DFS NASCAR Trucks: World of Westgate 200

DFS NASCAR Trucks: World of Westgate 200

This article is part of our NASCAR DFS series.

World of Westgate 200

Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Course: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Format: 1.5-mile oval
Laps: 134

Race Preview

Last week's kickoff to the NASCAR's Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship playoffs saw nonplayoff contender Sam Mayer score his first win in the series, beating Brett Moffitt on fresher tires. Moffitt was the highest-placing playoff driver in second place. Austin Hill was the lowest-place playoff driver after getting caught in an incident and leaving Bristol with a 25th-place finish. As result, no driver has yet clinched a spot in the next round of eliminations. That leaves a big opportunity for someone to make something happen this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won the spring Las Vegas race earlier this year after leading 108 of 134 laps. Johnny Sauter was the runner-up with Austin Hill rounding out the top three. 

Key Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Number of races: 26
  • Winners from pole: 9
  • Winners from top-5 starters: 17
  • Winners from top-10 starters: 21
  • Winners from 21st or lower starters: 1
  • Fastest race: 143.163 mph

Previous 10 Las Vegas Winners

2020 spring - Kyle Busch
2019 fall - Austin Hill
2019 spring - Kyle Busch
2018 fall - Grant Enfinger
2018 spring - Kyle Busch
2017 - Ben Rhodes
2016 - Tyler Reddick
2015 - John Wes Townley
2014 - Erik Jones
2013 - Timothy Peters

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a quick 1.5-mile oval that has been won by a driver starting in the first three rows six of the last eight races. The winner has started from the first four rows in seven of the last eight. Toyota has won five of the last six races there, too. The track places a premium on handling and track position. Decisions to come to pit road or stay out can be key in determining the outcome, but teams that unload with the right setup for speed will have an advantage. Teams that are off will have to make efficient use of their trips down pit road to give their drivers the handling they need to move through the field. However, without track position the leaders may be out of touch before those changes have an impact.

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

DraftKings Tier 1 Values  

Brett Moffitt - $11,100
Austin Hill - $10,700
Sheldon Creed - $10,400
Zane Smith - $10,100

DraftKings Tier 2 Values  

Christian Eckes - $9,900
Grant Enfinger - $9,700
Johnny Sauter - $9,500
Todd Gilliland - $9,100

DraftKings Tier 3 Values

Ben Rhodes - $8,900
Matt Crafton - $8,700
Derek Kraus - $8,400
Tyler Ankrum - $8,300

DraftKings Long-Shot Values

Ryan Truex - $7,700
Conor Daly - $7,600
Travis Pastrana - $7,400
Spencer Davis - $7,200

My Picks

Austin Hill - $10,700
Christian Eckes - $9,900
Ben Rhodes - $8,900
Ryan Truex - $7,700
Conor Daly - $7,600
Tim Viens - $5,100

Austin Hill is the defending winner of this week's race in Las Vegas. Hill started that race seventh and led 29 laps on his way to the win and will start 11th Friday night. Christian Eckes started last year's race from pole position. He finished third in that outing and then started fourth at the track this spring. He led 10 laps in that spring race and will start ninth in this week's race. Ben Rhodes, seventh in the championship standings, won at Las Vegas in 2017 and then finished fifth at the track in the spring. He will start this week's race in eighth position. Another driver fantasy players may want to consider this week is Ryan Truex. He only has one series start at Las Vegas, but he started that race from pole and went on to finish 12th. Truex starts 24th this week and should score plenty of fantasy points as he moves up in the running order. Starting 27th on Friday will be IndyCar veteran Conor Daly. This will be Daly's first start in the series. His effort will be a huge challenge, but may be a value for fantasy players. He and Travis Pastrana are both being backed by iRacing and could be valuable fantasy options. Starting last in the field will be Tim Viens. This will be his eighth series start this season and he should be capable of a finish better than 25th, which would be a nice return to fantasy owners willing to take a risk on him this week.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. C.J. Radune plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: cjradune, RaceDayScore: cjradune.
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