As we head into Daytona 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 superspeedways 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 Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Past Winners/Track Knowledge
It’s time for the NASCARs Xfinity Series to take their best shot winning at Daytona International Speedway for the second time this year. The Xfinity Series raced at Daytona earlier this year where Austin Cindric left victorious. This will be a 250-mile race where the drivers will be tasked with completing 100 laps around the Speedway. Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile Speedway, with an asphalt surface. This racecourse is home to 4 turns that will push drivers to the limit. The best part about Daytona 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 30 laps, stage two is 30 laps, and stage three is 40 laps. With Daytona 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 Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on 08/27/2021 (DraftKings Values)
|Driver #1||Jeb Burton||$ 9,400|
|Driver #2||Christopher Bell||$ 8,900|
A-List Premium Price Drivers
There are no A-List Premium Price drivers in our recommended line-up this week due to value-based team building.
B-List Value Drivers
Jeb Burton ($9,400)
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, five top-five finishes and 12 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 after starting 13th.
Christopher Bell ($8,900)
Cup drivers who race in the Xfinity Series usually come at a premium price point, and well that’s not exactly the case this week for Christopher Bell. The Xfinity Series has raced at Daytona a lot over the last three years and Bell has a top five finish in two of them. In the Cup Series Bell has been able to lead 34 laps the last three years and place top 20 in all races. I don’t really see a scenario this weekend where Bell doesn’t finish in the top 10 or better. Pair that with that fact that he starts 15th, and he could be in for a very big day at Daytona International Speedway.
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Austin Cindric ($8,800)
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, and for only $8,800, this is a steal. This is the driver who won at Daytona already this year. Cindric has been excellent in 2021 where he has five wins, 14 top-five finishes, 17 top 10 finishes, and has led 597 laps. All his statistics this year are Xfinity Series highs. His worst finish this year is 37th at Michigan last weekend, 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. At the end of the day there are not going to be many races this year where you can get Cindric cheap, so you must pick the weeks you want to use him in your lineup, this is one of those weeks. 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. If Cindric starts this race on the pole, he may never leave it.
Justin Haley ($8,600)
I was a little surprised when I saw Justin Haley’s value this week. I mean he has only won all his career races at Daytona and Talladega, with two apiece. Now I know Haley only has three top five finishes this year but on Superspeedways, he is a different driver. Just remember that Haley won at Daytona in the Cup Series in 2019. Haley did not have a great showing earlier this year at Daytona but before that he had won three straight Superspeedways races in 2020, Talladega, Daytona, then Talladega again. Maybe some things only come in threes, but how can you ignore that in his career in both of Cup Series and Xfinity Series his four wins have come at Daytona and Talladega. Haley is likely to be in contention to win this race but at the end of the day if he can improve his position from ninth you’re in a good spot considering he is only costing you $8,600 for a driver of this pedigree at Superspeedways.
Brandon Jones ($7,500)
Brandon Jones has seen his value drop over the last few weeks, but for me I see this as an advantage and some really good value, the guy can drive, and he has shown it all year. Jones is currently tied for fourth with eight top five finishes on the season where he currently sits in ninth place in the standings. Jones does have five races where he didn’t finish. In races that he has finished this year, Jones has been top five in 47 percent of them. Jones has been oh, so close four times this year when he finished second at Homestead Miami, third at Las Vegas, third at Darlington, and second at Michigan last weekend. I think, with his starting position of third, Jones can easily stay in the top five and potentially lead some laps. Take Jones’ good value this week and run with it.
C-List Sleeper Pick Drivers
Colin Garrett ($5,000)
This will be Garrett’s third race of the 2021 season and 10th of his career. The 21-year-old driver has yet to finish in the top 10 in his career but did have an impressive race earlier this year at Talladega where he turned a 22nd lace start into a 15th place finish and at Michigan last week he started 29thand finished 20th, not bad. In every race Garrett has had the past two years he has finished better then he started. Garrett is going to start this race in 30th and if he can get into the top 20, he will be in for a good day DFS wise.
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