Brandon Braasch | June 12th, 2020
This weekend the Xfinity Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway. This race has been the championship weekend in the past but NASCAR changed the schedule this year. This was an attempt to mix up the championship race every year so it doesn’t favor certain drivers.
That change, in my opinion, will greatly improve the racing at Homestead. It has always had great races but in past years everyone has focused on the championship four. This year the focus will be on everyone running to win the race, not the Championship. Although, a lot of eyes will be on one driver in particular. The fan-favorite returns as Dale Earnhardt Jr will be making his only NASCAR start of the year. Now let’s take a look at my core four for Saturday’s Xfinity race.
Chase Briscoe ($11,300 DK)
Briscoe has been very good this year. He has two wins, six top tens, and averages 52.7 fantasy points. Last year in Briscoe’s first year with Stewart-Haas, he finished it off with a third-place finish at Homestead. He won stage one and led 14 laps. He will look to continue his success from this year and use his experience from last year’s race to find victory lane. He will have the luxury of not worrying about Tyler Reddick in this race. Reddick won the last two Xfinity Homestead races. Look for Briscoe to be the class of the field and have another great run.
Noah Gragson ($9,600 DK)
Both Gragson and Briscoe have been the top Xfinity drivers. Just like Briscoe, he has two wins on the year and six top-seven finishes. He will be starting on the front row and will have an opportunity to lead laps early. He has led 153 laps on the year and has only not led laps in one race. In his only Xfinity Series start at Homestead, Gragson finished fourth. Similarly to Briscoe, he will benefit from not having Reddick in the race. I expect them both to be battling it out for the win.
Myatt Snider ($8,400 DK)
Snider has consistently run good but has had some bad luck with finishes. Because of that, he will be starting 26th. I picked him at Bristol and he finished fifth on his way to scoring 57 fantasy points. Snider has been inconsistent at times but he’s coming off of two top tens in three races. Last week, Snider was in subpar equipment. He was in the 93 car for RSS Racing and not the 21 car for Richard Childress Racing. He’s back in the 21 car this week and will look to get back into the top ten for his third top ten in four races.
Matt Mills ($6,400 DK)
The Xfinity Series is about as tough as it comes when trying to pick the value drivers. They are all pretty much dart throws. The best way for them to score points is place differential. Obviously, they will likely not lead any laps unless they stay out under caution. Their equipment isn’t very good, so they will also miss out on fast laps. Mills is starting 35th, which gives him a good chance to at least pick up some spots. He finished 30th last year at Homestead. If Mills can get a top 25 finish, I will be ecstatic and that will be exactly what I’m looking for out of him.
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