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Their success is unquestionable as year after year they dominate the NASCAR DFS world in the NASCAR Cup Series. It will be remarkably challenging to have to compete with their picks. Good thing I don’t have to.
As Chef and Chase continue to do their thing providing constant DFS cash flow opportunities for the Cup Series, I will be providing all the content you need for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starting with the season-opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona on Friday night (I will also have cup straight bets, Xfinity straight bets, and Xfinity DFS). I truly believe the NCWTS is the most exciting of the three premier NASCAR series, and I advise anybody who watches a lick of auto racing to pay more attention to it. I think it also provides the most upside for payouts due to the several reasons below.
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Vegas Doesn’t Know Enough About The NCWTS.
Based on my experience last year, I noticed throughout the entire season that many of the lines offered from race to race seemed off- in a good way. Many winners throughout the season were very undervalued in the races in which they were victorious. It’s worth noting that I picked: Sheldon Creed to win at Kentucky (+1600), Matt Crafton to win at Kansas (+1250), and Brandon Jones to win at Pocono (+850) in 2020.
A common betting principle that can apply to most sports is the theory that if you come across a line that seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is. Based on my success betting on the NCWTS last year, I would be heavily inclined to disagree. Basically, if Vegas were a person, I would fight them.
The NCWTS Provides a Very Even Playing Ground For The Drivers.
The Truck Series is extremely competitive. Multiple different teams and drivers are capable of winning a race at any time. The NCWTS featured 13 different winners in 23 races in 2020. For comparison, the Cup Series featured 13 different winners in 36 races.
The NCWTS Is a Developmental Series.
The NCWTS, in the grand scheme of things, serves as a stepping stool for drivers to work their way up to the Cup Series. It’s sort of like the Minor Leagues for Major League Baseball or the G-League for the NBA. With it being a developmental series, drivers wheel it as they have nothing to lose. Every race could be their final chance at climbing the ladder and achieving stardom.
Considering this, the unpredictable factor is more present than ever in the NCWTS- unless you have a person who can, you know, be able to predict the unpredictable. Luckily, if you’re reading this, you have found that person. Congratulations.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into who I am looking at this Friday in the season opening NextEra Energy 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. Do keep in mind- this one of the few events this season in which qualifying will be held. Single car qualifying for this race is not until Friday afternoon, just hours before the green flag.
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Grant Enfinger: #98 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $9.6K
Grant Enfinger is the most comparable to the “Denny Hamlin”, if you will, of the Truck Series at Daytona. If you don’t know anything about him, here’s your chance to get to know him.
The wins aren’t exactly what aligns him with Denny. It’s more-so the consistency. In his last three trips to the south beach, a 7th, a 2nd, and a 1st place finish in this race last year that he basically dominated last year, leading 41 of 106 laps.
He also has a win at Talladega to his name coming in 2016. Considering the unpredictability factors associated with the Truck series on superspeedway races, his average finish of 3.33 over the past three is nothing short of remarkable. Enfinger will likely be in about half of all DFS lineups come Friday night.
John Hunter Nemechek: #4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota – $7K
JHN’s path back to the truck series is quite interesting. He climbed the ladder up to the cup series after performing well and winning races in the NCWTS and the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). After his rookie campaign in the Cup Series was defined by recurring wrecks, Nemechek opted to return to the Truck Series for 2021 and race in the best opportunity he’s ever had to showcase his talent in top-notch equipment.
It also helps that the Toyota’s were arguably the fastest trucks in Daytona last year, and the very truck he is driving won the last superspeedway race last year at Talladega. Nemechek offers a fascinating combination of aggression, experience, and speed that could be dangerous for the rest of the field for Friday night and beyond. I call it a Dale Tanhardt Certified Lock that he wins multiple races and makes the Championship Four this season.
Ben Rhodes: #99 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $9.8K
I truly believe Ben Rhodes is knocking on the door of a win at Daytona. As a teammate to Enfinger, he always runs strong at the World Center of Racing. He had a great shot of winning last year in this race before crashing in a three-wide battle for the lead with under three laps to go.
If Rhodes can avoid the wrecks, I anticipate him being an excellent pick to win and finish in the top ten. He has good experience in the series, he’s a proven winner, and he has one of the most desired spotters in NASCAR behind him in TJ Majors who also spots for Joey Logano in the Cup Series, and formerly spotted for Dale Earnhardt Jr until 2018.
If you didn’t know, spotters are critical in the success of a driver at Daytona. Just ask Dale Earnhardt Jr and Joey Logano, who dominated restrictor-plate racing in the 2010s. Rhodes will likely be a decent longshot according to Vegas, but he’s certainly worth a pretty penny.
Timothy Peters: #25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet – $8.9K
I expect a lot of readers to not know who many of these drivers are. But I would be very impressed if you remember the name Timothy Peters. Peters is a savvy veteran with eleven wins over a sixteen year career.
He has returned to the Truck Series full-time for 2021 with a brand new race team that will have a GMS alliance after only racing part-time over the past four years. Hint: GMS powered trucks are fast. GMS won the 2020 championship with Sheldon Creed and had three trucks in the Championship Four.
Peters has been a superspeedway racing master throughout his long career. He’s racked up four total wins (three at Talladega, one at Daytona) and his last race at Daytona resulted in a seventh-place finish. Vegas will sleep on him. I love him as a sneaky DFS play and a near-lock to finish in the top ten, and I expect him to have a great shot at the win in the season opener.
Johnny Sauter: #13 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $8.2K
Coming back to the ThorSport camp and- speaking of savvy veterans- after a tough year in 2020, many thought the 41 year-old Johnny Sauter could receive the shaft out of a full-time ride in 2021. The 2017 series champion has not won since 2019, and this is likely the make-or-break year for Sauter to determine if we see him back again full-time.
Since 2013, Sauter has three wins at Daytona with the most recent coming in 2018. Sauter is an excellent superspeedway racer as he has another win at Talladega, and could easily have two as he finished 1st there in 2019 but was given a questionable disqualification. Sauter is a great pick to win the race and should always be considered in your DFS lineups.
Jordan Anderson: #3 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet – $6.7K
I love Anderson as a DFS play. I’m not picking him to win, even though he just about beat Grant Enfinger in a photo finish in this race last year. He opted for 2nd, which is the best finish of his underdog career.
I don’t love Anderson because of that, necessarily. I love him because he has four top tens in his last six starts on superspeedways. He is a very formidable DFS play because of his place differential potential along with his impressive resume of good overall finishes. Keep an eye out for Anderson’s price tag as he could be the most important component of your DFS lineup.
Derek Kraus: #19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota $7.3K
This is an update based off of Parker Kligerman’s DNQ. I actually believe it to be a blessing in disguise. Kraus qualified 33rd of 36 and finished 4th in this race a year ago. His price tag is actually cheaper compared to what was offered for Kligerman on DraftKings ($7.7K). Kraus is an ultimate play because of his poor qualifying performance. It is critical to have someone like Kraus in your DFS lineup due to his place-differential potential.
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