The field is set for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race today at Kansas Motor Speedway, with Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric on the front row. Let’s jump into the top NASCAR DFS picks on DraftKings for the Kansas Lottery 300 today. Below you’ll find some of my NASCAR DFS tips for building optimal lineups
Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity NASCAR DFS Picks for DraftKings
Daniel Hemric, 1st ($9,500 DraftKings) Cash, GPP (Dominator)
This selection is made on the bet that Hemric will not win this race, as he currently ranks fifth in outright odds at BetMGM (+650). However, at $9,500 on DraftKings, DFS players don’t need a victory to ensure that Hemric was worth rostering. Starting on the pole, Hemric should lead at least 10% of this race today while grabbing some fastest laps as he’ll have clean air aiding his effort. For the season, Hemric has led laps in five of the eight Xfinity Series starts at intermediate tracks. Now he has the benefit of being on the pole and starting alongside Cindric, who has led nearly 100 laps less than Hemric in these same eight races. Speaking of that, Hemric leads all drivers in Saturday’s field in total laps led this season (292).
Furthermore, in previous starts for Richard Childress and Junior Motorsports, Hemric has managed to finish second here twice — both playoff races like today’s event. For the season, in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs, Hemric has top-five results at Homestead, Las Vegas, Texas 1, Las Vegas 2 and last weekend at Texas.
Ty Gibbs, 10th ($11,200 DraftKings) Cash, GPP (Dominator)
For the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has 10 victories in the Xfinity Series. Somehow, all 10 of these wins have come from the No. 54 car spread across four different drivers. The driver with three of those victories, Ty Gibbs, steps back into this vehicle on the cusp of also wrapping up the 2021 ARCA-Menards Series Title at Kansas just by merely starting. Considering that half of these 10 wins have come at intermediate tracks or a similar venue like Nashville, it’s no stretch to believe that Gibbs makes it the 11th win for this car on its way to the owner’s championship. As per outright odds, Gibbs is currently tied with Cindric at the top (+350).
Bayley Currey, 22nd ($6,500) Cash, GPP
After exceeding expectations last weekend at Texas (17th), Currey makes another start for Johnny Davis, this time a little further up the starting grid. However, his salary on DraftKings still isn’t prohibitive enough to rule him out. Starting 22nd still gives Currey some place differential for a driver who could push his way into the top 15 by the end of the event. Furthermore, in this salary range, he’s far safer than Patrick Emerling or Gray Gaulding, while offering more place differential, at a cheaper salary, than Ryan Sieg, Tommy Joe Martins or Jeremy Clements at a lower price-point, with a near similar ceiling.
Joe Graf Jr., 30th ($4,700 DraftKings) Cash, GPP
One of the slates’ mispriced salaries belongs to Graf and becomes the most viable option, at the lower end of the salary spectrum, for cash or tournaments. Considering Graf drives the No. 7 for Bobby Dotter, DFS players are getting a lower mid-tier car, at a start and park salary. In Graf’s seven starts, at intermediate tracks, for Dotter, he only has one DNF — a wreck at Las Vegas 2. The underwhelming news though is that in these seven starts, Graf has cracked the top 20 just once. Thus, Graf’s ceiling is not high but rostering Graf is more about his floor and this salary, of course.
For those that play Graf, the hope is he replicates his results from Texas last Saturday — he picks up a few spots. If he can manage to finish in the top 20, as he did at the first Las Vegas race, then he’ll be a fantastic play in tournaments.
Jade Buford, 35th ($7,300 DraftKings) Cash, GPP
Due to his wreck, near the halfway point of last Saturday’s race, Buford finds himself starting in unfamiliar territory — just his fifth start in the 30s all season. For the season, at intermediate tracks, Buford has top-20 finishes in half of his starts, including 17th at Charlotte and 16th at the first Texas race — two of the better corollaries to Kansas.
Landon Cassill, 38th ($8,100 DraftKings) Fade Candidate in Tournaments
Following an electrical issue that started affecting the No. 4 car halfway through last Saturday’s race, Cassill had to retire early for the fourth time in his past six races. This is a disturbing trend for a driver and car that had just one mechanical failure through the 24 races of the season. However, since an ignition issue forced Cassill out early at Richmond, he has faced an electrical issue at Bristol, an engine failure at Talladega and finally another electrical issue in last week’s race.
Starting two positions short of dead last, Cassill figures to be popular as one of the true, viable sources of place differential — especially in cash games. Should this car cooperate, Cassill will inevitably end his day in the high teens and become a great source of place differential points, which makes him almost a block play in head-to-head or double-up games. However, in tournaments, considering how these mechanical failures have started to accrue of late, fading Cassill will give DFS players leverage against the field.
The Rick Ware Entry No. 17, 39th
Carson Ware, originally scheduled to drive this vehicle is in a bit of legal trouble. Following this kerfuffle, Ware has been suspended by NASCAR, meaning someone else is driving this vehicle on Saturday. As of writing this article, it hasn’t officially been announced yet who is driving this car, but if it’s announced early enough that DraftKings adds them to the player pool, this will probably be a driver DFS players will want in both cash and tournaments. The No. 17 is generally one of the better mid-tier entries, only has one mechanical failure all season, and with a competent driver should be a 20th-place car — based on year-to-date results.
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