As we head into Championship week at Phoenix Raceway, 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 Phoenix 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 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Truck Series to take their best shot winning at Phoenix Raceway for the first time this year. The Truck Series raced at Phoenix for the championship last year where Austin Cindric won the race and the Championship. This will be a 150-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 150 laps around the Raceway. Phoenix raceway is a One-mile Raceway, with an asphalt surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Phoenix is that no part of the track is off limits, and it is not uncommon to see three, four, or even five wide racing at this Raceway. With Phoenix being a tricky track with a history there is a lot of data to sift through as we build out winning lineup.
A big piece of information that is critical for this race when choosing your line up is that history shows that in the Championship race the race has been won by one of the final four drivers in all series. Plan accordingly.
Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on 11/05/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Todd Gilliland||$ 9,800|
|Driver #2||Stewart Friesen||$ 9,500|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Todd Gilliland ($9,800)
In his fourth season, full-time with the NASCAR Truck Series, Todd Gilliland has had a good year, currently in seventh place. In 21 races, he has one win, 10 top five finishes, 15 top ten finishes, and had led 359 laps. His laps led total is third best in the series by a long shot. Gilliland has been good as of late, and if you exclude Martinsville, he was riding a pretty good hot streak of eight of 13 top five finishes. Gilliland has consistently the last two years raced to many top 15 performances. He has been constantly getting better and could be just around the corner from getting his third win of his career. In 2020 Gilliland finished with four top-five finishes, 10 top 10 finishes, and 98 laps led. A downgrade from his 2019 production but we all know 2020 was a difficult season for many reasons. Gilliland will look to add another top 10 finish to further bolster his claim to being a top five driver in the Truck Series. I like Gilliland for his value a lot this week as the championship drivers are very pricey. There is a lot of value in this pick, his low price and history make him very appealing.
Stewart Friesen ($9,500)
Coming into Phoenix race weekend the driver of the number 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota Stewart Friesen to add another top 10 finish to his 2021 resume. Friesen has yet to find victory lane this year but does have six top five finishes and eight top 10 finishes. Friesen has not won since Phoenix in 2019, I think he puts in a good bid this week. Friesen is near the middle of the pack in fantasy points per race with an average of 24.5. If Friesen can start near the back or even in the middle, he has what it takes to add another 25 fantasy points this weekend. This is really good value.
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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 Phoenix, where he has two top five finishes in the last three races. If he does you will be happy, he is in your lineup. Enfinger has consistently showed that he is a good racer Phoenix, and I think he provides huge value this weekend, even at his price
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, Bristol, and Talladega where he finished 23rd, 12th, 24th, and 32nd respectively. So far in the 2021 season Hill has two wins, eight top five finishes, 14 top 10 finishes and surprisingly only 75 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.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Spencer Davis ($6,300)
This will be Davis’ ninth race of the year where he has yet to have a top 10 finish. He does have three top five finishes in the Truck series in his career. He had two in 2018 at Daytona and Fort Worth and one in 2019 at Kentucky. Davis is likely to start this race bear the back of the field and with that could be in for some place differential points if he can break the top 20. This is a sleeper pick flier for this week that I am excited about.
Now go win your matchup and let us know how you did.
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