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Toyota/Save Mart 350 Race Details:
Track: Sonoma Raceway
Type: Road Course
Time: Sunday, June 6 @ 4:00 pm EST
More turning right this week for NASCAR as the drivers are in wine country for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Sonoma wasn;t raced last season due to Covid-19, so while we have data, we don’t have any from last season. We also don’t have practice or Qualifying so we’re going off of the ol’ algorithm for starting position.
We have a 90 lap race this week, and that typically leads to us looking for finishing points more than dominators. you will want to grab drivers you think will win, be in the top 10, and take place differential to gain the advantage. We can look at the COTA race as well as the Daytona Road race as our comps this week.
These are your higher price drivers for NASCAR DFS. Depending on the race, and where they are starting, they are more than likely chalk.
Chase Elliott is going into this race as the likely favorite after winning 5 of the last 10 road races the Cup series has raced at. Elliott will be starting 2nd and could lead some laps early as well giving us a small boost. This is the only road course he hasn’t won at, but has 2 top 10s in his last 2 here.
I think I will probably have more Martin Truex Jr this week than Chase who is starting further back in 19th position. Truex has spent most of his time at the front of most road courses throughout the races and has won 3 times here in the last 10…including the last 2. Since he drives so well here, it wouldn’t surprise me if he pulls out another high finish and may even win.
Kyle Busch is intriguing as well this week as he has raced pretty well at road courses, even without practice! He’s finished at 7th or better in the last 3 races at Sonoma Raceway. Busch also won here back in 2015. Recently he won the Busch Clash in February in Dayton and finished top 5 at COTA. He starts 3rd this weekend.
The mid-range drivers for NASCAR DFS. These drivers have top 5 potential and will often see some decent ownership.
This is an interesting group, and I’m going to start it out with Joey Logano. Logano has been a road course driver this season all of his finishes being in the top 5. He’s also raced reasonable well at Sonoma with 4 top 10 finishes in his last 10. He’s starting 13th meaning he could be a decent PD driver if he finishes near the top.
Christopher Bell is in a good spot this week starting 20th for the race. that makes him a great PD pick for the race. With his win at Daytona earlier this season he has to be considered a favorite for this one. He’s had luck in road courses prior to this season in the Xfinity circuit so he should do well here.
I think Kurt Busch is looking good for this one with his starting position being so far back at 30th. Kurt has a good history with top 15 finishes in his last 8 Sonoma races including a win and 4 top 5 finishes. He could give us a lot of PD points this weekend.
I mention Michael McDowell for every road race, so this race is no different. Here’s his mention.
Ross Chastain is interesting too as he raced well at COTA with great speed. It’s a risk with his starting position, but I think he can make moves and get closer to the top in this one like he did there. He’s starting back in 29th and a top 10 could be in his future.
Your lower tier priced players on both sites. These guys more than likely won’t win the race. Here we will target drivers who will get us points through Place Differential for NASCAR DFS.
Ryan Preece is my favorite driver in this section this week. Preece is starting back in 27th andi finished 15th at COTA and 9th at the Daytona road course. That’s a big jump, and while I don’t think he makes it to the top 10, top 20 is more than possible. His salary helps to fit in those higher priced drivers as well.
Erik Jones makes this list again this week as he’s raced well at Sonoma with 2 top 10 finishes in his 3 races here. He also has raced well at the road courses this season with a +13 and +23 Place Differential in those races.
I think Chase Briscoe will round out my drivers for this week. Briscoe has raced really well at road courses in the Xfinity series and finished 5th at the COTA race a few weeks back. He’s starting 25th in this one.
The Yellow Flags
These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high-price drivers but may not do much more for NASCAR DFS. Minimize their use in your lineups. Do not use in cash!
No need to punt this week…
Good luck and have fun but remember that NASCAR is an extremely volatile sport. Never go a full 100% on any driver.