Stock car racing’s premiere series will turn both left and right for the final time this year at the season’s last road course race, the elimination race for the playoffs’ Round of 12. Make the most of the 2023 Bank of America ROVAL 400 with our NASCAR DFS picks and tiers.
NASCAR DFS Picks, Tiers & Rankings: 2023 Bank of America ROVAL 400
Driver As | Fast Thoughts
AJ Allmendinger is our favorite pick this week, especially at a relatively good price of $9,000 on DraftKings and $16.48 on Fantrax. He’s finished with a T10 at the ROVAL twice in every Cup Series race that his engine didn’t blow up, and has won each of the four Xfinity Series races he’s entered here. Tyler Reddick’s finishes on road courses in 2023 have been iffy, but the speed is there, and he’s a NASCAR DFS favorite this week on DraftKings at $10,000. The speed is there – the No. 45 is second-best on road courses in 2023 in the total speed ranking (courtesy of ifantasyrace.com).
Driver Bs | Fast Thoughts
Michael McDowell is also a great NASCAR DFS value for how strong his road course performances have been this year, especially with how dominant his No. 34 was at Indianapolis. A price of $9,100 on DraftKings and $18.35 on Fantrax feels like a great starting point for a lineup heavy with upper to mid-tier drivers. Though he was the only Hendrick Motors[sorts (HMS) driver not in our A-Tier, perhaps that is underselling Alex Bowman’s performances here, where he’s top of the Cup Series in average starting and finishing position. Keep in mind he didn’t race at the ROVAL last year due to injury, nor has he won there. As for bargains, it doesn’t get any better than Justin Haley’s $6,700 on DraftKings; the No. 31 was fifth here in 2022.
Driver Cs | Fast Thoughts
Kyle Busch is no road course ace and is 26 points behind the cutline, but he has been top-four here the last two years and won’t exit the playoffs without a fight. Nor will Bubba Wallace, who has improved as a road course racer this year and was seventh at the ROVAL last year – though anything short of that will make his price of $7,000 DraftKings and $20.14 on Fantrax feel a tad steep. At $8,500 on DraftKings and $18.55 on Fantrax, Daniel Suarez’s NASCAR DFS salary is slightly overinflated, as well, but the No. 99 team will still feel they can win this race after coming up just short in Indianapolis.
Driver Ds | Fast Thoughts
None of this quartet is particularly inspiring, but playoff driver Brad Keselowski ($7,200 on DraftKings) needs a good day here to avoid playoff elimination at just two points above the cutline. We just have our doubts about his ability to do so, having just one T5 here and no other ROVAL finish better than 14th. Kevin Harvick also warrants mention here after a second-place finish at this track last season.
Driver Fs | Fast Thoughts
Ryan Preece has never finished worse than 21st at the ROVAL; that could be good NASCAR DFS value at a $6,300 DraftKings and $15.06 Fantrax pricetag. Mike Rockenfeller is one of a few road course specialists in the field, and the No. 42 has run well enough with Carson Hocevar at ovals that it’s worth a look at a dirt-cheap price of $5,600 on DraftKings and the $5.00 minimum on Fantrax.
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