As we head into Texas Race Week, we will have to look at drivers’ stats and history from this course and other similar road 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 Texas 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 Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Texas Motor Speedway. The Xfinity Series raced at Texas twice last year where Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton left victorious. This year’s first race at Texas was won by Kyle Busch. This will be a 335-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 223 laps around the Motor Speedway. Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about this track is you never quite know which turn will make a driver stray off course or even wreck. Be ready for some intense racing this weekend. With Texas being a tricky track with a history there is a lot of data to sift through as we build out winning lineup.
Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 atTexas Motor Speedway on 10/16/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||John Nemechek||$ 10,700|
|Driver #2||Austin Cindric||$ 9,800|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
John Nemechek ($10,700)
This may seem a little expensive for a Full Time Truck Series driver, but I think there is a lot of value here. Nemechek has won five times this year in the Truck series and has arguably been the Series best driver. In three races so far this year in this Series Nemechek has one top five finish at Richmond. Earlier this year in the Truck Series race at Texas, Nemechek had the pole and raced his way to one of his five wins of the year. I think the value here is excellent even though the big price tag. He has been great on this track and will look to continue his success here.
Austin Cindric ($9,800)
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 not that pricey which makes him well worth it. Cindric has been excellent in 2021 where he has five wins, 18 top-five finishes, 22 top 10 finishes, and has led 788 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 second starting position and could lead from the beginning.
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Brandon Jones ($9,000)
Brandon Jones has seen his value drop over the last few weeks, but for me I see this as an advantage and some really good value, the guy can drive, and he has shown it all year. Jones is currently in eighth via playoff points and needs to race well to lock his place into the top four. Jones does have eight races this year where he didn’t finish. In races that he has finished this year, Jones has been top five in 44 percent of them. Jones has been oh, so close six times this year when he finished second at Homestead Miami, third at Las Vegas, third at Darlington, second at Michigan, third at Daytona, and second at Talladega. Jones is currently on a good four race stretch where he has finished fifth, sixth, second, and fifth. I think, with his starting position of seventh, Jones can easily stay in the top 10 and potentially get into the top five. Take Jones’ good value this week and run with it.
B-List Value Drivers
Brandon Brown ($7,900)
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 29 races. So far, this year Brown has one-win at Talladega, three top-five finishes, and nine top 10 finishes. 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 and starting position of 18th.
Austin Hill ($7,100)
This will be Austin Hill’s fifth race of the year in the Xfinity Series. Hill is a full-time driver in the NASCAR Truck Series. In four races this year in the Xfinity at Nashville, Pocono, the Indy Grand Prix Hill, and the Charlotte Roval he has one top 10 finish. In the NASCAR Truck Series Hill has been good and has won a road race this year at Watkins Glen. Hill has repeatedly showed that he can race with the best in the Truck Series and a few small flashes in the Xfinity Series this year, as evident by his win at Watkins Glen and ninth place finish at Austin. At Watkins Glen, Hill led a day most 35 laps on his way to victory. I think Hill is a great pick for this weekend’s race.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Jesse Little ($5,400)
After signing with JD Motorsports at the start of 2020 to race for the season full-time, Jesse Little finished 19th place with little funding. Little had two top 10 finishes in 2020, and what’s great is that one was at Daytona. With his rookie season under his belt Little is going to be looking forward to the 2021 season where he can try to turn his 10 top 15 finishes into top 10 finishes or better. I do not think Little is in contention to win this race, but I do think that he provides excellent value for someone who will be starting near the back of the pack.
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