Last weeks Kansas Lottery 300 was dominated by Chase Briscoe. Chase led 159 of 200 laps on Saturday night leading to his record ninth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season. Briscoes win secured his spot in the Championship four race that will decide the season at Phoenix International Speedway on November Seventh. The number 98 Stewart-Hass Racing Ford Mustangs win at Kansas Speedway broke the record for the most wins in any NASCAR Xfinity Series season by a regular driver. That wasn’t the end of the good news however for Chase Briscoe as on October 20thChase was chosen by Stewart-Haas racing to replace Clint Bowyer in the infamous number 14 car for the NASCAR Cup Series. The next two races at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway will now be less stressful for Briscoe and from a DFS point of view he may be someone you want in your lineups as he can race stress free. It was a good night for four playoff drivers: Chase Briscoe first, Ryan Seig third, Justin Haley fourth, and Austin Hill fifth.
The race results put a large swing into the playoff standings. Coming into the Kansas Lottery 300Austin Cindric was ranked second (finished the race 28th), and Justin Allgaier was ranked fourth (finished the race 10th). After both of their misfortunate races both have fallen down the standings. After Kansas the playoffs are as follows with Chase Briscoe in first, Justin Allgaier in second, Brandon Jones in third, and Austin Cindric in fourth.
Today’s free pick is going to be the driver of the number 0 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Jeffrey Earnhardt ($ 5,000 DK). Earnhardt will start the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 in the 21st position. In his Xfinity Series career Earnhardt has raced at Texas twice. In those two races he started on average 17.5 and was able to finish the two races eighth and 12th. Earnhardt has some good place differential potential as his track record at Texas shows he can move up the field.
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Austin Cindric: Starting in the seventh spot for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 is the number 22 team Penske Ford driver Austin Cindric ($ 11,400 DK). Cindric has been excellent in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year. In 2020 Cindric has five wins, 17 top five finishes, 23 top ten finishes and 823 laps led in 30 races. Every weekend you can almost guarantee the number 22 car will be in the top 10 and in contention to win. Most impressively this year has been Cindric’s success on mile and a half race tracks. If you excuse his race last weekend at Kansas Speedway on these intermediate tracks Cindric has an average start of 7.07 and an average finish of 5.23. To go along with his success in climbing the field he has three wins and three runner-up finishes at intermediate tracks. Cindric has been impressive this year and will surely be able to dominate again this week.
Chase Briscoe: After winning last weekends race at Kansas Speedway Chase Briscoe ($ 11,100 DK) will lead of the O’Reilly Auto Parts race in the pole position. After Briscoe’s dominant performance last week on the intermediate course at Kansas Speedway you can expect him to have another great race. In four races at Texas Motor Speedway in his career he has two top five finishes and has led 15 laps. Briscoe has nine wins this year and of them have been at intermediate mile and a half track. He has also finished top five in in eight of 14 races at intermediate tracks. Briscoe will have the luxury of racing stress free at Texas this weekend after already securing his spot in the championship four.
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Colby Howard: The rookie Colby Howard ($ 5,600 DK) will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 20th time this weekend. During the 2020 season Howard has consistently shown that even though he usually starts 25 and below he can make it into the top 20 with three of his best finishes coming on mile and a half tracks, notably Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. In his previous race at Texas Motor Speedway this year Howard started 35th and finished the race in 23rd. Howard starting 33rd on Saturday could have him yield similar results.
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Noah Gragson: of the remaining playoff drivers, the driver of the number nine JR Motorsports Chevrolet Noah Gragson ($ 10,100 DK) starts the lowest in ninth place. In his three races at Texas Motor Speedway Gragson has an average starting position of 11.7 and an average finish of 24.4. Gragson has not been able to make the top ten at Texas. Currently Gragson sits in the eighth spot in the round of eight NASCAR Xfinity Playoffs. Gragson will need too have two great races but his track record at Texas would suggest otherwise.
MY TOP-FIVE OVERALL AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
- Chase Briscoe
- Austin Cindric
- Justin Haley
- Justin Allgaier
- Brandon Jones
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