use a driver more than once during the 2024 season. It is no secret that Reddick is one of the best drivers at Darlington. This track wears out tires quickly and that forces the drivers to move up the track to make speed. Reddick is one of the best at running the wall. The only question is… How many “Darlington Stripes” can his car take in the race? Reddick finished 2nd, 22nd, 3rd and 2nd in the four races at Darlington in the Gen-7 car. The No. 45 car looks fast again this week. Reddick posted the top-10 speed on the long runs in practice and he won the pole for the race. This is a good race to use Reddick as your One & Done pick.

 

Good luck Sunday!

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