WATCH: NASCAR Xfinity Price Check – CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron


Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway. The ordering is not based on the highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver.

(fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.)

1. Christopher Bell ($11,100) – Without a doubt, Bell has the most raw talent and the best race car. He has tallied 18 career wins in four seasons and in some of those races, he’s beat future hall-of-famers. Bell was the best driver and had the best car in both Iowa races last season. (4.7 fppk)

2. Tyler Reddick ($11,600) – His wins seem lucky and seem to come only when Kyle Busch isn’t racing or Cole Custer or Christopher Bell make a mistake. This is true, but there is one flaw to this argument: Reddick wins because he doesn’t make mistakes. (5.3 fppk)

3. Cole Custer ($10,700) – There is a Father’s Day theme this week. Custer’s dad is the president of Stewart-Haas Racing. While it’s easy to dismiss Custer as another spoiled rich kid, Custer has not wasted his golden opportunity. Custer has won three times this season. (4.8 fppk)

4. Justin Allgaier ($10,300) – Last year, Allgaier was the second-best driver for most of the season. He was the second-best driver in the first Iowa race, but he won mainly due to Christopher Bell starting second-to-last. (3.6 fppk)

5. Brandon Jones ($8,800) – Early in the season, Jones looked like he might have turned a corner, but eventually reality set in. Jones is the son of the CEO of Rheem. Basically, his dad pays for him to play. Jones is a below-average driver who can secure a top-five finish based solely on his top-notch equipment. (2.6 fppk)


6. Chase Briscoe ($10,000) – This will be Briscoe’s second race in an Xfinity car at Iowa. In his first race, he finished 10th in the cursed No. 60 Roush car. Briscoe has a dirt track background, and the ever-changing groove at dirt tracks forces these racers to learn to be adaptive. His inexperience should not be a drawback this weekend. (4.8 fppk)

7. Austin Cindric ($9,700) – In the spring Iowa race, Penske handed Cindric the keys to the No. 22 car. It was a dominant ride in 2018, but Cindric (son of the president of Team Penske) squandered the opportunity. He won the pole and stage one, then disappeared. (4.0 fppk)

8. Harrison Burton ($8,400) – The No. 18 car is legendary in the Xfinity series, but every time someone other than Kyle Busch drives this car, the legend is tarnished. Busch has earned three wins and a second-place finish in this car this season. When he isn’t driving the No. 18 car, it averages a 16th-place finish. (3.4 fppk)

9. Zane Smith ($8,200) – The Jr. Motorsports All-Star Car (No. 8) has not been an all-star car. Years ago, when the No. 88 was the Xfinity All-Star Car, real drivers took this car to victory lane. This year, it appears to be a pay-to-play top-10 car. Smith has finished 11th or better in three of his four races in the No. 8 car this season. (3.9 fppk)

10. Michael Annett ($8,900) – After Michigan, Annett dismissed his third-place finish and said that top-10s are meaningless. He implied that only three cars matter in this series, and he was not one of them. He’s right, but he still is having the best season of his career. (4.4 fppk)


11. John Hunter Nemechek ($9,500) – The No. 23 GMS car is fast, but not the fastest. Nemechek gets everything out of the car and a little more. There is a perception that he is reckless, and yet he rarely wrecks. In 13 races, he has finished 12th or better 11 times. (3.9 fppk)

12. Noah Gragson ($9,100) – Is he a good race car driver or does he get to race because his dad is a real estate tycoon? If he had talent, why did JGR cut ties with him last season? He’s a top-10 driver because those are easy to buy in this series. (4.3 fppk)

13. Justin Haley ($9,300) – The Kaulig Car was a 15th-place car with Blake Koch driving and Ryan Truex driving. However, that was when the Xfinity series was full of young talent and featured Cup drivers. This year, the series is lifeless, so Haley defaults to a top-10 car. (4.4 fppk)

14. Ryan Sieg ($8,600) – The best story of the season has been Sieg’s ascension into the top 10. His family-owned team worked for years to build its way into contention. In the offseason, it bought old RCR equipment. Also, the disappearance of Cup regulars has added five spots to every one of Sieg’s finishes. (4.4 fppk)

15. Josh Williams ($7,100) – The No. 36 car is the better Mario Gosselin car. Last season, Alex Labbe regularly placed it inside the top 20. This season, Williams is driving the No. 36 and his average finish is 21st. (4.0 fppk)


16. Jeremy Clements ($7,500) – While some Xfinity drivers get to race because of their rich fathers, Clements gets to race because his father helps him build their cars in their small shop. It would be fitting for Clements to earn a top-10 finish on Father’s Day. (3.2 fppk)

17. Alex Labbe ($5,800) – He finished 16th and 23rd last season at Iowa in the No. 36 car for DGM Racing (Mario Gosselin). This weekend, he’s a part-time driver in the DGM No. 90 car. Both DGM cars have been competitive this season, and Labbe is an experienced Canadian short tracker. (2.9 fppk)

18. Brandon Brown ($7,800) – He’s another driver with a rich father, but his dad isn’t filthy rich. This means Brown’s car is average, and his modest results create a blue collar image. For the Xfinity fortunate sons, you get what you pay for, and you pay for what you get. (4.6 fppk)

19. Gray Gaulding ($7,600) – Most DFS players know Gray as the guy that drove the weekly last-place Cup car for BK Racing. This season has been a rebirth for Gaulding. His SS-Green Light Racing No. 08 car is averaging a 17th-place finish. (4.0 fppk)

20. Joe Graf, Jr. ($6,500) – He’s one part RCR marketing intern, and one part race car driver. Actually, he’s still just an intern because last week he failed to qualify for Michigan in superior equipment. The humiliation should motivate Graf this week. (n/a fppk)


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