It’s Throwback Weekend! Trucks! Darlington! Paint schemes that remind us of the good ‘ole days! It’s all here on Friday night. My NASCAR DFS Camping World Truck Series Picks for the LiftKits4Less.com 200 via DraftKings are live! Several of the trucks you’re gonna have your money on very well may feature a Blast from the Past paint scheme.
Speaking of Blast from the Past..
Kyle Busch Motorsports has been quite the Blast from the Past with their dominating performance over the first quarter of the season in the truck series. It continues to be a waiting game to see when they don’t show up or at least relinquish one checkered flag to the competition.
After Ben Rhodes won the first two races of the season, KBM has won every race since, accruing five consecutive wins. Kyle Busch accounted for two of those wins himself. KFB not competing in the race this upcoming Friday night breathes a major sigh of relief for the competition.
Rhodes won the Darlington race in this series last season in an event that was dominated by Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt. Both of the GMS drivers shockingly pitted under caution with just a handful of laps to go, handing the win away (rigged).
I say “rigged” because I had money on that race and publicly started giving picks because I realized how incredible I am at making money off of NASCAR. I did not make money on that day as I had Moffitt and Creed winning that race. Creed and Moffitt led 145 of the 152 laps that day. They ended up finishing 10th and 18th, respectively.
Race winner Ben Rhodes led four. He led four laps.
That disappointment happens from time-to-time. At Kansas last weekend, the five picks I wrote up in my preview article were in all big-money winning lineups for basically the entire first half of the race.
Word of advice: NEVER check your standings in the middle of the race. It is the ultimate jinx.
One minute I’m looking at around 15K in profits. The next minute I’m looking at Tate Fogleman taking his truck to the garage because he had to use the bathroom.
To add a double-whammy to the weekend, I had Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin to win last weekend in the Cup Series at Kansas. Larson dominated, and Hamlin emerged at the later stages. With about 30-40 laps to go, they were 1st and 2nd. They ended up finishing 19th and 12th, respectively.
With all this being said, I still picked the winner (once again) and another Top 3 finisher (once again) in my premium straight bets.
But, the above-mentioned woes are reflected upon straight-betting and DFS. They happen. Even as confident as I am at predicting outcomes and as efficient as I am at making profits on NASCAR, sometimes ‘Lady Luck’ chooses not to cooperate.
This weekend, I don’t need ‘Lady Luck’. You know why?
Because I’ve got the Lady in Black on my side this time around.
And because I’m the best in the universe.
Let’s get after it, Garage Fam.
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Sheldon Creed: #2 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $9,400
Free pick alert:
Sheldon Creed is gonna win this race. I hope you guys and gals are prepared for that.
Creed was dominant in this race last season before his team made the baffling decision to pit with two laps to go. He starts P15, and must be the hungriest driver in the field right now to get back to victory lane. He was very strong last weekend before blowing a tire late.
I truly believe it all will come together for GMS and Creed on Friday night. Book him as a top play.
Bayley Currey: #44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet – $8,600
His starting spot is P38.
That alone is a sufficient answer in explaining why I’m going with Currey. But there’s actually more to this. Currey caught my eye last season by overperforming in Mike Harmon’s Dodge Durango that NASCAR allows him to field in the Xfinity Series.
I actually think this guy is a pretty solid racecar driver. He’s earned a ton of experience over the past couple years throughout all three NASCAR series. In the #44 truck last season, he had four Top 20 finishes in six starts. In his first start last weekend, he finished 12th and battled in the Top 10 for much of the event.
He finished 12th in that very same ride last season at this track, and with his place-differential potential, he is an excellent option for Friday night. I expect him to be the highest owned driver for this race.
Tyler Ankrum: #26 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $8,200
I think Ankrum will be slept on this weekend. But, I really like what I saw from GMS and Niece last weekend. I believe the speed shown by the Chevy’s will carry some momentum heading into this weekend.
I know Ankrum was pretty average last weekend, but I think this is a track that can fit into his wheelhouse. He ran 11th at this track last season, but I expect better this time around.
Okay, fine. He’s racing the Ricky Bobby throwback paint scheme. Do you know how un-American I am if I don’t write him up? You sure do. That’s why you’re going to play some Ankrum on Friday night. I really do have a great feeling he will surprise some people.
Tate Fogleman: #12 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet – $6,100
This might be a sin in all religious scripture: betting on Tate Fogleman three weeks in a row.
Look, he’s a top scorer from last weekend if he doesn’t have some kind of mechanical failure that sends him to the garage. He starts P33 on Friday night, and I once again believe he’s worth the risk. He’s a Top 25 driver in a Top 20 truck.
Fogleman ran 12th at Darlington last season. I think after two abysmal finishes in a row, Fogleman turns it around this weekend. I think he’ll be a sharp punt play come Friday night.
Austin Hill: #16 Hattori Racing Toyota – $9,800
Free pick alert:
I think if Creed doesn’t win, Hill might be the guy.
Hill is on an excellent spree right now as he’s accumulated five consecutive Top 10’s, and three Top 3 finishes in those five races. Hill ran very strong at Darlington last season as he finished 3rd.
I love momentum when making picks. Hill might have the most momentum heading into this race, and he certainly has the ability and the truck to grab the checkered flag on Friday night.
Parker Kligerman: #75 Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet – $10,400
Kligerman is averaging 47.5 fantasy points per game on DraftKings in just three starts this season. And that’s from an average starting position of 24th.
The #75 rolls off from the 38th position on Friday night, and I love his chances at recording a Top 10 and maybe a Top 5 finish. He already has two Top 10’s in three starts this season.
Last season, Kligerman only finished outside the Top 20 twice in eight starts. The experience factor with Kligerman is undeniable and is a major asset to his value at a tough track like Darlington.