NASCAR America Fantasy League: 10 Best at Dover in last three years

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NASCAR travels from one of the least predictable tracks to one where streaks are commonplace.

Talladega Superspeedway was as much of a wild card as predicted with a massive crash in the closing laps that eliminated many top contenders.

Dover International Speedway offers the promise of something different.

Last year, four drivers swept the top five there. Two others posted a pair of top 10s and several more swept the top 15. Far from making it easier to pick one’s NASCAR America Fantasy Live lineup, it puts a premium on getting exactly the right five on the roster.

Fantasy players need to look for consistency to go along with strength and put a lot of thought into which of the following 10 drivers will be the one that differentiates their lineup from the competition.

1. Chase Elliott (three-year average: 3.25 in four races)
Simply put, Elliott is as close to perfect at Dover as any driver will get before winning a race. Inheriting the team that propelled Jeff Gordon to so much success, Elliott has finished in the top five in four starts and finished second in last fall’s playoff race.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (5.67)
Truex’s name is going to pop up a lot in the next seven races because he has recent victories on all but one of those tracks. At Dover, he has been both consistent and good with a win in fall 2016 and an eight-race streak of results 11th or better.

3. Daniel Suarez (7.00 in two starts)
When handicapping a NASCAR race, one has to look at a driver’s track record and recent results. Suarez not only swept the top 10 at Dover last year, but he enters with back-to-back 10th-place finishes at Richmond Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. That means he also has momentum on his side.

4. Kyle Larson (7.67)
With the exception of a 25th in fall 2016 and an 11th in his Dover debut, Larson has swept the top 10 on the Monster Mile. Three weeks ago, he finished second on another high-banked oval. His second-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway has him hungry for his first win of 2018.

5. Kasey Kahne (9.50)
This could be the week Kahne gives Leavine Family Racing their first top 10 on a non-plate track since 2016. Dover is a driver’s track and Kahne has a worst finish of 17th there in his last six attempts.

6. Jimmie Johnson (13.00)
This is going to be a great test of how much Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team have learned about the new Chevrolet Camaro. With a record 11 wins – the most recent of which came in last year’s AAA 400 – there is simply no one who has a better idea of what it takes to get to Victory Lane.

7. Kevin Harvick (13.50)
Harvick is a difficult driver to predict this week. His three-year average is positively skewed by a first and second-place finish in 2015. He has not earned a top five at Dover since. Then again, he has rarely entered the AAA 400 with as much momentum as this week.

7. Erik Jones (13.50 in two starts)
The super sophomores Suarez and Jones make great garage picks in the NASCAR American Fantasy Live game because of their consistency. Make the decision about which to place based on the weekend data – after practice and qualification are in the books.

9. Brad Keselowski (14.33)
While Keselowski has been solid at Dover in the past three years, these are not his glory days. From fall 2012 (when he won a race on fuel mileage) through 2014 he scored four top fives in five races. He has replaced that with consistency in recent years with only one result worse than 16th in the last six races.

10. Kyle Busch (14.50)
If this was the fall race, Busch would be one of the favorites. He has finished first or second in the last three October events. His best recent effort in the spring came last year with a 16th, but he was 30th or worse in the three preceding races.

10. Ryan Newman (14.50)
This should be precisely the type of track that favors Newman and his take-no-prisoners attitude, but he has only been able to score one top five in the last three years. He’s consistent, however, with a sweep of the top 20.

Bonus Picks

Pole Winner: Truex has the most poles this season, but that is not the only reason to recommend him. He has started on the front row in his last three Dover attempts and won the pole for the 2017 Apache Warrior 400.

Segment Winners: Keselowski and Harvick – both of whom are among this week’s 10 best – have the most segments wins in 2018. With four apiece, they double the closest competitors and have an opportunity to extend that lead in the AAA 400.

For more Fantasy NASCAR coverage, check out Rotoworld.com and follow Dan Beaver (@FantasyRace) on Twitter.

Las Vegas Xfinity results, driver points

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Chase Briscoe‘s victory Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sends him into the next round of the Xfinity playoffs.

Noah Gragson led a 2-3-4 finish for JR Motorsports. Gragson was second and followed by Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier. Ryan Sieg finished fifth.

Briscoe dominated the race, leading 164 of the 200 laps.

Click here for Xfinity race results

POINTS

Ross Chastain finished 16th, last among the playoff drivers, and fell out of a transfer spot to the second round. He’s two points behind Harrison Burton for the final transfer spot. Michael Annett is 10 points behind Burton. Riley Herbst is 14 points behind Burton. Brandon Brown is 20 points behind Burton.

Click here for driver points report

Chase Briscoe scores 8th Xfinity win of year with Las Vegas triumph

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Chase Briscoe met a preseason goal of winning eight races with his victory in Saturday night’s Xfinity playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Briscoe, who also won at Las Vegas in February, advances to the second round.

Briscoe dominated, winning both stages on the way to his second consecutive victory and eighth of the year. He led 164 of 200 laps.

