It’s Bristol Baby!! The Moster Energy Series visits the “Worlds Fastest Half Mile” this week in what is sure to be a 500 lap battle of attrition. With those 500 laps on the slate this week, we can expect a lot of dominator points to be awarded. With so many up for grabs, it only makes sense to go with a 2 dominator approach. In the last 5 races at Bristol, 12 drivers have led more than 100 laps, or 2.4 drivers per race. There is also the possibility of someone leading 400 laps with this new package, in the off chance that happens, playing 2 dominators will increase your odds of hiting that driver. NASCAR has made an effort to try to get Bristol back to its bump and run, caution ladened days, and we saw theyre efforts rewarded in the Xfinity and Truck races this weekend. Expect a higher attrition rate than the 3 cars that exited in the spring, things always get crazier under the lights. I will be playing multiple lineups with my favorite dominators, then filling in the remaining drivers from a larger pool than normal to hopefully get a line or two through unscathed for a heavy pay day! Once again, this week is an impound race, so do not set your line ups until inspection is finished Saturday around 4:30pm! Cars who fail will be sent to the back and their official starting position will change. There may end up being guys who I don’t mention here that will turn into chalk plays after inspection, so follow me on Twitter @dfsnascar to get up to the minute info!
- Martin Truex $11600 – I’m not sleeping on Truex again this week, he was bad fast in practice and turned the fastest consecutive lap average in final practice. Starting from the 3rd position, with his speed, he might be the only driver I could see leading 350 laps. At the very least 150 laps led and a top 3 is easily in his range, and would pay off his salary.
- Kyle Busch $12700 –Kyle is the man at Bristol with his 23 NASCAR victories at this track. Starting from 31st this week he is easily the lock of the week. Busch won here in the Spring from SP 17, so there’s no reason to think he can’t do it from SP 31. A win alone would pay off his salary with the PD, add 100+ laps led potential and he’s a no brainer.
- Denny Hamlin $10700 – Denny continues to be one of he hottest drivers on the circuit with 3 straight Top 3 finishes. He rides that wave of momentum starting from the pole at a track he finished 5th at earlier this season. He was only 7th fastest in both practices, but he can still get out in clean air off the start and lead a chunk of the first stage of 125 laps.
- Joey Logano $10200 – Joey comes in as a great pivot off what is sure to be higher owned guys listed above him. Joey has 2 top 3 finishes out of three short track races this season. He also has led for a total of 197 laps in those races which includes 146 laps led at Bristol in the spring. All the Penske cars have shown speed in practice at one point this week, any one of them could win, but I think Logano is the only one I see with 150 laps led potential.
Since we are playing two dominators, we are not gonna really have the salary to play any 9k guys, if you want to see where they rank, check my sheet below.
- Ryan Blaney $8600 – I love Blaney his week. Blaney posted the 2nd fastest consecutive laps average in final practice, at a track that we saw him lead 158 laps with a 4th place finish in the spring. He brings some decent PD potential from SP 12, with Top 3 and some dominator upside!
- Clint Bowyer $8200 – Bowyer has been up and down all season long. But a visit to one of his best tracks with a playoff spot on the line may be the jolt this team needs. Bowyer is 3 for 3 in Top 10’s on short tracks this season. His SP of 20th gives him plenty of PD upside, even with only Top 15 speed in practice. Another top 10 at Bristol this week would give a great return at this price range.
- Eric Jones $8900 – The main reason Jones is sitting 3rd in this range is his price, $8900 will be tough to get to when playing 2 dominators, but he could reward those who can find the salary to get him in a lineup. Jones has been on fire the last month and has shown Top 3 speed in both practices week. Starting 9th limits his PD upside, but he does have a car capable of winning, as long as he can keep It together for 500 laps.
- Jimmie Johnson $7000 – It’s crazy to think we’ve gotten to a place in time where JJ is siting at 7k. But we will gladly take this value, he brings very little downside for 7k from SP 30. He was 12th fastest in first practice to go along with a 10th place finish in the spring. I’m not predicting him to repeat that, but a Top 15 would be a huge PD day for Jimmie at this price.
- Chris Beuscher $7400 – I feel like i just keep writting the same thing about Buescher every week. Starting 29th this week, Buescher brings us awesome PD upside again. He has been a main stay in the Top 20 all year, and even has had a Top 10 on occasion. I think we get lower ownership out of Buescher this week as Jimmie will likely be the go to for $400 cheaper. He becomes a great pivot in this spot.
- Daniel Suarez $7200 – Aside from his Top 5 last week at Michigan, Suarez has been pretty solid on short tracks this year with 2 top 10’s, which includes an 8th at Bristol in the spring. Suarez has shown glimpses of top 10 speed this week so far in practice, making him a solid option for positive PD from SP 18.
- Paul Menard $6200 – Menard comes in as one of my favorite values on the slate. He has had 3 great performances on short tracks so far this year, a 15th, 10th, and a 6th here at Bristol in the spring. Again he shows up with Top 15 speed and looks to improve on his 15th place finish from last week. With an SP of 25, we love this kind of PD potential in this price range.
- William Byron $6800 – Byron appears to have hit his stride halfway into his 2nd season. He has 5 top 12 finishes in the last 8 races. He has shown enough speed in practice to have that same kind of upside this week. We would gladly take the PD from a Top 12 this week from SP 21, However, his experience level makes him a touch more higher risk to not make it the whole 500 laps.
- Ty Dillon $5900 – Ty becomes a great punt play this week. Ty has a nack for navigating his way through a Bristol race and staying out of trouble. In 6 career races he has an avg finish of 23rd. We would gladly take that from SP 24 at this price tag. But he brings greater upside than that with already 2 top 15’s on short tracks this year.
- Ross Chastain $5500 – Contrary to how he races in Trucks and Xfinity, Chastain is much more conservative in his Cup ride. Which makes him a great play if the race gets out of hand. He won’t be flashy, but I could see him just avoiding trouble to a 25th place finish, and from SP 37, that would be a huge day in this price range.
Thanks for reading! These are just the plays that screamed out to me, check my sheet below for my complete rankings and data!