DFS NASCAR Trucks: Henry Ford Health System 200

DFS NASCAR Trucks: Henry Ford Health System 200

This article is part of our NASCAR DFS series.

Henry Ford Health System 200

Location: Brooklyn, Mich.
Course: Michigan International Speedway
Format: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Laps: 100

Race Preview

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor trucks had a week to catch their breath after the double-header weekend two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway. Matt Crafton and Austin Hill scored the wins and booked their spots in the playoffs with six races left to finalize the field of championship contenders. This week, the series returns at Michigan International Speedway where Austin Hill will attempt to defend his race win from last season. Two new winners from Kansas tighten the battle around the final playoff positions with Todd Gilliland holding a 12-point advantage over Tyler Ankrum in the 10th and final playoff position. 

Key Stats at Michigan International Speedway

  • Number of races: 20
  • Winners from pole: 1
  • Winners from top-5 starters: 6
  • Winners from top-10 starters: 16
  • Winners from 21st or lower starters: 1
  • Fastest race: 161.110 mph

Previous 10 Michigan Winners

2019 - Austin Hill
2018 - Brett Moffitt
2017 - Bubba Wallace
2016 - Brett Moffitt
2015 - Kyle Busch
2014 - Johnny Sauter
2013 - James Buescher
2012 - Nelson Piquet, Jr.
2011 - Kevin Harvick
2010 - Aric Almirola

Racing at Michigan is all about horsepower. The wide turns allow drivers to move up and down the banking as handling changes throughout a fuel run. Getting back to the throttle as quickly as possible is imperative to maximizing speed down the long straights. The circuit's 2.0-mile distance also allows a bit more flexibility for pit stops. Fuel strategy could come into play as drivers try to make up positions by running in clean air and less traffic. Toyota trucks have won five of the last six races at the track, and the race has only been won from pole once.

DRAFTKINGS VALUE PICKS (Based on Standard $50K Salary Cap)

DraftKings Tier 1 Values  

John Hunter Nemechek - $11,100
Parker Kligerman - $10,800
Johnny Sauter - $10,400

DraftKings Tier 2 Values  

Matt Crafton - $9,900
Brett Moffitt - $9,700
Christian Eckes - $9,300
Stewart Friesen - $9,100

DraftKings Tier 3 Values

Todd Gilliland - $8,900
Tyler Ankrum - $8,700
Sheldon Creed - $8,500
Ben Rhodes - $8,100

DraftKings Long-Shot Values

Grant Enfinger - $7,900
Derek Kraus - $7,700
Brennan Poole - $7,000
Ryan Truex - $6,800

My Picks

Johnny Sauter - $10,400
Matt Crafton - $9,900
Brett Moffitt - $9,700
Ben Rhodes - $8,100
Ryan Truex - $6,800
Tyler Hill - $4,900

After a rough second race at Kansas two weeks ago, Johnny Sauter's playoff hopes now hang in the balance. He's in need of a win to put himself back into championship contention and will be looking to do so this week at Michigan where he won in 2014. He has four top-10 finishes from his last six starts at the track and will start 13th Friday night. Matt Crafton got his 2020 win in that second Kansas race, and with four top-fives from the last four races, he's in peak form right now. Crafton has never won at Michigan but does have seven consecutive top-10s at the track heading into this week's race. Like Sauter, Brett Moffitt also finds himself in playoff danger leaving Kansas. He holds the final playoff spot with a 31-point gap back to Derek Kraus. Moffitt starts on the front row and has two Michigan wins from four series starts. Ben Rhodes has been in excellent form with just two finishes outside of the top 10 so far this season. He starts 10th this week and led 15 laps in this race last season. Ryan Truex will make his fourth truck start this season, and with two top-15 finishes from his first three outings, he's a nice value for fantasy players this weekend. Rounding things out is Tyler Hill. He has four 2020 starts to date with two top-20 finishes. He will start 30th on Friday.

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C.J. Radune
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