These are my NASCAR DFS picks for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on DraftKings as we return for some more short-track racing at Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Care 250. At least this one is on asphalt.
The last time the trucks were on track, Martin Truex Jr. dominated the inaugural dirt race at Bristol in what was somewhat of a shocker. I’ll tell you what else was a shocker: my picks were baaaaaaaad.
Kyle Larson and Stewart Friesen surprisingly struggled throughout. I expected both to contend for the win and neither were factors at all.
I am thrilled the trucks are back on asphalt this weekend. Though a little bummed that I can’t say #TruckNightInAmerica, I will gladly take a Saturday afternoon race over no trucks at all.
Richmond became a lost speedway for the Truck Series, as last season featured the first race at the track since 2005. That race was won by Mike Skinner.
In the return, the race ended in a 1-2-3 finish for ThorSport Racing as Grant Enfinger passed Matt Crafton for the win with seven laps to go. Enfinger was victorious despite suffering a flat tire in the later stages of the race and losing two laps.
Zane Smith and Ben Rhodes were also very strong throughout the race. I expect them to be strong here again. However, there’s a driver that did not race on that night who will bring some challenges to these guys on Saturday.
And his name is Kyle Fucking Busch.
In addition, his team is on an absolute heater right now. Kyle Busch Motorsports has won three consecutive races with three different drivers. That’s scary news for the competition.
It’s also scary that Kyle Busch is priced at $16,500 on DraftKings. It’s about where he should be, but it makes it incredibly tough to include him in an optimal build.
Richmond is a track that is all about track position. There were only two plays in this race last year that scored high due to major place differential points. Short tracks = More Laps. Rely on some guys up front to lead the bulk of the race and provide that opportunity for you to accumulate more points.
With that considered, there are more quality trucks starting with unfavorable grid spots in this race than there were here last season. So, I expect there to be some opportunity to play some guys starting towards the back.
I think Kyle Busch will probably win this race. I will have him in some lineups, but I have determined that he will not be in my optimal build.
And no, I’m not fading KFB because he wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. here in 2008. I swear. I don’t think about that everyday or anything.
Here’s who I’m not fading for this weekend. It’s just a coincidence that none of these drivers have ever wrecked Dale Jr. in a national series race. I swear.
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Matt Crafton: #88 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $8,700
I missed on Crafton at Bristol. But, I don’t think I’ll miss on him this weekend. His old ass competed in the last Richmond race in 2005 before the return to the track last season. And he was only seven laps away from winning the race last season before lapped traffic opened the door for Grant Enfinger to pass him.
His P2 finish here last year aligns him with his overall short-track performance in 2020 as he had four Top 10’s, three Top 5’s, and two runner-up finishes in four short-track races in 2020. I think Crafton is a top play as I think he will run in the Top 5 and be up front throughout the afternoon.
Timmy Hill: #56 Hill Motorsports Toyota – $7,000
Hill’s worst finish at a short-track in 2020 was 21st. His average finish in those four races: 16.0
It also bodes well that Hill finished 9th at this racetrack last season. At this price and the potential with a P34 starting spot, Hill is a must-play for Richmond on Saturday.
Grant Enfinger: #98 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $9,500
Enfinger ultimately had the best truck here last season en route to a win. He also won at Martinsville last fall and finished in the Top 10 in three of the four short-track events last season.
I still feel strong about Grant’s will to perform at the highest level of his career due to his part-time season in the #98. Dale Tanhardt loves drivers who have a chip on their shoulder, and Grant certainly does. I believe he could lead a lot of laps and record a Top 5 finish on Saturday.
Zane Smith: #21 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $9,800
Smith was very strong in this race last season. The finish doesn’t reflect it, but he led 44 laps and ran in the Top 5 for the majority of the race before fading at the end.
Zane has been a great short-track racer throughout his career, as he was very consistent driving for JR Motorsports in 2019. He accumulated seven finishes inside the Top 11 in as many short-track races.
In the trucks last season, he finished 3rd at Martinsville and won at Dover. Combine those with his strong Richmond race last year and you’ve got a driver who will be in contention to win on Saturday.
Carson Hocevar: #42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet – $5,500
Hocevar always seems to fit in the 5K area every week. If you’re looking for a solid low-priced driver to get into your lineup in order to afford KFB, this is your guy.
I believe this kid is very talented. He ran in the Top 20 in three of the four short-track races last season. Though he finished 22nd at Richmond, he’s got some experience under his belt and he’s in equipment far better than other drivers priced in the 5K range.
I think there’s a solid chance he runs right around his starting position for the entire race. I think he is a sleeper of a punt play for Saturday afternoon.
John Hunter Nemechek: #4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota – $11,500
I would take all the KBM drivers if I could. I really like Chandler Smith as a value play at $7,900. But I’m not sure if there’s a worthy path to acquire all three in your lineup. Nemechek, to me, feels like the best option of the fleet.
He starts P18, and he’s got the talent and quality truck to run in the Top 5 and compete for victories week in and week out. He can win at every single race track at any given time.
The only concern I have is his beef with Matt Crafton after their tangle at Bristol. Nemechek is known to be a retaliator. So, keep an eye on that on Saturday. If he has no issues, I expect him to be up front battling for the victory.