NASCAR’s elite returns to Sin City this weekend for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to cap off a momentous week for the speedway. Earlier this week, it was announced that Las Vegas would be granted a second race next season.
Brad Keselowski headlined a Team Penske 1-2 finish here last year and they should be considered the favorites once again. Stewart-Haas, especially Kevin Harvick, should also be quick. Harvick will start relatively deep in the field which will allow great potential for place differential.
The Ford‘s as a whole are firing on all cylinders to start the season and that could easily continue this weekend. Look for Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing to be fast on race day.
Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott stood out at times during practice. Busch ended practice strong and Elliott’s DraftKings value is becoming high, but he has shown speed this weekend and could be in play for his first career victory on Sunday.
Until Kyle Larson wins a race this year, he’ll likely be a solid choice for a value pick. He’s impressed so far this season and at $8,800 could present solid value. Ryan Blaney recorded the fastest ten-lap average during final practice and could be a serious contender. I look for Blaney to have a shot at his first career MENCS victory today.
Ones to Watch:
Austin Dillon is an interesting choice. He’ll start 22nd and has the potential of earning a solid place differential score. Daniel Suárez is intriguing at the $7,200 price point. He likely won’t maximize his place differential, but he could be still worth a flier as you finalize your roster.
Again, the Ford’s should be fast. Keselowski, Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney could be the class of the field. Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott should have the speed to contend, as well.
Disclaimer: Remember, these are just my opinions as far as who I think will perform well and you should still do your own research before setting your team. At the end of the day, you’re responsible for your own team and remember: anything can happen in racing.
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