NASCAR Truck Series: DraftKings DFS Lineup Picks for Daytona Sunoco 159 (8/16/20)

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Let’s go road racing at Daytona!

After Saturday’s Xfinity race here, which featured some drivers going seven-wide into the first turn on a restart, leaders randomly spinning out, and just a lot of weirdness, what’ll we get with the Truck Series race?

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Alex Tagliani #51 ($10,800)

Starting 21st

OH YEAH ALEX TAGLIANI IS BACK IN THE TRUCKS.

Tagliani has run five Truck Series races since 2014, with a pair of top fives, including a second-place in this 51 truck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last year.

Between Grand-Am and the Weathertech Sports Car Championship, Tagliani has run this Daytona course twice before. That experience should come in handy on Sunday and help Tagliani work his way through the field. He’s a chalky play, but he’s too good of a driver in too good of a truck for us to ignore him, even if he winds up highly-owned.

 


Kris Wright #24 ($10,500)

Starting 26th

Should we take another road ringer? Sure, let’s take another road ringer.

Wright is in a good GMS Truck and starting sub-20th, giving him strong place differential upside. Wright contributed to a second-place finish in the LMP2 class at last year’s Rolex 24 here, though most of his experience comes in lower series of sports car racing. He was the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge winner in the LMP3 class, and he had two top fives in the ARCA Menards West Series in road course races this season.

His accomplishments don’t really compare with what Tagliani has done, but it’s always exciting to see a road guy driving a good vehicle, which is what we have in this race.

 

Grant Enfinger #98 ($8,900)

Starting 17th

Okay, let’s talk about some series regulars.

Grant Enfinger has two wins this season, but he’s traditionally struggled at road courses. In his three road course races, he has an average finish of 14.3. That’s not great, especially when his average finish overall is 10.1.

But if you want to win a GPP, you have to go against the grain sometimes, and Enfinger has just enough place differential upside in a truck with race-winning speed that I think we can throw out his past road course struggles — all confined to one track, for what it’s worth — and take a chance at him at his price point. He’s a good race car driver. He’ll be low owned. This is a good contrarian play.

 


Stewart Friesen #52 ($8,800)

Starting 22nd

Friesen has had a really rough season, and he ranks 15th in points with four top 10s through 11 races. Last year, he finished fourth in points with two wins and 16 top 10s.

His lack of speed has been concerning, but as we saw on Saturday when some cars that were traditionally without speed ran well that we can disregard that issue somewhat. Don’t expect a Friesen win, but he can pilot this truck to a solid finish.

His two road course starts in the Truck Series have resulted in two top 10s, with an average finish of seventh. The sample size there is too small to mean a lot, but road courses are his best track type by average finish.

 

Scott Lagasse Jr. #30 ($6,400)

Starting 30th

Since Brennan Poole is declared for Cup points, his time in this truck is up, with Lagasse driving it now and Danny Bohn taking over at Dover.

Poole winds up with an average finish of 22.5, which is obviously not great, but he did have an average finish that was higher than his average starting spot.

Lagasse is an interesting pick for this race. He doesn’t have a lot of road course starts, though his father had a long sports car career, and Lagasse owns a Trans Am team. His average road course finish in Xfinity is 22.5, which is…huh, exactly what Poole’s average finish in the 30 truck is this year! (Yeah, I know, just a coincidence.)

Anyway, if you want to play some of the expensive drivers, you have to save money elsewhere, and of drivers around this price point, I like the place differential upside for Lagasse.

 

Carson Hocevar #40 ($4,500)

Starting 27th

Anything can happen in a weird race like this one, so why not take a chance on the cheapest driver in the field in at least a couple of lineups?

I don’t feel super great about Hocevar starting 27th — I wish he was starting more like 33rd or so for the added place upside — but the cheapest driver on DraftKings being in a Niece Motorsports truck seems like something that comes with a lot of upside.

Hocevar’s lack of road racing experience is a concern, but the young driver had 10 top 10s in 12 ARCA races in 2019, so he knows how to drive a stock car, even if he might not know how to drive one at a road course. Heck, no one has driven a race truck around this track before!

Anyway, interesting punt play here. Has top 20 upside in a Niece truck. Has plenty of downside too. But hey, this is going to be a weird race.

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