The anticipation for NASCAR’s return to real racing is sky high. All eyes will be on NASCAR this week and I expect an outstanding race. The drivers drew for their starting positions Sunday and that changed the way I feel about some of the drivers I selected in my original lineup I posted Tuesday. Here is my starting lineup for Darlington…
Driver Group Game A Pick
Brad Keselowski: The winner of the draw for starting positions was Brad Keselowski. He drew the pole position for the race Sunday and that gives him a little more value in the Driver Group Game then my original pick (Kevin Harvick). Keselowski has run well in the 550 HP aero-package this season and he has the best Driver Rating and best Average Finishing Position at Darlington since 2017. Keselowski should score a lot of Stage points, lead a lot of laps and finish up front Sunday.
Driver Group Game B Picks
Kurt Busch: The No. 1 team was not so lucky with their draw for their starting position. Kurt Busch will roll off the grid from the 22nd starting spot. I am not worried about Busch though. His stats at Darlington are outstanding and his performance in the 550 HP aero-package has been solid this season. Busch has finished 3rd, 6th and 7th in his last three races at the Track Too Tough to Tame. The competition caution at lap 30 should help Busch get to the front faster Sunday than if there was no automatic caution.
Jimmie Johnson: I really like Jimmie Johnson for this race. He has the most wins at Darlington because he is very good at managing his tire wear throughout a long run. Johnson has also been very good in the races that used the 550 HP aero-package this season. Johnson finished 5th at Las Vegas and 7th at Auto Club. Johnson starts 8th and he should spend a lot of time running in the top 10 Sunday.
Driver Group Game C Pick
Cole Custer: I originally had Tyler Reddick in this spot but he drew the No. 29 starting position. I thought it was a close call between Cole Custer and Reddick for this race and I feel more comfortable using Custer from the 14th starting position than I do with Reddick from the back. Custer won the Xfinity Series race at Darlington last year and he finished 2nd at the track in 2018. I will roll the dice with Custer and save Matt Kenseth for the race Wednesday.
Driver Group Game Team
Good luck this week!
*Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro
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