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NASCAR DraftKings Fantasy Driver Rankings: Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol DFS Picks

Pearce Dietrich gives his picks and ranks his top drivers for Monday’s Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt NASCAR slate, which locks at 12:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

The rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on the highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver.

After a weather delay this weekend, the DraftKings Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt slate locks at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday.

Set your DraftKings fantasy NASCAR lineups here: NTS $150K Saturday Night Dirt Feature [$50K to 1st] (Trucks)

1. Kyle Larson ($11,500) - Some Cup drivers are only trying to get reps. Larson is racing to win. He practically ran a dirt race every other day last season. It wasn’t for exercise; it was for trophies. Larson lost two El Dora races, and that still bothers him. He doesn’t want to add another dirt race loss to the list.

2. Stewart Friesen ($10,500) - Kyle Larson gets a lot of attention, but Friesen may be one of the best dirt racers in NASCAR. Friesen has over 300 wins in dirt modified races. He also has an El Dora win in the Truck Series.

3. Chase Briscoe ($11,000) - This is a star studded race. The field is cluttered with Cup drivers and past champions. Briscoe has one El Dora win, but nearly won all three of his El Dora races. At 13 years old, he became the youngest driver to win a 410 sprint car race, beating Jeff Gordon’s record.

4. Sheldon Creed ($10,000) - In the last Truck Series dirt race, Creed finished 2nd. In four ARCA series dirt races, Creed finished 2nd twice, 4th, and 10th. Before racing stock cars, Creed participated in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and Stadium Super Trucks. He’s pretty familiar with dirt.

5. Grant Enfinger ($8,200) - In three Eldora Truck races, Enfinger’s worst finish is 4th. Those results are not surprising, if you consider that he has three dirt track wins in the ARCA series.

6. Bubba Wallace ($9,700) - He’s a past El Dora winner and he held off Kyle Larson to win that race. That race was seven years ago, but it’s got to mean something. Bubba may not be the best dirt racer in the field, but he’s not racing to win. He’s racing to get experience for the Cup race. That means Bubba will race smart and try to run as many laps as possible. That’s a recipe for a top 10 finish.

7. Matt Crafton ($8,600) - Before his win at Kansas last season, Crafton’s last win was the 2017 El Dora dirt race. In that race, he beat Friesen, Briscoe, and Christopher Bell. No one gets lucky at El Dora. Crafton put a lot of effort into practicing dirt racing on the side to prepare for that race.

8. Brett Moffitt ($8,400) - Back in 2006, Moffitt won the Golden Driller in Junior II flat karts at the Tulsa shootout. That sounds like an accomplishment, but don’t hold me to it. In 2018, Moffitt finished 5th at El Dora. In his other El Dora race (2019), he was on his way to another top 5 finish, but an overheating issue ruined his race.

9. Hailie Deegan ($5,500) - The competition is fierce this weekend, but Deegan has a stock car dirt win (Las Vegas Dirt Track 2019). That’s more than most of the field. She was the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

10. John H. Nemechek ($8,900) - He did a little bit of dirt racing as a kid, but he has been mainly an asphalt driver as a professional. In his five dirt races in the Truck Series, Nemechek has four top 10 finishes. He’s not a favorite to win, but he should be a very safe play in a KBM truck.

11. Todd Gilliland ($7,200) - In the last Truck Series dirt race, Gilliland finished 5th. Before transitioning to stock car racing, Gilliland won a couple dirt racing championships and 34 quarter midget races.

12. Carson Hocevar ($5,800) - The 18-year-old has 15 USAC championships and 79 quarter midget national race wins. He drove Jordan Anderson’s truck in the 2019 El Dora race and had the 16th best average running position.

13. Jessica Friesen ($5,000) - It’s been a while since a husband and wife have competed in NASCAR, but it wasn’t too long ago that love birds Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse competed for DNFs. Friesen is a pro dirt racer with 17 wins, but that’s about 310 fewer than her husband.

14. Ryan Newman ($9,500) - He’s here for the reps, but he’s also here to have fun. Newman launched his career as a dirt racer and then rekindled the flame later in his career. A carefree and relaxed Newman could be dangerous in this race. He has nothing to lose.

15. Martin Truex Jr ($9,100) - This could go sideways for Truex. He has almost no experience in a truck, but he has a KBM truck. It’s possible that this track rubbers up and races like asphalt. If that’s the case, then a past Cup champion in a KBM truck should be a favorite.

16. Kevin Harvick ($9,300) - On twitter, Harvick joked that he retired from dirt racing - he’s never raced on dirt. The truck race will be his first ever, but he’s a diehard competitor and a professional race car driver. He’ll figure it out. Plenty of inexperienced Truck drivers have figured it out at El Dora, and they weren’t half the driver that Harvick is.

17. Danny Bohn ($4,600) - Before joining NASCAR, Bohn was a regular winner of modified dirt races at North Carolina hometown tracks. He doesn’t have the name brand appeal of the other drivers, but he has dirt experience and decent equipment.

18. Mike Marlar ($6,900) - The dirt ringer is running for Carl Long in the Cup Series and Timmy Hill in the trucks. It’s likely that his Cup car will not have enough power to compete, but the Hill truck might not be outmatched. Marlar has won plenty of big time dirt events, but this would be the biggest.

19. Jake Griffin ($5,700) - In good equipment (Red Horse Racing), Griffin finished 4th at El Dora in 2016. In poor equipment, he finished 26th in 2019. In good equipment, Griffin finished 9th in an ARCA dirt race. He’s not in good equipment this weekend, but it’s not terrible either.

20. Jr Heffner ($6,800) - This is another example of the driver being better than the equipment. Heffner will race for Jordan Anderson at Bristol. His truck isn’t a slug, but it’s not great either. Heffner doesn’t have a gaudy number of wins, but he has 25 years of dirt experience and three Truck Series dirt races under his belt.

Set your DraftKings fantasy NASCAR lineups here: NTS $150K Saturday Night Dirt Feature [$50K to 1st] (Trucks)

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