As we head into Bristol 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 Bristol Motor Speedway 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 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Truck Series to take their best shot winning at Bristol…baby. The Truck Series raced at Bristol in 2020 where underdog Sam Mayer left victorious. This will be a 100.6-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 200 laps around the Speedway. Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.553-mile Speedway, with a concrete surface. This raceway is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Bristol, other then its small size is that each turn has its own set of challenges that the drivers must overcome. With Bristol 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 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on 09/16/2021 (DraftKings Values)
A-List Premium Price Drivers
Sheldon Creed ($10,600)
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 407 laps. I think Creed is a lock for a top 5 finish in this race and he is my pick to win. Don’t let his pole position push you away, he has potential to lead a lot of laps here and have a dominant performance.
Austin Hill ($10,000)
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 and Worldwide Technology Raceway, where he finished 23rd and 12th respectively. So far in the 2021 season Hill has two wins, seven top five finishes, 12 top 10 finishes and surprisingly only 62 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.
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B-List Value Drivers
Ben Rhodes ($8,800)
Before I even get into how he has done at this racetrack or how he did last year, just put Ben Rhodes in your lineup and move on. Rhodes is one of four drivers with more than one win this year, along with John Hunter Nemechek, Auston Hill, and Sheldon Creed. Rhodes pulled off wins at the first two races at Daytona this year. He then followed that up with three other top five finishes this year and had been electric all year. Rhodes was extremely close to winning at the first Darlington race earlier this year where he finished second. Rhodes has been dynamite this year and for what it is worth he was pretty good last year too. I will say only, but how is he only worth $8,800 this week, blows me away. Rhodes also has two top 10 finishes at Bristol over the last three years and an average finish of 9.33, that’s pretty good.
Timmy Hill ($7,300)
I have built a top-heavy lineup this week. Therefore, Timmy Hill comes in as one of my value picks. I like the position that Timmy Hill is in to start the UNOH 200. Starting 32nd gives Hill a lot of point differential potential. Hill has been racing in the Xfinity Series and Cup Series quite frequently over the last few years. In the 2020 season, Hill had two top 10 finishes in the Truck Series, one top-five in the Xfinity Series, and two top 10 finishes in the Xfinity Series. In 2021, Hill has two top 10 finishes in the Truck Series. Like I said earlier, this is a pure value pick to try and optimize the top of my lineup. Plus, a top 20 finish gives you 12-point differential points.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Colby Howard ($6,300)
The youngster Colby Howard will race in the NASCAR Truck Series for the third time this weekend. During the 2020 season in the Xfinity Series Howard has consistently shown that even though he usually starts 25 and below he can make it into the top 20 with two of his best finish on the year being at Bristol Motor Speedway. Howard is going to start this race in 20th which gives him plenty of point differential potential. For his cheap price, he could be a steal this week. Keep in mind that on the season he is averaging 46.0 points per race in the Truck Series.
Austin Wayne-Self ($5,700)
Austin Wayne Self was finally able to put it all together at Gateway two races ago and add his third top 10 finish on the season. This was Self’s third top 10 of the year after he finished in 10th at the Bristol Dirt Track and ninth at the first Darling ton race. 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 16th, which will put him in line to rack up point differential points if he can work his way into a top 15 or better finish, something he has done seven times already this year. 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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