Welcome everyone to the NASCAR Buffet. For this edition we are going to take a look into the upcoming Xfinity and Truck races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We will give info for each race as well as detail into what we can expect for the upcoming DFS slate. Of course, this article will be brought to you by DFS Army and is being written by Ryan Larkin aka @Larkin8 on twitter. For next level DFS coverage of NASCAR and every sport, you should become a DFS Army VIP Member!! VIP membership gives you access to VIP articles, research and domination stations as well as elite coaches. Sign up today and use promo code LARKIN for 20% off membership.
This week the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series will race on back to back days sandwiched between two Cup races. Monday we will see the Xfinity Series run and on Tuesday the Truck Series will race. Both series will be running without practice or qualifying and the starting order will be set by a random draw. Each race will have a modified competition caution where the field is frozen and teams have the ability to work on their vehicles. The track surface is finally wearing out which causes tires to wear out. Normally, this would make long run speeds very important but since we have seen so many cautions in these series the last couple years it hasn’t really been a major factor. The PJ1 traction compound will be applied and should help make this a multi-groove track for this week.
Date: May 25th
Race: Monday 7:30 pm ET.
Laps: 200 Stages: 45/90/200
Defending Champion: Tyler Reddick
AVG. # of Cautions: 6.5 excluding stage breaks
AVG DNF’s: 8.5 per race
With this race the first thing we have to do is decide what to do with Kyle Busch. Last week was the perfect scenario of how a non Kyle Busch lineup could win. After Kyle got to the lead early in the race he was busted for speeding on pit road during the second stage break. Had Kyle not sped he would have been in the optimal lineup. Yet again we will have to decide if we want to go against the high ownership or not. We have seen quite a few cautions and DNF’s for this race over the last few years. f this is the case we will have a full slate of drivers that will be playable. Once again Kyle Busch will be the favorite with Briscoe, Allgaier, and Brandon Jones most likely to be the other contenders if he were to have issues. Once the starting lineup is set we will have a better idea of who the best mid tier and punt plays will be. Pit selection will be made based oof of the finishing order from the Darlington Xfinity race. This means Chase Briscoe will have the #1 stall.
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Date: May 26th
Race: Friday 8:30 pm ET.
Laps: 134 Stages: 30/60/134
AVG. # of Cautions: 7 excluding stage cautions
AVG DNF’s: 5 per race
Defending Champion: Kyle Busch
The best place to start for this race is Kyle Busch. Busch has won 8 of the 13 Truck races he has entered at Charlotte. He is the clear favorite to win especially considering all the track time and experience he will have on the field. There are a couple of things that can keep him off the optimal this week. Chase Elliott will be the biggest threat in the field and will offer incredible place differential. Once pricing & starting order comes out we will have to take a hard look at what will be best. This field will have 40 Trucks. That is by far the most we have seen from a Truck race on DK. This will give some drivers a higher upside while also killing the low tier punts, giving them almost no value. Lots of unknowns for this race so I believe it will be important to play safe with veteran teams and drivers who we know will be good to go from lap 1.
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