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NASCAR makes it’s return to Nashville Superspeedway for the first time since 2011. Nashville is a 1.33-mile track with a concrete surface which makes it extremely unique to any race track we normally see. The Cup Series has never raced at this track before which to me makes it rather interesting. NASCAR did have a tire test here recently in which Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch got some laps on the track. The biggest takeaway from the Goodyear tire test is that there will be absolutely zero tire fall-off. Lap times will remain the same throughout a green flag run. Reasonably this could open strategy for teams since they don’t have to worry about lack of speed if they choose to stay out or only take 2 tires. This could have the ability to shake things up. Historically, Nashville was a one-groove track that was treacherous whenever a driver got out of the main groove. Single car crashes were frequent. For the Cup Series, I doubt that will be an issue but Truck and Xfinity series drivers could get themselves in trouble. A resin was put down (NOT PJ1) and the tire dragon was used to try and get some rubber into the racing surface. Nashville always struggled to get rubber into the track so hopefully, this will help some. I am fully expecting single groove racing and passing to be difficult for all three series. Track position will be everything!! Thankfully, we will have practice and qualifying for all three series this week.
Cup Series Quick Race Facts
Quick Race Facts
3:00pm/et, Sunday, June 20
Green flag: 3:30pm/et
(Stage: 90/185/300 = 300 laps)
TV: NBC (YES! Fox is gone)
Defending Champion: First race ever
Cup Series DFS Outlook
HMS has been dominating every intermediate track in 2021. It is extremely hard no to expect them to continue that run here this weekend. Kyle Larson is certainly going to be the favorite for the win and I will struggle to bet against him myself. However, being that this is the first time at this track for the Cup Series, we could be thrown a curveball. Joe Gibbs Racing always strikes me as a team that adapts best to new tracks and surfaces. They do an incredible job with engineering and initial setup. I am so glad we have practice this week so we can get some help this week. Considering the number of laps, I will be planning on at least 2 dominator setups on both FD and DraftKings. I am hoping that we get some pit strategy calls that shake things up though and give us a few different dominators. Lots of unknowns for this race.
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Xfinity Series Quick Race Facts
Date: June 19th
Race: Saturday 3:30 pm ET.
Xfinity Series DFS Outlook
42 cars on the entry list but only 36 cars will make the race this week. That means there will be 6 DNQs that you will want to make sure are not in your lineups. There are quite a few interesting drivers in the race this week. Kyle Busch is in the 54, Tyler Reddick in the 31, and Austin Hill in the 61. We also see Will Rogers in the 26 and Natalie Decker in 23 car this week. Joe Graf will switch points and be in the 17 car this week while JJ Yeley will attempt to qualify the 07 into the field and help improve that teams point situation this week. You may remember that Ross Chastain drove for Graf at COTA due to their points situation. I think we all expect Kyle Busch to dominate and win this event. He was amazing here back in the day when Trucks and Xfinity raced here. The key will be hitting on the low tier plays. Finding value to offset the massive Kyle Busch cost. You could of course not play KB but good luck with that.
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Truck Series Quick Race Facts
Date: June 18th
Race: Friday 8:00 pm ET.
Truck Series DFS Outlook
This is the race I am most excited for. 43 trucks on the entry list and only 36 will make the race. William Byron will be in a second War Rackley truck #27, while Josh Berry is back in the 25 again this week. Ryan Preece is in the #17 for DGR and Ross Chastain is back in the 45 this week. We also see Ty Majeski back in a 5th Thorsport truck and Parker Kligerman is back in the 75. Absolutely stacked field. At least one dominator for this race but I am going to look to get as many quality drivers as I can in every lineup. This feels like a race that could have a ton of variance. Something about this series at this track makes me anticipate lots of wrecks and strategy plays that will shake things up. Will be interesting to see what happens.
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