This week we will head to another Restrictor plate race at Talledega, if you missed the race last week at Richmond you missed a heck of a race, Joey Logano earned his first win on the year and congrats to him. At the Restrictor plates tracks, you more than likely won’t have a dominator, so what I like to do is select a pure place differential and be totally okay with leaving money on the table. This week guys, pay no attention to practice times or 10 lap averages they mean absolutely nothing, as always pay attention to where drivers qualify, it’s all about what drivers can work the draft. I am currently on vacation right now, and these are my pre-qualifying picks. I like to get my research from driveraverages.com, Jayski.com, and the NASCAR mobile app.
Top-Tier – GPP & Cash
Joey Logano- (10,700)
Logano went to Victory lane last week at Richmond, and don’t be surprised if he returns to Victory lane this weekend at Talledega as he has won 2 of the last 4 races here. In 16 career races, Logano has 2 wins, 4 top 5’s, 6 top 10’s, 8 top 20’s, led 127 laps, his average start is 21.63 and has an average finish of 18.69.
Brad Keslowski- (10,500)
The #2 car was the car to beat last week, then he watched his teammate drive to Victory Lane. Keslowski will be itching to get into victory lane this weekend at Talladega, after not be able to do so in Richmond. In 16 career races at Talladega Keslowski has 4 wins, 6 top 5’s, 9 top 10’s, 10 top 20’s, led 181 laps, and his average start is 14.3 and has an average finish of 15.38. A team Penske stack is where I will be starting my lineup this week.
Mid-Tier – GPP
Kevin Harvick- (9,300)
It’s odd for me to mention Kevin Harvick is my mid Tier as the guy has been one of the most dominant drivers over the last couple seasons, but that is just the nature of the Restrictor plate races. In 32 career starts at Talladega he has 1 win, 6 top 5’s, 14 top 10’s, 22 top 20’s, led 187 laps, his average start is 22.3 and has an average finish of 15.06. In 32 races, Harvick has failed to finish the race only twice at Talladega, I really hope I just didn’t jinx him, fingers crossed.
Kurt Busch- (8,000)
Kurt already has one Restrictor plate win under his belt after winning the Daytona 500, can he make it 2 wins this weekend at Talladega? In 32 career races Kurt has 0 wins, 7 top 5’s, 17 top 10’s, 22 top 20’s, led 150 laps. Kurt has an average start of 20.2 and has an average finish of 15.91. Kurt has the highest average finish over the last 4 races at Talladega.
Dark Horses – GPP
Landon Casill- (6,100)
In 12 career races at Talladega, Casill has 0 wins, 1 top 5, 1 top 10, 4 top 20’s, and has led a whopping 2 laps. But, this is why I typically roster him at the plate tracks, his average start is 34.3 and has an average finish of 24.17. If he can avoid the trouble, he makes for a great place differential play for his cheap price.
Cole Whitt- (5,200)
This might be my favorite play on the whole board this week, Whitt is having a great season so far for a team that expectations aren’t really all that high. In 7 career races at Talladega, Whitt has 3 top 20’s and has led 4 laps. Whitt’s average start over the 4 races is 37, and has an average finish of 17.67. Just like Casill, a cheap driver with a good chance of a being a good place differential play.
Other Top-tier Drivers to Consider:
Denny Hamlin- (10,200)
Dale Earnhardt Jr-(9,400)
Chase Elliott- (9,200)
Other Mid-tier drivers to Consider:
Clint Bowyer- (8,200)
Other Value drivers to Consider:
Good luck this weekend and keep it green!
Author: Acie Waller
Hello my friends, my name is Acie Waller. I am former athlete, I played football ( wide receiver ) in high school and college, won many award as senior in high school including a District MVP. I am now currently a group leader at a factory in Lexington, Ky. I am a diehard New England Patriots fan, and the Kentucky Wildcats, I also enjoy a left turn on Sunday’s from Feb to November, I am also a huge Kevin Harvick fan. On my days off I enjoy spending time with my family, watching a variety of netflix shows (Friday night lights, SOA, Gotham) and documentaries or studying film in hopes to gain that fantasy edge on my daily opponents. I also enjoy video games, mainly sports. NASCAR, madden, and NBA on my PS4. I have been playing fantasy in season long formats for 3 years now (NBA, NFL, NASCAR). Won the championship in my 2nd year in NFL, and runner up this year. I feel like being at former athlete in the football world gives me a big advantage in NFL of understanding schemes and coverages when it comes to daily fantasy football. And NASCAR I feel like being from the south and just being a diehard fan over the years, and as NASCAR is not a popular sport gives me an advantage as well. I have been playing daily fantasy sports as well for the last two years, I have won a some good payouts on draftkings over the last 6 months, I do have the 500 plus big win badge on draftkings where I have won a total of 2,500 bucks in 5 contests. I really like to only play gpps in NASCAR and NBA. NFL I like to play both, mainly about 70% Gpp and 30% for cash games. I’m really excited to bring my NASCAR knowledge to House Money, Should be an exciting year in NASCAR, and looking forward sharing my knowledge in hopes to bring you guys some huge payouts.