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Tennessee Lottery 250
Location: Lebanon, Tenn.
Course: Nashville Superspeedway
Format: 1.33-mile D-shaped oval
Nashville Superspeedway welcomes the return of the NASCAR Xfinity Series this week for the first time since 2011. There are only a handful of drivers in the series who have prior starts at the track, and the only driver in the field to have won there is Kyle Busch. There have been 21 prior Nashville races, and they produced 14 different winners. Only two of those races were won from pole, but the vast majority have been won from drivers starting inside the top 10. Busch has the most series starts at the track (10), but Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett both have seven prior starts. Busch will also be aiming for his 100th victory in the series after earning victory No. 99 last week at Texas.
Key Stats at Nashville Superspeedway
- Number of races: 21
- Winners from pole: 2
- Winners from top-5 starters: 12
- Winners from top-10 starters: 17
- Winners from 21st or lower starters: 2
- Fastest race: 134.095 mph
Previous 10 Nashville Winners
2011 fall - Carl Edwards
2011 spring - Carl Edwards
2010 fall - Brad Keselowski
2010 spring - Kevin Harvick
2009 fall - Kyle Busch
2009 spring - Joey Logano
2008 fall - Brad Keselowski
2008 spring - Scott Wimmer
2007 fall - Carl Edwards
2007 spring - Carl Edwards
Nashville Superspeedway is a concrete 1.33-mile D-shaped oval. Fantasy players should look to Darlington and Dover to draw comparisons as to how this weekend's race may go. The good news for fantasy players is that this week's race will feature practice and qualifying to get a gauge for who might be fast when the green flag waves. The concrete surface has heavily favored drivers starting in the first five rows. The track is not known for producing lots of passing, and pit strategies are less likely to be varied unless untimely caution periods occur. Drivers are expected to opt for four-tire stops, but track position might be too valuable to give up when nearing the end of the race.
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MY PICKS THIS WEEK
Lower-Risk Lineup ($50K Salary Cap)
Noah Gragson continues his quest to visit Victory Lane again this week. He currently sits 10th in the standings and got his season back on track with a seventh-place finish last week at Texas. Nashville is not a new venue for Allgaier, which could give him an advantage over most of the field this week. He won at Darlington and finished third at Dover this season, which are arguably two of the most similar tracks to this week's oval. Like Allgaier, Annett also has six prior Nashville starts. He has three top-15s from those races with a best finish of ninth. Brett Moffitt has been consistently scoring top-15 finishes in the series this year. He was eighth last week at Texas and finished in the same spot at Darlington, too. He finished 13th on the concrete at Dover earlier this year. Brandon Brown sits 24 points out of the playoff spots in 13th. He has three top-10s and four top-15s in the last five races and will be aiming to close that points gap Saturday. Fantasy players will need to go a little further back in this lineup to then take a look at Bayley Currey. This will be his 13th start of the season, but he is a reliable top-25 finisher with the potential to move into a top-20 spot with a bit of luck.
Higher-Risk Lineup ($50K Salary Cap)
Busch has been nothing short of stellar in the Xfinity Series, which makes it hard to avoid choosing him when he does race. This week his price is a bit of a deterrent, but he is also the only former Nashville winner in the field, and will have practice and qualifying to fine tune his machine. He was also the fastest in Friday's practice session. Daniel Hemric has also been quite strong this season. He hasn't yet won, but with six top-fives and nine top-10s, it doesn't seem like a win would be far off. He was fifth at Darlington and ninth at Dover earlier this year, and was also inside the top-five practice speeds. Austin Hill will make his 10th series appearance this week. His ability to finish races this year has been hit or miss, but when he does make it to the checkered flag, he typically has decent numbers. He was ninth at Darlington earlier this year, which was one of his two top-10 Xfinity finishes in 2021. Jeremy Clements has a best finish of 19th from five prior starts at this track. He is 12th in the championship standings and is on pace to have his best season in the series so far. Joe Graf Jr. will be a gamble this week. He has not raced at Nashville and hasn't finished in the top-25 for a number of weeks now. He was 29th at Dover and has had top-20 speed at times this season, however. Choosing Timmy Hill lends a little experience to the lineup deep in the selections. He has an average finish of 27.5 from two Nashville starts, but he should be able to improve on that this week with his prior experience.