Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300: NASCAR DFS Xfinity Series for DraftKings

Welcome to the show; the name is Dale Tanhardt. The undisputed greatest NASCAR bettor in the history of the universe takes the show on the road to deliver the best NASCAR DFS Truck Series and Xfinity Series picks for DraftKings. Thanks to Garage Guy Chase and Chef BoiRDeen, this beautiful mullet has been rewarded with the ability to provide YOU with more premium money-making possibilities in 2021.

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 Xfinity Series (NXS) starting with the season opening ‘Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300’ from the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. I will also provide you with Xfinity straight bets as well.

The NXS is special because it arguably has the most pure aero package amongst all three premier series. Drivers have the most control over their racecars as the package boasts low-downforce, high-horsepower and an experimental flange-fit composite body that has resulted in very impressive racing since it’s debut. Honestly, you may not give a single damn about all of that or have any remote clue what I’m even talking about. But, whether you realize it or not, these components primarily differentiate the NXS from the other two NASCAR series, so you better listen. They critically impact how you should bet and approach DFS compared to Cup and Trucks. We’ll dive into more of that as the season progresses, but this Saturday will kickoff the NXS season at Daytona International Speedway, and here is who I like heading into the weekend.

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UPDATE: Qualifying has been canceled. The field will be lined up based on 2020 owner points. The drivers who did not qualify are Chris Cockrum, Tyler Reddick, Jordan Anderson, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Mario Gosselin. These rankings reflect post-qualifying.

NASCAR Xfinity DFS Picks For DraftKings

Jeb Burton: #10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet – $8,500

Jeb Burton will be piloting the #10 Kaulig Racing spaceship. Spaceship is no exaggeration when talking about Kaulig Racing at superspeedways. They have hunted down JR Motorsports and have arguably become the cars to beat each time at Daytona and Talladega, winning three of the four races on superspeedways with Justin Haley (FYI: I like Haley, but he will not be included as one of my picks. I don’t believe today is his day). Let’s talk about Jeb. Some may see this as a cliché, but Jeb is very hungry to show that he belongs and can win races. I think he is knocking on the door of a win. You know the last time I typed that phrase describing somebody? It was Ben Rhodes in the truck race last night. He won. Jeb also led a race-leading 26 laps in this race last year before getting collected in a late race caution. He has his best opportunity of his career in 2021 as he will drive full-time in the #10 this season.

AJ Allmendinger: #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet – $9,900

I swear on my mullet’s life: this is the most necessary “beating a dead horse” point you will ever read. The Kaulig cars are so dominant at these superspeedways, I would consider playing all three of them. AJ also will drive full time for Kaulig in the #16 this season. He was one turn away from winning at Daytona in the July 2020 race before.. well.. I don’t like to talk about it. I went from winning a substantial amount of money to losing a substantial amount of money in about five seconds. The evidence and validation is all there to believe that the Kaulig fleet could run the show all day on Saturday.

Noah Gragson: #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet – $10,100

Anything related to Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to have an act to dominate at Daytona. His drivers have accounted for winning four of the last seven races at Daytona. The driver of the #9 machine won three of those (Byron: Summer 2017, Reddick: Season Opener 2018, and Gragson: Season Opener 2020). As the defending winner of this race and coming off the heartbreaking disappointment of missing the Daytona 500, I expect Gragson to be very aggressive and to put up a worthy challenge to the Kaulig Racing fleet by running up front all day.

Harrison Burton: #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota – $8,800

Had to break away from the Chevy camp for at least one guy, right? Harrison Burton is an excellent, under-valued DFS play and a formidable undervalued straight bet as well. 2nd in this race a year ago and 5th at Daytona in the fall race- in his NXS rookie campaign- ensures his confidence level to be high heading into Daytona in his Sophomore season. The Chevrolet’s are the favorites for reasons stated earlier, but I expect the Toyota’s to be tough competition, and I anticipate Harrison Burton to lead the charge.

Timmy Hill: #66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota – $6,100

Let’s get into the real game-changers. Hill will start 37th in today’s race and finished 3rd in this race a year ago. The world’s greatest iRacer tends to shine on the superspeedways, and his place-differential potential could be the difference in you winning or losing. If he were to crash or have a mechanical failure, your floor stays higher because the impact of negative points is low if you input him in your lineups. If he gets anywhere in the top twenty, you’ll be in good shape.

Stefan Parsons: #99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Ford – $6,200

My greatest concern with the NXS is the fact that the series is very heavy on the top and bottom. You don’t have set “middle of the pack” guys like you would have in the other series. So, trying to find that guy who may finish in the middle of the pack is more difficult because it can certainly be a blind dart throw. The field is over-saturated with low-tier teams that just cannot perform with the likes of the big dogs (Joe Gibbs, JR Motorsports, Penske, Kaulig, etc.). Stefan Parsons is a very formidable pick here. He will start 37th, and his #99 machine- though piloted by other drivers- had an average place-differential of +12 on superspeedways in 2020. I anticipate Parsons to lay back and stay out of trouble in this one.

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