As we head into our second Las Vegas Race Week, we will have to look at drivers’ stats and history from this course and other similar courses as we build our lineup this week. This week we are going to focus on finding value by looking at previous top contenders at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the past couple of years. There are quite a few value drivers that you can insert into your lineup. Let’s now take a deep dive into who I think you can insert into your lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Las Vegas for the second time this year. In this year’s earlier race, AJ Allmendinger left victorious. This will be a 302-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 201 laps around the Motor Speedway. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This Speedway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Las Vegas is that each turn has its own set of challenges that the drivers must overcome. With Las Vegas being a fun track with a history there is a lot of data to sift through as we build out winning lineup.
|Driver #1||Austin Cindric||$ 10,200|
|Driver #2||AJ Allmendinger||$ 9,800|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Austin Cindric ($10,200)
As the current top driver in the Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric is a no brainer every week if you can find a way to fit him into your lineup. This is one of those weeks where I am going to do it no matter what, he is pricey but it’s worth it. Cindric has been excellent in 2021 where he has five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 19 top 10 finishes, and has led 723 laps. All his statistics this year are Xfinity Series highs. His worst finish this year is 39th at Daytona, but we will forget about that one for now. Pair that with the fact that Cindric has placed top 15 in every race that he finished except for one. It is safe to say he has been electric. Cindric has dominated everywhere this year. Cindric is going to be moving up to the Cup Series next year, he has his sights set on loading up on Xfinity Series wins before he makes the jump. Cindric is the best driver with the best car, I say he wins this one and leads a ton of laps. Keep in mind he also has the pole and the lead from the beginning.
AJ Allmendinger ($9,800)
In his first full time season in the Xfinity Series, AJ Allmendinger has been excellent. In 26 races Allmendinger has four wins (including last weekend at Bristol), 16 top five finishes, 17 top 10 finishes, and has led 355 laps. Which is better than he had in 2020 in the Xfinity Series where he had two wins, six top five finishes, eight top 10 finishes and led 210 laps in 11 races. If Cindric has been the best this year, Allmendinger is a very close second. I am picking the pole driver and the driver starting second in Allmendinger this week and I think between the two, this lineup is in for a lot of laps led. Allmendinger seems like a sure bet to be in the running this weekend, especially after how well he has raced this year. I think Allmendinger is almost a sure bet to be in it at the end. Try everything you can to fit both Cindric and Allmendinger into your lineup this weekend.
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B-List Value Drivers
Jeb Burton ($8,100)
I mentioned earlier that I thought there was incredible value in this race, well here is one of the drivers who I think comes extremely cheap for how optimistic I am for their chances to race well this week. Jeb Burton has had an excellent start to the 2021 season where he has one win, seven top-five finishes and 15 top 10 finishes. If you take out his 25th place finish at Atlanta 20th place finish at Darlington, and his 32nd place finish at Circuit of Americas his only blunders, he has an average finish this year of around eighth. Now if you want to include every race, you also get a very nice number, of around a top 10 finish. Talk about a great start to the year. Burton has really come into his own this year after finally becoming a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series. Burton is going to have plenty of opportunity to contend for another top-five finish.
JJ Yeley ($7,600)
Normally a sleeper pick in the Xfinity Series, I like where JJ Yeley stands coming into this race. You can’t have a better starting position DFS wise then starting 33rd in the race. Yeley spent the 2020 season and most of the 2019 and 2018 seasons racing in the cup series. In 10 races in 2021 Yeley has turned in four top 15 place finishes, which considering he has started 30th plus in each race, his DFS numbers are pretty good. For us fantasy folks he has averages 37.3 fantasy points per race, which is very appealing, especially at his price point this week, which is mid value. Look for Yeley to be in for a lot of place differential points.
Landon Cassill ($7,300)
With a top-heavy lineup, what you need is value. I see a lot of value this week with Landon Cassill as I try to fit Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger into my lineup this week. Cassill was a full-time driver in the Cup Series 2011 to 2019, before taking some time off. He returns this year to drive the Number Four for JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. In his career Cassill has one top-five finish and 14 top 10 finishes in the Xfinity Series. A top 10 of note is at Talladega in 2019 where he finished ninth. The appeal in Cassill this week is that he will start near the back in 37th. If Cassill can have a clean race and finish, he is in a very good spot to potentially gain 10 or more spots.
Brandon Brown ($7,000)
Before the start of this season Brandon Brown only had one top-five finish and seven top 10 finishes to his name on the Xfinity Series. Now after a hot start to the 2021 season Brown has matched his career performance in 26 races. So far, this year Brown has two top-five finishes at Phoenix Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. To go along with back-to-back top 10 finishes at the two Daytona tracks and eight top 10 finishes total. This may even be in the realm of a safe pick this week especially for his dollar value. He is driving well and could be in for a top 10 finish again this week. I don’t think you can go wrong with Brown in your lineup this week. Brown offers a lot of flexibility with his price tag.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
There are no “sleeper” picks in this optimal lineup for this weekend’s race.
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