The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is back in action this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Friday night's Stratosphere 200 will kick off a tripleheader of NASCAR action at the mile-and-a-half oval, and it will be our first chance to win some money playing NASCAR DFS at DraftKings.
Vegas shares a similar 1.5-mile layout to the track we just visited last weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the tire wear we will see this weekend won't come close to matching what we saw on Atlanta's abrasive surface. While I still expect many of the same names to run up front, I do think Vegas could be kinder to some of the newer drivers.
Of course, everyone is likely to be chasing Kyle Busch for the second week in a row. Fresh of becoming the all-time leader in Truck Series victories, he will set his sights on his second win in as many weeks. He is going to be just as tough to beat Friday night, so when you start building lineups, you are going to want to have plenty built around him.
Don't hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter at @BPolking after qualifying for any lineup advice, but in the meantime, check out the drivers I will be targeting at DraftKings leading up to the Truck Series Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch ($15,500)
I said in last week's preview that you won't need to worry about building a balanced lineup if Busch just leads every lap. He basically did that in his win at Atlanta, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him to it again at Vegas. After all, he led 55 laps and picked up the win in this race a year ago.
Johnny Sauter ($11,200)
He moved teams this offseason, but Sauter doesn't look like he will miss a beat. He led nine laps and finished second at Atlanta last weekend, and he finished second in both Vegas races a year ago, leading 21 laps in the fall. A Top 5 finish and some dominator points should be on tap.
Brett Moffitt ($10,800)
Moffitt picked up a Top 5 finish at Atlanta last weekend, so his move to a new team this offseason doesn't seem to be bothering the defending series champ. He led double-digit laps in both races at Las Vegas a year ago, so I'm expecting another strong showing from Moffitt Friday night.
Stewart Friesen ($10,300)
Things didn't go his way at Atlanta, but Friesen should rebound at Las Vegas. He finished fifth here last March, and he led double-digit laps in both races at the track. The dominator potential could make him an X-factor in lineups where you fade Kyle Busch.
Ben Rhodes ($9,900)
He had a strong car at Atlanta last weekend, leading 20 laps on his way to a sixth-place finish. Rhodes could be back up front at Vegas Friday, and in four starts here, he has a 6.0 average finish and a win in 2017. Keep him in mind as a dominator candidate.
Harrison Burton ($9,400)
Burton faded a bit in the final laps at Atlanta, but he still ended up eighth after running in the Top 5 most of the race. Expect to see the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver near the front of the field again Friday night, and if he happens to have a little differential upside, he will be a no-brainer play at this price.
Grant Enfinger ($9,000)
Enfinger has opened the year with back-to-back Top 5s, and now he heads to one of his best tracks. He has never finished outside the Top 10 in four starts at Las Vegas, and he finished in the Top 5 in both races here a year ago, leading 40 laps and winning the fall event. He could be a sneaky source of dominator points this weekend.
Austin Hill ($8,800)
He backed up his win at Daytona with a seventh-place effort at Atlanta, and it looks like the move to Hattori Racing is going to make him a weekly Top 10 threat. His price tag is likely to rise in the coming weeks, but until then, Hill looks like a great mid-priced play.
Sheldon Creed ($8,400)
Although he faded after his Top 5 qualifying run, Creed came way with a 12th-place finish in just his ninth Truck Series start. He's only going to get better, and in the meantime, he gives you a shot at a Top 10 for a great price. Just make sure he has a little place differential upside.
Timothy Peters ($8,100)
Peters came away with a Top 10 finish last weekend at Atlanta, and he's been pretty solid at Las Vegas in the past. He has finished 11th or better in three of his last four starts here, leading laps in two of those starts. I'm not expecting him to lead any laps Friday night, but a Top 10 isn't out of the question. If he starts towards the middle of the pack, he could be a good value play.
Brennan Poole ($7,900)
He was a place differential monster at Atlanta last weekend, climbing from 29th to 13th by the time the checkered flag flew. It's a little early to know for sure if Poole will be a steady Top 15 performer, but at this price, I'll be willing to find out of if he starts way in the back again.
Tyler Dippel ($7,500)
Dippel only ran five Truck races last year, but he finished in the Top 15 in four of them. He is coming off a career-best 11th-place finish at Atlanta last weekend, so at the very least, he seems like a safe bet to finish in the Top 15 at Las Vegas. If he starts deeper in the field, Dippel should provide a decent point total while freeing up cap space.
Cory Roper ($6,100)
The sample size is small, but Roper has opened the year with back-to-back Top 20s, including his 16th-place run at Atlanta last weekend when he also gained 12 spots. If he starts deep in the field again this weekend, don't hesitate to use him as a punt play.