As we head into Charlotte “Roval” 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 the Roval 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 Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Charlotte Motor Speedways Road Course. The Xfinity Series raced at the “Roval” last year where AJ Allmendinger left victorious, he is actually the winner of the past two “Roval” races. This will be a 155.34-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 67 laps around the Motor Speedway. The Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course is a 2.28-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 17 turns that will push drivers to the limit. It’s time for the “Roval”. 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 road course racing this weekend. With the “Roval” 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 Drive for the Cure 250 at the “Roval” on 10/09/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Ty Gibbs||$ 10,500|
|Driver #2||Noah Gragson||$ 10,000|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Ty Gibbs ($10,500)
As the winner of two road races already this year at Daytona and Watkins Glen, the rookie phenom is back racing in the Xfinity Series again as he continues his historic season. In 15 races this year Ty Gibbs has three wins, finished top five in eight races, top 10 in nine races, and has led 207 laps. You could argue that no one has been better then Gibbs this season based on his sample size and eight of 15 top five finishes. What’s also wild is that in half the number of races he is tied for eighth in top five achieved this year. This will be Gibbs first race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course but having his first race at a track this year hasn’t seemed to scare him away once. Gibbs is averaging 46.8 DFS points per race, which is out of this world. He is becoming one of those drivers that you must play each week as he is averaging as much as three times some drivers each week. I am going to give the rookie another shot this week.
Noah Gragson ($10,000)
Noah Gragson is one of the hottest drivers the last 10 races as he comes into this race winning back-to-back races at Darlington and Richmond a couple of weeks ago. Gragson has also raced well at road courses this year where he has finishes top 10 in four of seven road races. So far in 2021, Gragson has been excellent where he has two wins, 11 top five finishes, 17 top 10 finishes and has led 197 laps. The only slight draw back to Gragson this week is his starting position of 10th, which can have pros and cons. He is in line to potentially get into the top five and contend in this race. I think the risk is warranted this week, and Gragson will be excellent.
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B-List Value Drivers
Austin Hill ($7,700)
This will be Austin Hill’s fourth race of the year in the Xfinity Series. Hill is a full-time driver in the NASCAR Truck Series. In three races this year in the Xfinity at Nashville, Pocono, and the Indy Grand Prix Hill 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 at road courses 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. With his cheap price and knack for winning at road races, I think Hill is a great pick for this weekend’s race.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
JJ Yelley ($6,200)
Normally a sleeper pick in the Xfinity Series, I like where JJ Yeley stands coming into this race. Yeley spent the 2020 season and most of the 2019 and 2018 seasons racing in the cup series. In 12 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 35.2 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.
Brandon Brown ($6,000)
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 28 races. So far, this year Brown has one-win last weekend 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 16th.
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