What’s up everyone?! Welcome to the Xfinity Series Setup. This week we will be looking ahead to the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. I’m RyanLarkin88 and you can follow me on twitter @Larkin8. If you are just finding the DFS Army and are not a VIP member sign up and use code Xfinity to save 20%!! Our DFS Army VIP members get access to the Domination Station and Research Station post qualifying. Also, VIP members get access to our VIP Slack and direct contact to the NASCAR coaches. Come join the best team in NASCAR DFS!
The Bristol race this week marks the first of the four Xfinity Dash 4 Cash races. This is significant in that no Cup Series drivers are allowed to race in the Dash 4 Cash races. That means NO KYLE BUSCH!!!! The Dash 4 Cash concept is essentially a race within the race. Four drivers who qualified based on their finishing position the previous week compete against each other with the highest finishing driver winning a $100,000 bonus. The four drivers eligible for Bristol are Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Michael Annett and Chase Briscoe. With Kyle Busch out of the #18 car that opens the door for Harrison Burton to make his Xfinity Series debut. Alex Labbe in the #90 and Zane Smith in the #8 for JRM are the other notable driver changes for this week.
Bristol is a half mile, high banked track that is incredibly unforgiving. Things happen very quickly which often leads to mistakes and accidents. This results in a high DNF rate overall. This race has the most amount of laps of any Xfinity Series event.
Date: March 30th
Practice 1: Friday 3:05 pm ET.
Practice 2: Friday 5:05 pm ET.
Qualifying: Saturday 9:40 am ET.
Race: Saturday 1:00 pm ET.
Laps: 200 Stages: 85/170/300
Drivers: 37 on entry list
Defending Champion: Ryan Preece
AVG. # of Cautions: 8 excluding stage breaks
AVG DNF’s: 11.5 per race
Dominator / Top Tier
Due to the high number of laps I would look for 2 and possibly 3 dominators. The pre race favorites to dominate will be Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick. In most lineups I would probably look to pair a couple of these guys together. If we are going to see a single dominator I would look at Bell to be the driver to do so. The Gibbs cars have always been a step above the rest at Bristol.
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Mid to Low Tier
Due to the lower cost of dominators this week you should be able to attack this area well when building lineups. Given how far off Draftkings had pricing last week there is sure to be great value available. Ryan Seig, Justin Haley and Michael Annett have delivered each week from this price range. Harrison Burton will most likely see high ownership this week much like Noah Gragson did last year when driving the #18 for Joe Gibbs. Another driver to keep an eye on will be Zane Smith who will be in the #8 JRM car that has scored numerous top 10s this season.
Do to the high DNF rate at Bristol there are a handful of Punts that will be in play. Guys like Chad Finchum, Tommy Joe Martins and Alex Labbe could score well if they are able to stay out of trouble and their equipment holds up. These guys have been rather inexpensive this season with solid finishing ability when all goes well.
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