Everything’s bigger in Texas- including the massive amounts of cash we’re about to make this weekend. Your NASCAR DFS go-to for the Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway is back in full force for the SpeedyCash.com 220.
After a wild race at Charlotte that saw Kyle Busch Motorsports and John Hunter Nemechek head back to victory lane once again, the heat is on for the competitors to stop this KBM train. The competitors will also have to deal with a couple different, but familiar faces this weekend.
Chase Elliott will pilot the #24 GMS Chevrolet for a one-off, and Ross Chastain will pilot the #42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet in Saturday’s race. Elliott had One Win and Two Top 5’s last season in three appearances, while Chastain is averaging 74.8 FPTS per race in two starts this season.
These two drivers sure do complicate the DFS slate in a race that was absolutely wild when run in the daytime last year. Sheldon Creed (friend of the show) became the first driver to win at Texas from the pole since Todd Bodine in 2007.
Creed showed excellent speed in both Texas races last year, and was very strong last time out at Charlotte before getting taken out in a multi-car crash on a restart.
Carson Hocevar is leading the Niece charge has he notched is best career finish of 2nd at Charlotte.
It’s certainly going to be interesting seeing how Elliott will perform. His place-differential upside is tremendous as he starts 22nd.
Nemechek starting from the pole position is scary for the competition and scary for bettors. He has been the king on 1.5’s all season long.
Sorry, Austin Hill. It’s true.
Enough yapping; let’s get right into it.
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Ross Chastain: #45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet – $10,200
The Melon Man almost burned me earlier this season. I simply cannot pass him up this week.
The speed that Niece is starting to show and the improvements they’re making with Carson Hocevar really stick out to me. Ross is a winner and has the experience to get the job done.
Sure, he may not score up to his average of 74 points per race simply because his starting spot in both races this season was in the 30’s, but he is a legitimate contender to win this race on Saturday. Gotta go with the wheelman as one of my top plays. He will start 24th.
Sheldon Creed: #2 GMS Racing Chevrolet – $10,500
As I mentioned earlier, Creed was lightning fast in both Texas races last year. The GMS fleet has good speed (except for Chase Purdy) and Creed consistently leads the charge.
I think he would’ve beat JHN at Charlotte had he not been crashed out by Todd Gilliland early in the race. The talent and speed on intermediates is certainly there. I expect Creed to be aggressive and push his way to the front quickly. He starts 16th.
Ray Ciccarelli: #49 CMI Motorsports Ford – $4,800
Did your jaw just drop?
First start of the season for this guy. He drives a truck that’s slower than shit. Why would I pick him?
Look, his floor is the absolute lowest it can be as he starts dead-last. This race last year produced many wrecks where it became a survival fest at the end. Ciccarelli finished 22nd.
Ciccarelli had 12 starts in 2020 between the #49 and the #83 CMI trucks. You know how many DNF’s he had?
I know you’re still shaking your head. But, my philosophy says here that if this guy can run most of the laps, which he’s proven to in the past, and makes up positions off of all the guys that crash, he can be a worthy play- especially at such a cheap price. I’m gonna take a chance on him.
Johnny Sauter: #13 ThorSport Racing Toyota – $8,300
I find myself wanting to play a lot of Sauter on Saturday. HIs track history is exceptional here as he’s notched Five Texas wins.
Sauter has had many tough races in 2021, but he’s shown glimpses of speed many times as well and has had some great finishes.
Once again, I’m picking a guy starting towards mid-pack who I believe offers solid upside. I think he can grab a Top 5 finish if he stays out of trouble.
Austin Hill: #16 Hattori Racing Toyota – $10,000
Of course I gotta mention Hill. The former 1.5 King is still a worthy contender to win this race.
If not for a bad late-race restart last race, he likely would’ve run Top 3 and definitely Top 5. I doubt he had anything for JHN, but he ended up finishing a pedestrian 9th after running up front all evening.
The stats speak for themselves: the kid is a beast at 1.5’s with this strong program Hattori has boasted over the past few years. He finished 2nd to Creed here in the fall race, and I expect him to be up front all day.