I’m not happy about it, but here we are at the Indy Road Course for the not-Brickyard 400. This race is a bit tainted for me, but I’m confident that the race itself will be entertaining despite my salty demeanor. Once the race starts it will be just like any other race, and hopefully as the excitement builds the realization that this isn’t the crown jewel we love will fade away.

We thankfully got practice and qualifying this week so I can actually get a fair look at who has a decent car this week to not only make picks but also make a decent fantasy lineup. Let’s take a look at my favorites this week.

Favorite: Christopher Bell

It looks like Joe Gibbs Racing may have closed the gap on road courses with HMS, and while Larson and Elliott are heavily favored, I think Bell takes the win this year. It will be his second of the year and had he not gotten borderline taken out – some blame is on himself – then it could have been his third.

Bell is incredibly talented and an underrated road course racer. With JGR looking fast in practice I wanna believe that Bell can grab that chip on his shoulder and take the checkered flag from HMS this week.

Dark Horse: Chase Briscoe

Slowly but surely Briscoe is becoming the second best driver on the SHR roster and showing the speed we saw last season. I think SHR as a whole is getting better, but Briscoe has been looking promising as the season gets into the second half.

He won this race last season in Xfinity, and it’s a special place for him and team owner Tony Stewart, both Indiana boys. I believe a top ten is in the cards for sure, and while it’s hard to imagine him being faster than HMS or JGR, we never know what kind of strategy could play out.

Fantasy:

High-End Picks:

  1. Chase Elliott: $11,000
  2. Kyle Larson: $10,800
  3. Christopher Bell: $9,200
  4. Martin Truex Jr.: $10,400
  5. Austin Cindric: $9,400

Mid-Tier Picks:

  1. Ryan Blaney: $8,600
  2. Tyler Reddick: $7,600
  3. Ross Chastain: $7,700
  4. Chase Briscoe: $7,900
  5. Matt DiBenedetto: $7,400

Low-End Picks:

  1. Austin Dillon: $6,300
  2. Daniel Suarez: $6,600
  3. Erik Jones: $6,700
  4. Aric Almirola: $6,900
  5. Corey LaJoie: $5,600

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