DraftKings Xfinity NASCAR DFS – B&L Transport 170 – June 5, 2021
Austin Cindric – DK: $10,900 – Starting 1st
Nascar travels to the Mid-Ohio Road Course this weekend which set us up for another week of Austin Cindric domination. Now, I don’t just instant lock Cindric on a road course without some research, but everything is lining up once again for us this week. Before we hop into Mid-Ohio, let’s take a look at some of the other road courses Cindric has ran in Xfinity over the last three years. Two races at Daytona Road – resulting in a win and a second place. Charlotte Roval, three races, two top-fives, and a sixth. Indy Road Course, one race, a fifth-place finish. COTA, one race, a fifth-place finish. Watkins Glen, two races, one win. Road America, three races, one win, a top-five, and an accident resulting in 37th. And finally, Mid-Ohio – two races, a victory, and a second-place finish, and the overall best average rating per track in Cindric’s history. In both previous races at Mid-Ohio, Cindric started on the pole both times, leading 59 laps in 2018 and 46 in 2019. With this being just 75 laps, laps led is likely only going to heavily influence one or two drivers here. Given Cindric’s past success at this track, all road courses, and his form in general right now with ten top-ten’s in 12 races and an average of 52 fantasy points per race, it is once again Cindric or bust for me. Even if Cindric doesn’t necessarily win this race, I like his odds to rack up enough laps led where he will be optimal no matter which way you slice it. Mid-Ohio runs pretty narrow overall as a track, so I think the front will dominate this race.
Preston Pardus – DK: $7,900 – Starting 39th
Pardus is a name you will almost always exclusively see when it comes to racing on road courses because that is all Pardus races on at the Xfinity level. Pardus’ recent history has him with two races at Daytona Road, two at Charlotte Roval, two at Road America, and one race at both COTA and Indy Road. So far this year, Pardus has a 33rd place finish at Daytona and a 14th place finish at COTA. The 33rd place finish at Daytona Road is a bit deceiving, as Pardus was sitting top ten at one point and in 14th when he was spun out in traffic with just six laps to go. This will be Pardus’ first career start at Mid-Ohio and what makes him a super intriguing play on this slate also makes him a little bit of a worrisome one. The 39th place start gives us a lot of upside for Pardus to grab place differential, but Mid-Ohio as mentioned, runs pretty narrow and doesn’t offer a ton of passing opportunities. As always though, that doesn’t mean passing won’t happen, it happens all the time, everywhere – it comes down to smart passing and not getting overly aggressive from the back and wrecking yourself out of a race. As an added bonus, Pardus’ dad will be his crew chief for this race. I don’t think this gives a massive edge any which way, I just think it is a cool note. In the end, Pardus is a very talent road course driver with way more experience than just at the Xfinity level. This price is pretty much right where it should be, but Pardus on a good day, has top ten upside here.
$ Tier D High Austin Cindric (10.9k / 34.07) AJ Allmendinger (10.7k / 44.07) Daniel Hemric (10k / 38.61) Justin Allgaier (9.9k / 34.20) Justin Haley (9.1k / 32.28) Medium Preston Pardus (7.9k / 44.75) Alex Labbe (7.4k / 23.59) Low Jeremy Clements (6.6k / 23.59) Josh Williams (6.5k / 22.26) Ryan Ellis (6.4k / 20.80) Colby Howard (5.5k / 16.89)