NASCAR IS BACK!!!!! Following trucks tomorrow, the NASCAR DFS slate for the Xfinity Series shifts back into full-gear at Watkins Glen after this seven-year hiatus.
Okay; it hasn’t actually been seven years.
But it sure as fuck has felt like it.
The Garage Guys are at the American Cornhole League World Championship in Rockhill, SC. We are here bagging hole, and as of Saturday, we will be bagging cash as well.
Watkins Glen has been a spectacular staple for the Xfinity Series over the past thirty years, and I expect nothing less as we return to the track for the first time since 2019.
Austin Cindric won that race, and AJ Allmendinger finished 2nd before being disqualified for an infraction in post-race inspection.
Speaking of Cindric: when was the last time the “Road Course Ace” actually won at a road course?
That would be the Daytona Road Course in the summer of 2020. It’s been over a year. Insane.
You know what’s gonna be insane? This weekend. I can feel the overwhelming energy.
The road course races thus far in 2021 have been nothing short of exciting. I cannot even contain my excitement for this weekend. It’s gonna be a fun one.
Let’s fucking go.
NASCAR DFS Xfinity Picks For DraftKings
AJ Allmendinger: #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet – $10,300
AJ’s road course finishes this year (excluding the Daytona Road Course when he inexplicably wrecked himself while going for the lead):
1st, 4th, 2nd.
Allmendinger is very familiar with Watkins Glen. He won the Cup race here in 2014 and has two consecutive runner-ups in the Xfinity Series (if you exclude his DQ in 2019).
Hate to write about AJ in both of my articles, but the proof is in the pudding. He’s a top play.
Justin Allgaier: #7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet – $8,900
I love this play. The salary price is somewhat surprising considering Allgaier’s track history here.
This has been a great track for Allgaier in the past, and if it wasn’t for all the Cup regulars entering this race over the years, he could have at least one win here.
Since 2016, he has no finish worse than 7th and three Top 4 finishes. I know Justin starting on the pole will scare people away, but if he runs in the Top 5 at a price of $8,900, that’s a big day.
I think Justin is a strong dark horse to win and will be heavily slept on.
Preston Pardus: #90 DGM Chevrolet – $7,400
In four road course starts in 2021, Pardus has accumulated three Top 25 finishes and two finishes inside the Top 20 with a best of 14th. The guy can race.
The DGM equipment is always concerning, but with the high caliber plays in this field like Gibbs, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, Pardus is a perfect fit for a mid-tier play. He starts 35th in this race on Saturday which adds extremely high upside and a low floor.
Pardus is the mid-tier play of the week for me.
Austin Cindric: #22 Penske Racing Ford – $10,100
It’s super hard to believe that Cindric has four wins this year and none of them are at a race that requires left and right turns. Cindric has molded into an all-around winner and obviously is in great position to defend his series title.
But I could care less about that. Cindric needs a road course win to solidify that he is the road course ace. He and AJ have had some great battles at these racetracks over the years, and before 2021, Cindric was better.
With that being said, Cindric has been in position to win multiple times this year before being struck by bad luck at the end. I think we’re in for another AJ vs. Cindric classic on Saturday.
I’ll be playing heavy Cindric as I think he might just dominate this race from start to finish.