Truck Series Fantasy Picks for Darlington


The Truck Series will join the Cup Series and the Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway this weekend. The Truck Series has been dominated by Corey Heim, Christopher Eckes and Ty Majeski this year, but they will have more competition tonight. Kyle Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 7 truck for Spire Motorsports and Ross Chastain will drive the No. 45 truck for Niece Motorsports. The field is stacked, so we can expect an exciting race at Darlington. The Buckle Up South Carolina 200 can be seen Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.



The Truckers were allowed 20-minutes of track time to shake down their trucks for Friday’s race. The trucks raced pretty clean last week, but will that be the case Friday night at Darlington? The last four Truck Series races at Darlington have average 10 cautions per race and 5 cautions in the final Stage. Darlington is a tough track for these young drivers so we can expect demolition derby once again. It is important to have good long-run speed at Darlington, but cannot ignore the short-run speed from practice since there is likely to be many restarts in the race. Here is the practice speed from Friday’s practice at Darlington…




There are 147 laps in the race at Darlington (200 miles). That means there are 36.75 points available for leading laps and 66.15 points available for fastest laps (102.9 dominator points). The trend in the last three races at Darlington is for one driver to lead 80 laps and score 32 fastest laps (34.4 dominator points). Another driver leads 68 laps and scores 20 fastest laps (26 dominator points). We need to pay up for the drivers who we think will lead the most laps, even if it is Kyle Busch this week and his $15K price tag tonight.

The key to winning our DraftKings Contest for the Truck Series at Darlington is to decide what to do with Kyle Busch. We can build some strong lineups by fading his ridiculous price tag, but will be sacrificing all of the dominator points by doing it? Busch has never raced a truck at Darlington. That surprises me. That just means that Darlington is one of the tracks that Busch has not took a truck to Victory Lane to. I am sure he wants to check that box Friday night. Busch has competed in four Truck Series races this year. He won two of them, finished 2nd in another and averaged 66 laps led and 38 fastest laps (33.6 dominator points) in the races. It is going to be tough to fade Rowdy Friday night.

Ross Chastain is the other wild card in this race. He ran the No. 45 truck at COTA this year and he finished 5th. Chastain drove the No. 45 truck seven times last year and he had an average finishing position of 14th. That includes a 13th-place finish at Darlington. Chastain does not have the value that Kyle Busch has in this race.

The drivers with the best chance to score dominator points today includes Kyle Busch, Corey Heim, Christian Eckes

The drivers with the best chance to score place differential points include Rajah Caruth, Tyler Ankrum, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Bayley Currey, Colby Howard, Stewart Freisen and Brett Holmes




* I will post two lineups for tonight’s race. One with KYLE BUSCH and one where I fade Rowdy. I will use the lineup where I use Busch for the Cash Contest and I will use the other lineup for Tournament Contests.










Good luck with your lineups!

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