As we head into Talladega 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 Talladega 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 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Truck Series to take their best shot winning at Talladega Superspeedway. The Truck Series raced at Talladega last year where Raphael Lessard left victorious. This will be a 250.04-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 94 laps around the Super Speedway. Talladega Superspeedway is a 2.66-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. It’s time for the “Big-One”. The best part about Talladega is you never quite know who the track is going to make wreck next. Be ready for high speeds and extra exciting racing. With Talladega 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 Chevrolet Silverado 250 atTalladega Superspeedway on 10/02/2021 (DraftKings Values)
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Sheldon Creed ($9,500)
This pick is in the realm of a no-brainer to me. Sheldon Creed has for the most part been a sure thing all year. Creed has been one of the best drivers in the Truck Series this year where he has three wins, eight top five finishes, nine top 10 finishes, and has led 596 laps. I think Creed is a lock for a top 5 finish in this race and he is my pick to win. Creed is going to start this race in ninth, which gives him some more point potential. I really like this pick this week.
Grant Enfinger ($9,100)
Picking part-time drivers in DFS has its pros and cons, but with how well Grant Enfinger has raced this season, honestly how can you not pick him. So far, in 2021 Enfinger has six top five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes. I think it goes without saying that Enfinger’s best year in the Truck Series was 2020. As a full time, driver, he finished the season with four wins (Daytona, Atlanta, Richmond, and Martinsville), eight top-five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes, and 156 laps led. The four wins were a career high. I do not see why Enfinger cannot get into the top 10 this weekend, especially with his history at Superspeedways. If he does you will be happy he is in your lineup. Enfinger has consistently showed that he is an good racer on Superspeedways, and I think he provides huge value this weekend, even at his price
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Johnny Sauter ($9,900)
2021 has been a very up and down year for Johnny Sauter so far. It seems like every other race he is racing well. Now with saying that Sauter put together four straight top 10 finishes at Gateway, Darlington, Bristol, and Las Vegas. His win at Charlotte is his last win in the Truck Series. Of course, Sauter has not been able to return to the success he had from 2016-2018 where he had 13 wins, 39 top-five finishes, 55 top 10 finishes, and led 1,170 laps in 69 races. In that three year stretch he was good, and well he still is. Sauter is still the sole owner of fifth place in Truck Series wins with 24. From a DFS perspective Sauter provides some good value with his price point. With Sauter’s average of 25.3 points per race this year he provides good value for his dollar value.
B-List Value Drivers
Austin Hill ($8,500)
Hill had a hard time getting to his first win of the year this year until he exploded on the scene with back-to-back wins at Knoxville Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Ever since the Truck Series left Daytona Hill has finished top 10 in every race but Darlington, Worldwide Technology Raceway, and Bristol where he finished 23rd, 12th, and 24th respectively. So far in the 2021 season Hill has two wins, seven top five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes and surprisingly only 74 laps led. Plus, a top 10 finish in the Xfinity Series. Hill was a dominant racer in the 2019 and 2020 seasons where he had six wins, 18 top five finishes, 30 top 10 finishes and led 557 laps. Hill is a great pick this week. Hill comes in with some good history at Talladega where he has two top 10 finishes. Hill is on the cusp of not making the top four and needs to have a good showing this week.
Tanner Gray ($7,600)
Returning for his second full time season Tanner Gray is driving the Number 15 Ford F-150 for David Gilliland Racing. In Tanners rookie season, he earned four top five finishes and eight top 10 finishes. Outside of his eight races where he finished top 10, he had an average finish of 16.1 in 2020. I really like Gray at his price point this week. Gray has put together 10 top 20 finishes this year and I think he adds another. Another thing to keep in mind is that Gray has moved up in 10 of 19 races this year. His starting position of 22nd is also appealing this week, from a point differential perspective.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Austin Wayne Self ($5,400)
Austin Wayne Self has been able to put it all together a couple of times this year at Las Vegas, Darlington, and Gateway this year where he has three top 10 finishes. Wayne Self put together another good performance at the Circuit of Americas where he turned a 29th place start into a 16th place finish. Wayne Self is starting in the middle of the pack in 12th, which will put him in line to rack up point differential points if he can work his way into a top 10 or better finish, something he has done three times already this year. He is capable of breaking the top 10 again. Self has also finished top 20 in all but four races. Look at this as a deep sleeper pick with boom potential.
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