Welcome to the show; the name is Dale Tanhardt. The undisputed greatest NASCAR bettor in the history of the universe is back for your NASCAR DFS needs for the EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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) continuing this Saturday with the EchoPark 250.
The Xfinity Series has been quite the spectacle this season with great racing and wild finishes. There’s quite a bit to unpack and consider heading into Atlanta.
It’s time for Storyline Dale:
AJ Allmendinger is a race winner in 2021 (Las Vegas) and is the defending champion of this race. The improvements Kaulig Racing has made in order to be contenders at all tracks so far have been quite the eye-opener this year.
Austin Cindric comes off of his second win of the season in a wild race at Phoenix last Saturday. He is the most coveted driver in the field according to Vegas other than Martin Truex Jr.
Yes; you read that right.
Martin Truex Jr. makes a return to the Xfinity Series for the first time in over a decade. He will be piloting the #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that Ty Gibbs piloted to a 1st and 2nd place finish in his two starts.
Noah Gragson is off to an unbelievably tough start to the season. Crashes, battery problems, busted oil lines, and pianos falling from the sky in the form of David Starr have cursed Gragson to start this season. JR Motorsports as a whole needs the luck to turn around.
So, where does that leave the Undisputed Greatest NASCAR Bettor in the Universe?
Well, if I’m going to continue to hold that title (I will), I must get better at my Xfinity Series plays. I have had absolute horrendous luck throughout, but as the season is shaping up, I see in the research where I need to improve.
Consider this the official bounce-back weekend for my Xfinity Series slate. It’s time. The four-leaf clovers are in surplus around the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We need that Truck energy to carry over. I believe it will.
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Martin Truex Jr: #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota – $11,300
I said it in my Trucks article: I really try to avoid plays like this, but I simply cannot due to his incredibly high floor. I’m not exactly the highest on betting on Truex to win this race because his odds are difficult to justify, but his price tag sticks out to me.
This price tag, I believe, is relatively cheap for someone like Truex dropping down in this series for a race at a track that has been on fire for him in the Cup Series recently.
Though he has not raced in one of these Xfinity cars in over a decade, I don’t see how I can leave Truex out of my lineups. He could easily be the highest scorer on Saturday.
Harrison Burton: #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota – $8,600
I’ve been big on ole Harrison several times this year, and, along with many others, am waiting for him to finally break out this year. He had an excellent rookie campaign, but the start to 2021 certainly has not been bad, but not as good as I expected.
With the exception of Kentucky, Burton was very strong at the majority of the intermediates (1.5 and 2.0) mile tracks last year accumulating three of his four wins at those track types. He finished 5th at this track a year ago.
I love the value of grabbing him at $8,600. This is a driver who I believe will run in the Top 5 and accumulate some points with a strong finish. Consider him a dark-horse to win as well.
Noah Gragson: #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet – $11,500
I know; more chalk.
I’m back on the Gragson train after taking a break at Phoenix. He ran 2nd here in this race last year, and the luck has to turn at some point. It’s just remarkable how unlucky he has been. It cannot sustain.
The #9 team consistently brings hot-rods to the track each week, and with a P30 starting position on Saturday, the upside for Gragson is tremendous. I believe he will be in the hunt to win and run in the Top 5.
Good. Vibes. Only. Noah will have a great race this weekend.
Chad Finchum: #61 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota – $5,400
It really seems like I write about the #61 every week.
But, it’s very well validated.
The #61, with four different drivers this season, has yet to finish outside the Top 30 in any race this season. I always brag about the capabilities of the horses that Hattori can bring to the racetrack, and Finchum’s price is perfect to squeeze into your lineup- especially if you’re trying to cram top-heavy potential dominators in.
Finchum will roll of in P38. I believe he’s the best low-tier play of the weekend.
Justin Haley: #11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet – $9,200
Justin Haley is a huge sleeper for this Saturday’s race. He ran 3rd at this race last year and was extremely fast a couple of weeks ago at Las Vegas.
You’re probably asking, “Why Haley over Allmendinger?”. AJ’s speed has been tops of the Kaulig fleet so far this season, but Haley is not far behind. For $1,100 less salary and ten grid spots lower, you can grab Haley and optimize your lineup.
I think Haley will surprise many on Saturday and come out with a racecar that will compete for the win.
Look, I’ll be honest: there is an insane gut feeling I have about Haley come Saturday. Sometimes I feel like I go away from the gut and get too dependent on stats and trends. Not this time. I love the feeling I have about Haley on Saturday.
Keep an eye out.
Cody Ware: #17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet – $4,500
This is an interesting situation here. Ware rolls of P28 in a car that has been surprisingly successful since its inception in the Xfinity Series. His price is so cheap that it can be a major difference-maker.
With three different drivers, this car has finished no worse than 25th if you exclude the crash fest at Daytona to open the season.
Unlike their cars in the Cup Series, RWR brings some respectable speed to the Xfinity circuit. This car certainly has the speed to run in the Top 25. I know it’s not a mesmerizing play by any means, but it allows you more space to stuff your lineups with studs. Ware is a very sustainable play this weekend.
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