NASCAR Pocono Auto Racing

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. 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. Austin Cindric ($10,500) – He grew up on the road courses, and he almost won at the secondary Xfinity road courses in 2017 and 2018. Three weeks ago at Watkins Glen, Cindric finally had his breakthrough. He followed his win at The Glen with a win the next weekend at Mid Ohio. (3.8 fppk)


2. A.J. Allmendinger ($11,200) – The road course expert nearly won at Watkins Glen, but the car was illegal. At Mid Ohio, his car was legal and easily drove to a 3rd place finish, but his car had nothing for the leader. (4.5 fppk)


3. Christopher Bell ($10,800) – He’s a driver. Bell admitted that in his rookie season he lacked confidence at the road courses because of his inexperience. In his second race at Mid Ohio, he nearly beat the best road racer in the Xfinity series. (5.9 fppk)


4. Matt DiBenedetto ($8,400) – Die hard fans have pulled for “Di-Burrito” for years. Now that everyone is on the bandwagon, Dibenedetto has become the Daniel Bryan of NASCAR. Dibenedetto will never win a Cup race, but there’s nothing wrong with an Xfinity win or the Intercontinental Championship. (n/a fppk)


5. Tyler Reddick ($9,700) – Results are all that matter. Reddick is David Eckstein or Wayne Chrebet. It’s never pretty, but he gets the job done. His racing is style is best described as ugly and lucky, but no one can argue with the fact that he’s the 2018 Xfinity champion and a favorite to repeat. (5.0 fppk)


6. Justin Allgaier ($10,200) – Last year, Allgaier won at Mid Ohio and Road America. Those races might have been the weakest fields in the history of the Xfinity Series. Allgaier can still win, but the competition has improved. (3.8 fppk)


7. Regan Smith ($8,500) – He’s 2015 Mid Ohio winner but that was 2015 and it was Mid Ohio. A couple weeks ago, Smith stepped out of retirement and ran inside the top 10 at Mid Ohio after starting in the back. When he wrecked near the end of the race, he probably wished that he stayed retired. (1.7 fppk)


8. Cole Custer ($9,900) – He’s impatient on the road courses and his aggression regularly results in damaged vehicles. Custer is capable of a top 3 finish, if he lets the race come to him. Unfortunately, his routine is to bump and spin, and settle for a top 10. (4.7 fppk)


9. Noah Gragson ($9,100) – At Mid Ohio, he wrecked, earned a pass through penalty for an illegal restart, and still finished 5th. He finished 10th at Watkins Glen, and won the K&N race at Sonoma earlier this season. (4.3 fppk)


10. Chase Briscoe ($8,900) – The dirt track racer surprisingly won the inaugural Roval race last season. That does not make Briscoe a road racer. The Roval field was extremely soft and Brisoce was in SHR equipment. This year he’s earned two 7th place finishes at the road courses. (4.5 fppk)


11. Jeremy Clements ($7,900) – In a typical small team car, Clements won at Road America in 2017. This season, Clements bought some of the old Chip Ganassi cars. A couple weeks ago at Mid Ohio, Clements felt like he had a car good enough to win. (3.8 fppk)


12. Michael Annett ($9,500) – His stats aren’t great, but those were seasons with decent competition. Economics and new series rules have combined to create the weakest roster of drivers in the history of the Xfinity series. Basically, take his career stats and bump them towards the good. (4.2 fppk)


13. Justin Haley ($8,700) – Experience is rare and road racing wins are even more scarce. Haley won last year at Bowmanville in the annual track road race. He finished 15th at Watkins Glen and 9th at Mid Ohio after starting in the back and battling mechanical issues. (4.1 fppk)


14. Brandon Jones ($8,300) – Disappointing is not a strong enough word. After five years in RCR and JGR equipement, Jones has an average road race finish of 16th. A metal bat won’t help a player in Triple A, if they strike out every time. (2.6 fppk)


15. John Hunter Nemechek ($9,300) – At Watkins Glen, Nemechek started 20th and finished 13th. At a sub $9,000 price, it was a great, but a risky DFS play. The next week he was in a similar position at a similar price and he wrecked. (3.5 fppk)


16. Kaz Grala ($8,100) – In the 2017 Truck Series road race at Bowmanville, Grala earned a 3rd place finish. His crew chief, Adam Alexander, won at Road America with Michael McDowell behind the wheel in 2016. (4.4 fppk)


17. Gray Gaulding ($7,200) – His average finish is 15th this season, and fifteen times Gaulding has finished around 15th. In this season’s road course races, Gaulding has finished 16th and 14th. (4.2 fppk)


18. Josh Bilicki ($6,400) – He’s a road racer, but he’s never in good equipment. He’ll struggle with his equipment this weekend, but a road racer in bad equipment is better than an oval race in bad equipment. (1.1 fppk)


19. Ryan Ellis ($5,500) – He’s a part time Xfinity driver, but he’s not too far removed from being an Xfinity regular. At Road America in 2017, he finished 21st. In 2018, he improved to 17th. Ellis is capable of wheeling his B.J. Motorsports ride to another top 20. (5.2 fppk)


20. Dexter Bean ($4,700) – The Mario Gosselin #90 car is one of the better performing small team rides. The car features a variety of drivers, and specifically road course ringers at the road courses. This car has earned a 19th, 26th, 10th, and a 16th place finish at Road America. Bean isn’t a ringer, but he did drive from 35th to 26th in the 2017 Road America race, and that will work at his price. (n/a fppk)


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