“Awesome car,” Briscoe said on the radio of the car that also won at this 1.5-mile speedway earlier this year. “Can’t say enough, awesome car.”

Gragson said of Briscoe’s car on NBCSN: “Lot of race cars out here and one space shuttle.”

Las Vegas native Noah Gragson finished second and was followed by JR Motorsports teammates Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier. Ryan Sieg placed fifth.

Austin Cindric placed sixth and was followed by Michael Annett, Anthony Alfredo, Harrison Burton and Justin Haley.

Briscoe’s eight wins through 27 races ties him with Jack Ingram and Sam Ard for the most wins by non-Cup drivers through 27 races in a season. Ard and Ingram both did it in 1984. Briscoe’s eight wins ties him with Carl Edwards for most wins by a Ford driver in a season in the Xfinity Series. Edwards accomplished the feat in 2011.

“I knew this team was fully capable of achieving that and even more,” Briscoe told NBCSN of winning eight races this year. “I just can’t say thank you enough to Gene Haas and Tony Stewart and everyone that lets me drive these race cars. It has been an unbelievable season and we still have a lot, six more wins that we can try to get and a championship. That is what we are going to try to do. I am so happy to start the playoffs like this. After the last couple weeks we had, to go to Bristol and win and now here is a pretty good way to start our playoffs.”

The 25-year-old Briscoe does not know where he’ll run next season. He has a year left on his contract with Ford.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Chase Briscoe

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Briscoe

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ryan Sieg’s fifth-place finish is his fifth top five of the season, the most he’s had in a season. … Runner-up Noah Gragson has finished in the top six in all four of his Xfinity Las Vegas starts. He did it by overcoming a bloody nose during the race. At one point, he put roll bar padding up his nose to clog it. … Daniel Hemric had finished 24th or worse in four of his last five starts before Saturday’s race. He finished third at Las Vegas.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ross Chastain finished 16th, last among the playoff drivers. It’s his first finish outside the top 10 at a 1.5-mile speedway this season.

NEXT: The series races Oct. 3 at Talladega Superspeedway (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) in the middle race of the opening round of the playoffs.

Gracie Trotter becomes first female to win ARCA-sanctioned race

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Gracie Trotter became the first female to win a race sanctioned by ARCA when she captured the ARCA Menards West race Saturday at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I’m at a loss for words right now. My first year in ARCA, out West, far from home – it just really means a lot to me,” Trotter said after her first series win.

The best finish by a female in ARCA Series history had been second. Shawna Robinson (1999 at Daytona), Erin Crocker (2005 and ’07 at Kentucky and 2006 at Kansas) and Hailie Deegan (2020 at Daytona) each finished runner-up in an ARCA race.

This is the first year that the West Series has been sanctioned by ARCA. It was previously known as K&N Pro Series West. Deegan was the most recent female winner in that series. She won three times. Deegan scored her first career West win in 2018 at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway. That victory made her the first female to win in that series. Deegan went on to win twice more in that series in 2019.

The 19-year-old Trotter is a third-generation racer. She drives for Bill McAnally Racing. Trotter began competing in go-karts at age 8. She was the first female to win the Young Lions Legends Cars division at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capturing the title in 2017. This is her first season in the ARCA Menards West Series.

Trotter pulled away from teammate Gio Scelzi to win by 0.821 seconds Saturday. Teammate Jesse Love, who is the series points leader, finished third.

She took the lead on Lap 54 with a three-wide pass.

“I kind of got a little lucky there,” Trotter said. “The two front cars were battling side by side. I took it three-wide, a little sketchy at first, but I made it stick.”

She went on to lead 95 of the 150 laps.

Trotter also competes for Rev Racing as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. She won her first Late Model race at Hickory (North Carolina) Motor Speedway on Sept. 13. The win made her the fourth female to win a Late Model Series race at the historic 0.363-mile track, which opened in 1951.

A replay of Saturday’s ARCA Menards West race will air at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday (Sept. 30) on NBCSN.

Sunday Cup race at Las Vegas: Start time, TV channel

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The second round of the Cup playoffs begins with the Sunday Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 1.5-mile track kicks off the Round of 12. Winning the race and stage points are a premium for playoff drivers before the races at Talladega and the Charlotte Roval.

Kevin Harvick, who won at Bristol, starts from the pole.

Here is all the info for the Sunday Cup race at Las Vegas:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given by Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis at 7:07 p.m. The green flag waves at 7:17 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at Noon. Drivers report to their cars at 6:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 7 p.m. by Motor Racing Outreach Chaplain, Billy Mauldin. The national anthem will be performed by Sierra Black at 7:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Coverage begins at 6 p.m with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 6:30 p.m. Race coverage begins at 7 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 6 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 96 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Kevin Harvick beat Kyle Busch to win at Bristol and claim his ninth win of the season.

LAST POINTS RACE AT LAS VEGAS: Joey Logano beat Matt DiBenedetto and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in February.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the lineup.

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