Hello NASCAR degens! I’m traveling this week and have limited time so I want to make sure I spend time on this week. Kyle Busch continued his hot streak to win last week and is challenging Truex as the top driver in the Chase. The next seven weeks will be entertaining to say the least. Can a non Toyota win a race or challenge these two? Time will tell.
Martin Truex Jr. $10,900: Is it possible for the most expensive driver at $10,900 to be a ‘steal’? I fully expected this to be over 11K, especially because of salaries last week. In the 9 races at intermediate tracks this year, he doesn’t have a finish worse than 8th and 4 wins. Clear favorite to run up front Sunday.
Kyle Busch $10,600: Hottest driver on the circuit winning two of the last three. I still have Truex as the favorite to win the Cup but Busch has closed the gap. Runner up here in May and led 63 laps. Has been second best to Truex on intermediates this year and with recent momentum, maybe the reduction in price is a steal also.
Chase Elliott $9,400: Heartbreaking runner up finish last week as it seemed he had his first career victory locked up. He looks solid three races into the Chase and might’ve found a new gear. Got caught up in two wrecks here last two races but has qualified 3rd both of those times and led over 100 laps in this race last fall.
Kurt Busch $8,300: Obviously disappointed about the early exit from the playoffs but he won’t quit and wants to end his season on a high note. Charlotte has been good to him recently as he hasn’t finished outside of 11th in the L6. Also finished in the T8 in the L4.
Erik Jones $7,900: My top candidate for rookie of the year and continues to run well. He has finished T12 in 8 of L9 and finished 7th after qualifying 5th here in May. For under 8K, he’s a good pick to run inside the T10 all day.
Matt Kenseth $8,600: I think he wins a race in the Chase and this could be the chance for him. Toyotas have been fast and this is a track he has had success at. He has T10s in 6 of the L8 including a runner up and 4 in the L2. At this price, he’s hard to beat.
Aric Almirola $5,800: Didn’t race here in the spring but overall success here has been solid. Five of last six finishes in the T25 with two T15 in the last three. Solid value here.
Chris Buescher $6,300: Slight price decrease this week and partly due to the run last week. I like his price this week and he’s had decent success here, with a 16 last fall.
Landon Cassill $5,200: On my radar because I’m using him in a season long league but like this price. Expect a T25 out of him and has averaged +8.25 place differential in the L4 at Charlotte.
Short and sweet this week fellas. Good luck to all! Boogity boogity boogity! Let’s go racin!
*Weekly disclaimer: This was written before qualifying. Be sure to make note of any car/engine changes and qualifying position as value may change once starting position is established