The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Michigan on Saturday for a 250-mile ride around the 2.0-mile highway. Noah Gregson rolls off the net first.
Last week at Brickyard, AJ Allmendinger dominated, driving 42 of 62 laps en route to victory. The win pushed his points lead to 17 points over Justin Algayer, while Ty Gibbs finished third, 30 points clear of the Allmendinger. The Allmendinger now has three wins on the season, but Gibbs leads the series with four wins.
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Justin Allgaier ($10,500) – starting in third place
It was just too close for me between Allgaier and teammate (and polesitter) Noah Gragson to fill that expensive hole in my lineup, but I eventually settled on Allgaier because he feels a little safe. Similar progress, but Lagayer is unlikely to make the mistake of killing his race.
Allgaier has six of the Top 10 in 10 Xfinity starting here, which includes three of them in a row. He has only failed to score in the top 10 here since joining JRM.
Last year, Allgaier started fifth here and finished sixth, up nine laps.
Gragson may have more speed, but Allgaier has racked up three wins this season and always seems to be staying there at the end. I would also suggest having lineups with Gragson, but if I only had one lineup I’d go to Allgaier, especially because I think it would be less popular than Gragson and want some differentiation before I fill my lineup a couple chalky plays…
John Hunter Nemechek ($9600) – starting at 31
Nemechek returns to Sam Hunt Racing 26 this weekend, marking his fifth start of the season in this car.
So far, his worst finish of the season in this car has been an 18th in Road America. He had a pair of top five players as he led him and led 11 laps at Phoenix. (He also dominated Richmond, driving 135 laps and finishing second, but that was in Gibbs’ car.)
In Michigan, Nemechek has one of the top 10 Xfinity’s right here in its prime.
Start 31 means there are a lot of differential points in play for Nemechek. I’m a little concerned that this car was also slow in practice, but the results this year with JHN piloting this machine were too encouraging for me to fade due to some training/qualifying sessions.
Sam Meyer ($9,400) – Starting at 26
Chalk, Part Two.
In practice, the JRM cars were very fast. This qualification didn’t go Mayer’s way doesn’t change the fact that I expect all JRM cars to be fast during the race itself.
For the purposes of fiction, that’s a good thing, because it means that a super-fast car will start in the back half of the field, giving us a clear spot for differential play. Sure, there’s a concern that everyone else will play Meyer too, but sometimes you have to take a risk. On top of that, a lot of people will fade Meyer because he’s so chalky, right?
If we have two obvious differential games for where the chalk is, I think playing both provides a good advantage, because you’ll get a lot of people to play just one because they’ll think “everyone will have those guys in the GPP.”
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Riley Herbst ($8,800) – starting at 13
Not the most exciting game, but with the way Herbst runs, he’s someone who can get a few points and make a top 10.
Herbst is having his best season in NASCAR. He’s already tied for the top-five and top-10 from last year and his average finish is 13.0. It ranked ninth in Fontana, which is the closest track to Michigan when it comes to tracking comparisons.
Last year, Herbst finished seventh in this race. He also took a win in 2020 at the ARCA race here, and while you can take that with a grain of salt since he’s been in a Gibbs, I think his running experience here will come in handy on Saturday. Herbst scored a lot of laps here between ARCA and Xfinity.
CJ McLaughlin ($6,200) – starting at #34
Now we move on to the value options.
McLaughlin is running strong laps for the RSS feed this year. His average finish is 24.0, including Daytona, where he crashed and finished 35th.
McLaughlin’s last race was in Loudoun, where he started in 33rd and finished 13th.
And while he didn’t race at Fontana, the other RSS cars did. Ryan Sieg was 10th there in 39, while Joe Graf Jr. led this 38 to 15. Kyle Sieg was 18th in this race with all three RSS cars scoring in the top 20.
Since track racing is similar to this, I think McLaughlin is a great place for differential sleep.
Bailey Currie ($5,100) – Starting at 35
Curry was solid in practice, finishing the season 23rd best. But qualifying wasn’t good, with the fourth car ending up only 35th.
But hey – that just means more differential opportunities for us, right?
Currie has averaged a finish of 24.3 this season, with one of the top 10 races. He had one of his worst races in Fontana, the best compared to Michigan State.
Last year, JDM cars took 21st, 25th and 26th places here. Curry could easily end up at around 25, which would be an imaginary 27 points. At this price, that’s going to be solid, and you never know when the race gets weird and ends near the 20th. 20 would be 37 points. 👀
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