A week off from racing to celebrate Father’s Day will see NASCAR Cup Series racing return to action when the Ally 400 takes place in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be just the second year that a cup event has been held at Nashville Superspeedway. Both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series have held events here dating back to 2001. As this race has only been run once, you may have to rely on results from similar type tracks. A few intermediate tracks that come to mind include Darlington, Dover, and Texas.
Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile oval track with 14 degree banked turns and is a moderately-banked track. The small track and 14 degree banking will cause drivers to wear out their brakes. There are 300 laps in total, divided into three stages of 90, 95, and 115 laps. Featuring 300 laps, this is an event for dominators.
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Practice & Qualifying
On Friday, the Cup Series weekend begins with practice, followed by the qualifying race on Saturday. From each group, the top five fastest drivers will advance to Round 2 of qualifying. With a single-lap, single-car run in the next round, these ten drivers will compete for pole position. Kyle Larson, the reigning Cup Series champion, will attempt to win back-to-back races at Nashville. As of right now, he is the favorite on DraftKings.
This week, the Money Train delves into the DFS options for Sunday’s Cup Series event in Nashville, Tennessee. The selections are broken down between high salary, mid-range, and value play. Included are player salaries from both FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK). Best of luck to everyone with lineups this weekend.
Kyle Busch (13,500 FD | 11,000 DK)
After putting together back-to-back top runner-up finishes, fans might have been looking for Busch to break through at Sonoma. However, the opposite would end up coming to fruition after suffering a spin out he was unable to rally back. Busch would finish out the race 30th. It was a miserable day for the entire Gibbs camp, to be fair. Of all the current cup drivers, Busch has the most experience at Nashville by far. He started 11 races here from 2004 through 2021 that netted him two victories and 612 laps led.
At the three Intermediate tracks raced this season already, Busch has led 169 laps combined. He led 103 laps at Dover back in early May. It’s not likely you’ll see another Guitar Smash this weekend should he win. Although fantasy owners should be rewarded with a points day worthy of the hefty salary.
Joey Logano (10,500 FD | 9,300 DK)
Logano could not capitalize on his Madison victory, finishing 17th at the Sonoma Road Course. There’s no way to tell what kind of performance you’ll get with Logano these days. You’ll either get a fantastic result or a disappointment. While it has been a roller-coaster run this season, to his credit Logano still sits fifth, just five points back of teammate Ryan Blaney. He led a total of 311 laps in four Xfinity starts at Nashville.
Among the three drivers ahead of Logano, Clint Bowyer is the closest to him in terms of track starts with nine. Logano would drop seven spots to finish 10th in the cup debut. Not a bad showing, but bank on him bettering his points total in the return this weekend. As this should be a nice bounce back result for Logano.
Kevin Harvick (8,300 FD | 8,500 DK)
Following a rough ending in the debut race at Madison, Harvick bounced back nicely at Sonoma. He worked around slower competition throughout the day to finish fourth after starting 23rd. As a result, he ranked second with 61.25 DraftKings points, just nine points behind winner Daniel Suarez. His Xfinity career saw him pick up two wins from four opportunities at Nashville.
As for his first cup attempt, he would finish 12th after starting from fifth position. Additionally, he’s been very consistent on tracks similar to Nashville, such as Texas and Dover. After complaining about his pit crew during the last few races, he will have two new crew members for Nashville. While it remains to be seen how the new additions will blend, he should have a good day.
Austin Dillon (6,800 FD | 7,000 DK)
After hovering in the top 15 in points coming into Sonoma, Dillon needed to put together a strong points display. He would finish just outside the top 10 following a solid day of racing. This season, Dillon’s results have been spotty at times. Nevertheless, the Atlanta race in late March and the Bristol dirt track have marked his only two finishes outside the top 25 this season. In both Xfinity and Trucks, Dillon has had some memorable races at Nashville.
Most notably, in 2011, he followed up a truck win with a third place finish in the Xfinity. All of which came in back-to-back days. During the first Cup race at Nashville, Dillon advanced past 16 other drivers, finishing 12th. His 7,000 DraftKings price is a steal if he can produce a performance close to that Sunday.
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