NASCAR XFINITY DFS: Alsco 300 DraftKings Preview

Brian Polking

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the Alsco 300, and now that pricing is out at DraftKings, Friday night's race is shaping up to be a battle of two strategies.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series also in town, there are a few drivers pulling double duty. One of those drivers happens to be Kyle Busch, who is by far the most accomplished driver in the field and could easily run away with the race. He is also priced at a whopping $14,100 on DraftKings, so you have a decision to make.

You can either build around Kyle Busch and try to field a decent roster of cheap drivers around him, or you can fade him and build a balanced lineup and hope he has issues or at least doesn't lead a bunch of laps.

I'll wait until after qualifying and practice before committing more to one strategy or the other, but if multiple big names happen to start deep in the field, I'll probably fade Busch in a few more lineups than I will if all the top guys are starting up front. Either way, I'll have my share of lineups with him and without him.

Check out all of my top DFS plays for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway, and head to DraftKings to start building some lineups.


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Must-Own Drivers

Kyle Busch ($14,100)

He is a serious threat to dominant any XFINITY race he enters, and he has already delivered a ton of impressive performances at Kentucky. In 10 starts here, he has three wins and eight Top 5 finishes, and he has led more than 60 laps in seven of those 10 starts. Busch is riding a streak of seven straight Top 5s at Kentucky, and Busch has won the summer race in each of the past two seasons. You might need to break the bank and build around Busch if you want to win this weekend.

Christopher Bell ($10,800)

Among the series regulars, Bell has been in a class by himself at the 1.5-mile tracks. He has a 4.4 average finish in the five races, leading laps in four of them. Bell has also recorded double-digit fastest laps in all five races, recording 20-plus four times. You can pencil Bell in for a Top 5 finish and some dominator points this weekend.

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Value Plays

Cole Custer ($9,800)

Since crashing at Atlanta early in the year, Custer has reeled off four straight Top 10s at the 1.5-mile tracks, including three straight Top 5 finishes. Custer led 29 laps at Charlotte a few weeks back, and he led 49 laps and finished fifth at Kentucky last September. He has some dominator potential this weekend.

Paul Menard ($9,400)

Menard will be making his fourth XFINITY Series start this weekend, and he has finished eighth or better in all three of them, leading laps in two of those starts. He also has four Top 10s in seven XFINITY starts at Kentucky, including two finishes of sixth or better in his last three starts here. He should be a lock for the Top 10 with an outside shot at some dominator points.

Daniel Hemric ($9,200)

He has been one of the strongest XFINITY regulars all year, and he has been locked in at the 1.5-mile tracks. He has a 6.4 average finish in the five races, finishing 11th or better in every race. Hemric finished in the Top 10 in both of his starts at Kentucky last year as a rookie, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a Top 5 out of Hemric Friday night.

Spencer Gallagher ($8,500)

He will be back in the car after completing NASCAR's recovery program and having his suspension lifted, and don't forget that he was having a great year before the suspension. He finished in the Top 15 in all three races at mile-and-a-half tracks he participated in, notching two Top 10s. He also cracked the Top 15 in both races at Kentucky last year. Gallagher should be good for around 25 fantasy points on finishing position alone.

John Hunter Nemechek ($8,200)

The differential category hasn't been his friend this year, and he has lost positions in seven of his nine XFINITY starts this year. However, Nemechek also has seven Top 15s in those eight starts, including three Top 10s, and more importantly, his price tag has finally dropped to an appropriate level. As long as he doesn't qualify in the Top 5, I'm interested in Nemechek at this price.

Matt Tifft ($8,000)

Tifft has been rock solid at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, compiling a 10.8 average finish in the five races and gaining an average of 6.2 spots. He also has three Top 10s and a 9.5 average finish in four career starts at Kentucky. Tifft looks like a strong bet for a Top 10 Friday night, which is already a nice return at this price. If he has some differential upside, he could be one of the top plays.

Austin Cindric ($7,800)

I'm not the biggest fan of Cindric as a long-term prospect, but he's in Team Penske equipment this weekend, giving him immediate Top 10 potential. This is the cheapest way to gain exposure to elite equipment this weekend, so don't be afraid to take the gamble.

Sleeper Specials

David Starr ($5,900)

Starr has been quietly delivering respectable finishes at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, and he has finished 23rd or better in the last three. More importantly, he has gained a combined 32 spots in those three races, moving up at least six spots in each of them. If he starts around the 30th spot again Friday night, use him for some safe cap relief.

Brandon Hightower ($5,000)

He has only made two starts at the mile-and-a-half tracks this year, but he has been able to take advantage of the place differential category in both of them. Hightower started 39th and finished 27th and Charlotte, and he started 37th and finished 26th at Chicagoland a couple of weeks ago. If he qualifies at the back again Friday night, he could be a cheap source of 20-plus fantasy points at DraftKings.

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