Stockcar racing’s premiere series returns to Martinsville, Va., for the ninth race of the playoffs. Make the most of the 2023 Xfinity 500 with our NASCAR DFS picks and tiers.
NASCAR DFS Picks, Tiers & Rankings: 2023 Xfinity 500
Driver As | Fast Thoughts
Kyle Larson qualified on the pole of this race a year ago and won at Martinsville in the spring. He also came from the rear in the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro, one of our two comp tracks, to win it. He’s a staple of most of my NASCAR DFS lineups at $11,000 on DraftKings and $24.46 on Fantrax.
Despite pacing 16th in the total speed rankings (courtesy of ifantasyrace.com) in the spring, Martin Truex Jr. finished third. This, plus his win at our other comp track of New Hampshire, gives me confidence he can make do with whatever equipment he is given this weekend. Ryan Blaney has the best average finish at Martinsville among active drivers (9.5) and the third-best average starting position (9.3).
Driver Bs | Fast Thoughts
The best average starting position at Martinsville belongs to Joey Logano, who also managed a second-place finish in the spring. Having finished P2 at North Wilkesboro, P8 at New Hampshire and P9 here in the spring, Bubba Wallace is one of my favorite NASCAR DFS leverage plays of the week. I don’t expect much chalk on him at $7,700 on DraftKings and $20.40 on Fantrax. Don’t discredit Alex Bowman either, as he won this race in 2021 and was seventh in the total speed rankings (8.5) in the spring race.
Driver Cs | Fast Thoughts
If you’re looking for a mid-tier NASCAR DFS value for the Xfinity 500, look no further than Aric Almirola. He looked fast in the All-Star Open, ranked second in total speed rankings at New Hampshire (3.7) and second at Martinville (3.8) in the spring. He doesn’t always get the finishes he deserves, but I expect plenty of stage points from the No. 10 car. I am also keen on Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Chase Briscoe, who has three straight T10s at Martinsville, including qualifying inside the top three rows in consecutive appearances.
The “Hail Melon” might be illegal now, but Ross Chastain is also a frisky choice in the C-Tier, posting an average finish of 7.3 at Martinsville since joining Trackhouse Racing last year.
Driver Ds | Fast Thoughts
Daniel Suarez was eighth in the total speed rankings (10.0) here in the spring. I don’t love the price tag of $6,900 on DraftKings and $18.15 on Fantrax, but he likely isn’t going to burn you. Yet, my favorite NASCAR DFS play in this D-Tier is A.J. Allmendinger. The driver of the No. 16 car is on an absolute heater, finishing with a T5 at Homestead. Allmendinger has a surprising 29.2% T10 rate at Martinville and was 17th in the total speed rankings (17.8) in the spring. His floor is in the P24 range, but he has T10 upside.
Driver Fs | Fast Thoughts
Austin Dillon is coming off a T10 at Homestead and one of his best runs of the season. I don’t love the No. 3 car this week, but its’ average finish at Martinsville is 15.0 over his last five starts. There’s some NASCAR DFS value there for $6,400 on DraftKings and $14.68 on Fantrax. It’s an absolute draft throw, but Todd Gilliland finished 13th in this race a year ago and was 13th in the total speed rankings in the spring (15.5). I a formidable run from the Front Row Motorsports (FRM) driver.
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