The NASCAR Cup Series race heads to Indianapolis on Sunday for what is rumored to be the final race on the road track. Rumored to return to the oval in 2024 at the IMS, who will win what is likely to be a chaotic race from the past here?
Last weekend at Michigan, Chris Buescher hit the winning lane for the second week in a row. He now doubles his career total wins from two races and ranks 11th in points. Martin Truex Jr. remains the points leader with a 57-point lead over teammate Denny Hamlin.
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Second place – DK: $10,300, FD: $13,000
Tyler Reddick started alongside Daniel Suarez at the front row. Both are really good road racers. But if I pick someone who jumps fast and leads laps, I choose Reddick, especially in this new NASCAR world where there are no stage warnings on road tracks. This makes it easier for outstanding riders to take the lead.
Add to that the fact that Reddick was the defensive winner of this race as he started on pole and led 38 laps last season en route to victory. He also won at COTA earlier this season, leading 41 out of 75 laps in that race.
Reddick’s luck at the other two Road Course races this year was not so good. He started in the front row in both events. But problems in the race resulted in two finishes outside the top 25. That was a big concern today. Especially on a track where things can get a little weird, but I see Reddick as the best bet to win here.
Starting Day 17 – DK: $9,200, FD: $10,000
Chris Buescher, winner of the last two races on the Cup Series calendar, may not race three in a row. He should be able to fight for the top five on Sunday. And you never know what will happen if we get a late warning.
The 2015 Xfinity Series Champion has been showing some good talent on the road lately. This season he was eighth at COTA (after starting 32nd), fourth at Sonoma and 10th at Chicago, and he finished twice in the 2015 Xfinity Series. This course is 12th in 2021 and 10th last year.
Starting 39th – DK: $8,900, FD: $8,200
This initial list gives us a really clear difference. I will mention them because you need them for cash games. But I’ll note similarly priced drivers that aren’t as rich for GPP.
William Byron will bring the back up on Sunday. He crashed from both starts on this track. He showed his speed before crashing, qualifying in 2021 and leading one lap. If he can put together a clean race here. There is a 30 point margin for the fifth-placed rider at COTA, as well as the top-15 at Sonoma and Chicago.
Non-Chalk GPP Alternative: Denny Hamlim
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Starting 20th – DK: $8,100, FD: $7,200
Austin Cindric is a very skilled driver, but the Penske car hasn’t always been as fast this season. At Sonoma he was mired in the back and finished 25th for example.
But in Chicago, he had another bad qualifier. Starting 31st, he was able to work the track and eventually finish sixth. The Penske car wasn’t bad in qualifying this weekend. Since they all started in the top 20, I’m not worried about a repeat of Sonoma.
Sindric finished second here last year and took ninth in this race in 2021 when he ran while doing some of the schedule. In Xfinity he took the win and a fifth here lead. 20 plus laps in both races
Starting 38th – DK: $7,300, FD: $6,000
Kevin Harvick had the slowest qualifying time of anyone. He was one of three Stewart Haas drivers who were 30 or worse.
On the one hand, I’m concerned that we are repeating what we saw from Penske at Sonoma, a poor qualifying run that caused the Penske and Wood Brothers two cars to finish in 25th or worse after starting in 1st. 30 or worse
SHR, on the other hand, is not Penske — just because both teams are Ford doesn’t mean they will face the same performance issues on two different tracks.
Harvick is not a great road racer. But he wasn’t bad. He has two wins on the road and a 13.8 average finish from 58 starts. He’s 14th here in 2021, and a finish similar to that one would be great for DFS because of the place difference.
A Non-Chalk GPP Alternative: Kamui Kobayashi
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Starting 34th – DK: $5,500, FD: 3,000
Really love the value here, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won’t be fighting for a win or anything on Sunday. But he has a lot of upside at the lowest price. This is one of those times when if the site waits until it meets the criteria to post prices, Stenhouse will see that salary increase slightly.
Overall, Stenhouse is only one of the top 10 out of 34 Road Course races with a finishing average of 22.1. seven He followed that up with a 12th place finish at Sonoma. Chicago didn’t go well for Steinhouse, however, in two-thirds of the season’s road course races he’s done well.
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