As we head into Richmond 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 Richmond Raceway 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 Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Richmond Raceway for the first time this year after back-to-back races in 2020. Justin Allgaier was the ultimate champion at Richmond last year as he won both races on back-to-back nights and coming into this race, he is a race favorite. This will be a 187.5-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 250 laps around the Raceway. Richmond Raceway is a 0.75-mile Raceway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Richmond is that each turn has its own set of challenges that the drivers must overcome. 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 75 laps, stage two is 75 laps, and stage three is 100 laps. With Richmond 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 Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on 09/11/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Austin Cindric||$ 10,300|
|Driver #2||Daniel Hemric||$ 10,000|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Austin Cindric ($10,300)
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 its worth it. Cindric has been excellent in 2021 where he has five wins, 15 top-five finishes, 18 top 10 finishes, and has led 598 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. 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.
Daniel Hemric ($10,000)
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 fifth place in points with his nine top five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes and 415 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. Look for Hemric to have a monster week.
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Justin Allgaier ($9,700)
Of all the top tier, high priced drivers this week, I like Justin Allgaier a lot. Not only because I think he can win, but also because of how he has driven this year. At Richmond in 2020 Allgaier finished both races in first place. Coming into this race you know that he will be out to win this one. Allgaier comes into this race with two wins already in the 2021 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, both being intermediate tracks. After a bit of a rocky start to the season, Allgaier really turned it around at Atlanta and Darlington. Look for a similar performance for Allgaier Saturday.
B-List Value Drivers
JJ Yeley ($7,400)
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 29th in the race. Yeley spent the 2020 season and most of the 2019 and 2018 seasons racing in the cup series. In nine 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 39.9 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.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Brandon Brown ($6,900)
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 24 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 seven 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 top10 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.
Stephan Leicht ($5,500)
There is just something about picking the last place starting driver that I like to do. For one, you can only go up from there and second, you usually get the driver at extreme value. Paying $5,500 for a driver is always appealing, but to also have them start 36th, how can you beat that. Leicht has three Xfinity races under his belt this year where he finished 29th at the Daytona Road Course, 26th at Road America, and 28th at Watkins Glen. Leicht has shown three times this year that he is an aspiring racer and I think he could be in for a top 20 finish this week, which would mean going plus 20 in place differential points. Leicht is a must start for me this week.
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