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This week we head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Bucked Up 200. 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 Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), continuing with the Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night.
This season started out strong with very exciting finishes to the first two races of the season. Ben Rhodes won each of these two races as a pretty substantial underdog. Kyle Busch has won three straight spring races in a row at this track, and I’ll go ahead and say it: I think he does it again.
With that being said, his price is too high. You can build a stout, winning lineup without him even if he wins the race. I would be lying if I told you I wouldn’t play any Kyle Busch in the race on Friday. He will be in some of my lineups.
Considering that, he will still not be one of my top picks because his price alone hurts the rest of your lineup- drastically. Basically, if I could only create one single lineup, he would not be in it.
It’s Vegas, baby. Time to roll the dice with the guys below.
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Austin Hill: #16 Hattori Racing Toyota – $11,000
Ever since Austin Hill joined Hattori Racing in 2019, he’s been the most consistent threat in the series at 1.5 mile tracks. In his last three races at Las Vegas in particular, his finishes are: 1st, 3rd and 1st. If not for an engine failure in his first race at Vegas in the #16, he probably would have another Top 5 to his name.
It’s essentially a MUST that you have Hill or Kyle Busch in your lineups. Hill is by far the best alternative to Busch, as his salary is much more manageable to work with, and he is starting in a mouth-watering 31st position. That’s tasty. That’s points. Speaking of tasty- it’s Friday eve. I need a beer-preferably a delicious Natural Light Pilsner.
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Chandler Smith: #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota – $7,300
I am extremely high on Chandler Smith on Friday. I’ve followed this kid for a while. He’s going to be the real deal. He will win races this year and bring the famous #18 back to victory lane in the truck series for the first time in nearly three years. The #18 historically runs very strong at this intermediate type of track as well.
By the way: the last person to win piloting the #18 was- you guessed it- Noah Gragson. Did you expect there to not be a Gragson reference? I’m still sick about what happened to him last Saturday. I know you are too. I’m still on my Whataburger diet, if you know what I mean.
Anyways, I think Smith will run up front all night come Friday and finish in the Top 5. His P7 starting position isn’t sexy by any means, but the price-tag is so low for someone who I believe will run very strong on Friday night. Try him out in your lineups.
Zane Smith: #21 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $10,600
With the exception of a rare DNF at Homestead in 2020, Smith’s average finish at 1.5 mile tracks was 6.9- nice. But in all seriousness, I expect Smith to bounce back from a rough start in 2021. The GMS fleet is fast here, and is place-differential potential is, like Austin Hill’s, tasty.
Zane had a strong breakout season last year with two wins. The GMS fleet is fast on these intermediates, and I expect Zane to run in the Top 10 and his potential for a Top 5 is very high. Pencil him in your lineups on Friday night.
Austin Wayne Self: #22 AM Motorsports Chevrolet – $5,000
Disclaimer: switch some of these bottom-tier guys/girls around. I cannot reiterate this enough. It will likely be a total dart throw. Wayne Self’s price-tag could enable you to build an all-star lineup around him without the fear of a possible start-and-park that you may get with other drivers in his tier.
I know his floor is insanely low, and he could dismantle your lineups. You don’t have to listen to me. But this is Vegas; you gotta take chances and roll the dice. I think his P12 starting position will scare most players away, and this is a guy who I think can possibly run in the Top 10 and certainly the Top 20. If he does indeed do that, he will pay major dividends to whoever drafts him for Friday night.
BJ McLeod: #34 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota – $5,300
There is little statistical evidence to support putting BJ McLeod in your lineup. But the gut tells me that he will run in the Top 25 tomorrow night. Sure, there’s a solid chance that he could blow an engine, have an electrical failure, lose his brakes, blow a transmission, get struck by lightning- you get the point.
All we need you to do, BJ, is finish the race. If BJ runs all of the laps, I think he will score a decent amount of points that could put your lineups in the green, and if he doesn’t, he will not kill your lineups as his P39 starting position limits how low his floor can go. As I said earlier, treat these lower-tier guys like a revolving door if you’re going to make multiple lineups.
Sheldon Creed: #2 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $9,800
This price-tag is excellent value for Creed, who has become the top full-time driver in the entire series. If the defending series champion finishes up front in this race (as I expect he will), you won’t be able to get him at this price-tag throughout most of the season. I think with his front-row starting position, he will lead and run some fast laps- enhancing his value.
I will be playing a healthy amount of Creed throughout my lineups. If he pushes your salary limit in the red, I think John Hunter Nemechek is very worthy of a replacement as I anticipate he and the entire KBM fleet will run well. Creed just has the “it” factor and has bloomed into a driver that runs well everywhere. Look for Creed to have a high-scoring night on Friday.
Tanner Gray: #15 DGR Ford – $7,000
Tanner Gray is a sneaky middle-tier play here. He ran 8th and 3rd in the two Vegas races last season, and has very steadily improved in the NCWTS over his short career. With a P22 starting position, you could make your lineup by inserting Gray. If he runs Top 10, as I strongly believe he can, he is a race-changer and can likely score enough to push you into the money on Friday night.
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