Mahindra ROXOR 200: DraftKings NASCAR Xfinity DFS Preview At Darlington
It’s throwback weekend In Darlington! Not only will the NASCAR Cup Series throw things back on Sunday, but so will the Xfinity boys on Saturday night! Last week was the JR Motorsports show yet again, with Ty Gibbs being the lone non-JR Motorsports car to finish top-5 securing a third-place finish. Although Justin Allgaier seemed to have the car to beat, his teammate Josh Berry bested him late and won for the 2nd straight time at Dover Motor Speedway.
This weekend, the series heads to Darlington, South Carolina to the track that’s “too tough to tame” (also known as “The Lady In Black”). By the end of this race, most of the cars will sport the famous “Darlington Stripe” on the side, which is earned when the track pulls you into the wall, something too hard to avoid for many!
Qualifying had begun before the rain hit the track followed by lightning. That ultimately canceled qualifying, which reverted the starting lineup back to NASCAR’s formula for setting starting positions. The metric is as follows per Fox Sports Bob Pockrass (25% driver finish at Dover, 25% owner finish at Dover, 35% owner points ranking, and 15% driver fastest lap rank from Dover).
This means the most expensive driver on the Xfinity DFS slate, NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott, along with Brennan Poole will not make the race. So please do not play Chase Elliott for Saturday’s race!
NASCAR Xfinity DFS Picks: Mahindra ROXOR 200 At Darlington
Fitting that in a ridiculous race, we had a reddick-ulous champion.
The Cup Series regular who drives the #8 for Richard Childress Racing is driving down in the #48 car for Big Machine Racing. While the name of the race team will turn some off to this pick, it doesn’t for me. Richard Childress Racing is helping to set this car up, as we talked about on the NASCAR GAMBLING PODCAST earlier this week.
We’ve already seen this season where Cole Custer runs in a car that isn’t normally good, but it’s set up by a big Cup team where he could run well and win. Reddick starts 34th, so massive place differential upside here.
Great Play: John Hunter Nemechek ($9,400)
John Hunter is another Non-Xfinity Series regular; the Camping World Truck Series driver is racing up in Xfinity this week with Sam Hunt Racing. Nemechek was second fastest in Friday afternoon’s practice session and set his Truck Series truck on the pole before the rain hit and Xfinity qualifying was canceled.
Friday night, Nemechek won the Dead On Tools 200 Truck race and finished eighth and second here in the trucks in 2021. He also scored ninth in the NASCAR Cup series in 2020. Nemechek starts 23rd Saturday and is another great place differential play.
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You can fit all three of these drivers in your lineup and still have an average of $6,700 to use on your remaining three drivers. Gibbs starts first and was the third-fastest in practice behind Gragson and Nemechek. Gibbs has proven he can run with the best of them anywhere and everywhere, so expect him to jump out to an early lead and be hard to catch.
Value Play: Kyle Sieg ($5,500)
There are some decent punt plays this week which you will need if you pay up for three big dogs as I suggested above. Sieg starts back in 26th, and the RSS Racing cars have looked solid this year. Sieg has had some pretty good races for the price he is at.