The Xfinity Series will travel to Bristol Motor Speedway this week to start their playoffs. The 12 drivers competing for the championship include John H. Nemechek, Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, Cole Custer, Sam Mayer, Chandler Smith, Josh Berry, Sheldon Creed, Sammy Smith, Jeb Burton, Daniel Hemric and Parker Kligerman. These are not the only drivers who will be in the race Friday night. Trevor Bayne will drive the No. 19 car for Joe Gibbs Racing at his home track and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the Xfinity Series. It should be a fun race to watch and a good race for a DFS contest. The Food Series 300 can be seen Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
PRACTICE AT BRISTOL
The Xfinity Series teams had a short practice session to shake down their cars for Friday night’s race at Bristol. Practice really does not matter at Bristol. NASCAR applies PJ1 (sticky stuff) on the track. All of the drivers will run the bottom in practice but they will move to the top in the race once the “sticky stuff” is activated. We still need to look at the lap times, but I would not build my lineups from the speed charts. Qualifying is more important, because it has been tough to pass at Bristol. I plan to use many drivers who qualify up front in this race.
Here are the lap times from the practice Friday’s practice at the Bristol Motor Speedway…
AVERAGE DFS POINTS ON SIMILAR TRACKS
Bristol is a .533-mile, high-banked concrete oval. There really isn’t any track on the schedule that is the same at Bristol. I typically look at the driver’s track history at Bristol to help handicap this race. Drivers either know how to get around Bristol or they are in the way. I also add in the data from Dover (another high-banked, concrete oval) and then I use the data from the other short tracks in 2023. This should give us a good idea of which drivers will be fast Friday night. .
Here are the average Draftkings Points from the previous races at Bristol and the races on similar tracks this year …
STRATEGY FOR BRISTOL
The race Bristol is all about the dominators. We MUST have the drivers who lead the most laps in our lineups or we will not win any money.
The trend in the last three races at Bristol is for one driver to lead 150 laps and score 42 fastest laps (56.4 dominator points) and another driver leads 90 laps and scores 40 fastest laps (40.5 dominator points). Our lineups will have a great chance to reach the pay-line if we are able to score the 97 bonus points that these two drivers are projected to score.
The drivers with the best chance to lead laps and score dominator points include Justin Allgaier, John H. Nemechek, Cole Custer and Josh Berry
The drivers with the best chance to score place differential points include Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Trevor Bayne, Sheldon Creed, Jeb Burton, Brett Moffitt, Kaz Grala, Connor Mosack, Kyle Weatherman, Stephon Parsons and Josh Bilicki
DRIVER RANKINGS FOR BRISTOL
CORE DRIVERS FOR BRISTOL
TOP-TIER DRIVERS: JUSTIN ALLGAIER ($11,500), JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK ($11,300), JOSH BERRY ($11,000), COLE CUSTER ($10,700), AUSTIN HILL ($10,400), SAM MAYER ($10,200), TREVOR BAYNE ($10,000), SHELDON CREED ($9,200), BRANDON JONES ($9,000)
VALUE-TIER DRIVERS: DALE EARNHARDT JR. ($8,800), DANIEL HEMRIC ($8,500), PARKER KLIGERMAN ($8,300), BRETT MOFFITT ($7,500), JEB BURTON ($7,000), KAZ GRALA ($6,700), PARKER RETZLAFF ($6,500), CONNOR MOSSAK ($6,400), ANTHONY ALFREDO ($6,100), BRENNAN POOLE ($6,000)
PUNT PLAYS: KYLE WEATHERMAN ($5,800), STEPHAN PARSONS ($5,500), RAJAH CARUTH ($5,300), JOSH BILICKI ($5,100)
DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST LINEUP
DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP
DRIVER GROUP GAME PICKS
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