As we head into Atlanta Race Week, we will have to look at drivers’ stats and history from other courses as we build our lineup this week. Another great part about this weekend is we are back to practice and qualifying. This week we are going to focus on finding value by looking at previous top contenders at this speedway. 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 Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCAR Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This will be a 250-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 163 laps around the Motor Speedway. Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This will be the second race at Atlanta this year, after the EchoPark 250 earlier this year in April. The race earlier this year was Justin Allgaier in his number seven JR Motorsports Chevrolet. As stage points are becoming more coveted as the year goes on and racers, must win stages to get those oh so valuable stage points, racers will have three stages to try and get points. Stage one is 40 laps, stage two is 40 laps, and stage three is 83 laps. With this being the second stop of the year at Atlanta, we have a great reference point in the earlier race. Let’s sift through the data as we build out our winning lineup.
Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the Credit Karma Money 250 atAtlanta Motor Speedway on 07/10/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Kyle Busch||$ 14,000|
|Driver #2||Daniel Hemric||$ 8,600|
|Driver #6||$ 6,000|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Kyle Busch ($14,000)
Let’s face it Kyle Busch has been flat out unfair this year in the Xfinity Series this year. In four races, he has four wins, simple as that, Busch is on a whole other level. The crazy thing is that Kyle Busch entered the Cup Series full time in 2005 and still has 101 wins in the Xfinity Series in his career. I don’t see why Busch, who has the pole this week won’t be able to get another win. There really isn’t much more to say. I think Busch puts in another stellar performance and leads the most laps on his way to his fifth win on the year.
Daniel Hemric ($8,600)
Driving the number 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing has worked out well for Daniel Hemric so far in 2021. Hemric enters this race in fourth place in points with his seven top five finishes, 11 top 10 finishes and 345 laps led. Although Hemric has not won yet this year, he has been amongst the best in the Xfinity Series. Hemric’s best performances of the year have come at the Daytona Road Course where he finished third, Miami where he finished third, Las Vegas where he was the runner up, Martinsville where he added another third-place finish, and last week at Road America where he was second to Kyle Busch. Picking Hemric to be in the top five has been as good as a bet as any other this year. Just like with Busch this is a risky pick as Hemric is going to start second, but I think Busch and Hemric compete all day for the top spot in this race. Look for Hemric to have a monster week.
B-List Value Drivers
Jeb Burton ($7,300)
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, four top-five finishes and 10 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. Use Burtons low price point to insert Kyle Busch into your lineup.
C-List Sleeper Drivers
Jeremy Clements ($7,000)
Driving the Number 51 Chevrolet Camaro for JC Racing, Jeremy Clements comes into this race poised to add another top 10 finish to his racing career. In the 2020 season, Clements finished with one top-five finish, five top 10 finishes, and led 12 laps. Clements got his first and only career Xfinity win in 2017 at Elkhart Lake. So far in 2021 Clements has five top 10 finishes at the Daytona Road Course, Homestead-Miami, Phoenix, Darlington, and Charlotte. Clements has finished top 20 in all races but four this year. Clements currently is holding onto the final playoff spot. Clements finished this year’s earlier race at Atlanta in 12th place. This is a very sneaky high potential pick this week that could pay huge dividends. And especially for this low cost and starting position of 19th.
Landon Cassill ($6,800)
With a top-heavy lineup, what you need is value. I see a lot of value this week with Landon Cassillas I try to fit some of the top drivers in the series 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 21st. If Cassill can have a clean race and finish, he is in a very good spot to potentially gain 10 or more spots.
Alex Labbe ($6,000)
Driving the Number 36 for DGM Racing, Alex Labbe has had a bit of a rocky start to the 2021 season where he only has one top 10 finish. Labbe has had a good start to his career though as he has already been crowned champion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series back in 2017. In his Xfinity Career Labbe has one top five finish and five top 10 finishes. Labbe will start 17th this weekend which if he can get into the top 10 will provide you some point differential points. Labbe does offer some deep top 10 upside. Labbe is my sleeper of the week especially with his cheap cost. In the earlier race at Atlanta this year Labbe was able to pick up 19 places, as he started 36th and finished 17th.
Now go win your matchup and let us know how you did. Or if I picked every driver that will be in that lap 93 crash, I encourage you to let me hear it. Either way come find us on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX).
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