NASCAR EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix Picks

Good morning, race fans!  It's time for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at COTA! Road Course racing highlights the skills of some favorites and also allows for some nice edge picks from drivers you don't hear about as much. At the time of this article's publishing, Joey Hand is the only driver headed to the rear to start the race. Follow @DirtyAirFC on Twitter for any starting lineup changes!

Unlike last year's Cup Series Debut at this course, the weather looks fantastic for when the green flag drops at 3:30EST today.  Start your engines!


I'll be playing in Draft Kings this week. If you're new to the NASCAR DFS world, here's a quick summary of how scoring is done:

Look for a mix of drivers that fit the following:

Start upfront and can potentially lead a lot of laps.

Good drivers starting farther back who can pass a lot of cars and finish with a strong differential.

Drivers starting up front I like: 
Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano 

Drivers with a great differential potential and could lead laps:
Austin Cindric, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson

Drivers with great differential points, and possible top finishes:
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr, AJ Allmendinger

Most likely to be chalk plays:
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott


Embrace the Chaos this week.  Go heavy on the pass differential and lighter on laps led as I believe pretty much anyone can lead laps this week.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Winner  Kyle Larson
Best Bet for a solid finish AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric
Dark Horse Differentiators Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain, Michael McDowell
Chalk Plays Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch


My DFS Line-up Today:

DK Chrome Horn 150K  

DFS H2H Picks and props:

If you like to get wild, there are a few props that I think are pretty juicy to throw a few bucks at.

Fanduel:  Harrison Burton top 3 finish +5500, AJ Allmendinger Top 3 position +600

BetMGM: Kyle Larson top Chevy and Denny Hamlin Top Toyota +1400, Martin Truex, Jr. Top Toyota, Joey Logano Top Ford, and William Byron Top Chevrolet +20000

NASCAR Fantasy Live:
The revamped Fantasy Live game run by is a free game to win prizes and test your skills at picking drivers with limited starts. Each driver has 10 allocations, a garage slot you can swap with mid-race, and now the ability to choose drivers in head-to-head matchups for bonus points. Play at

It's a great week to start the strong road course, guys. Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Joey Logano, and Austin Cindric are good plays this week. Here's who I have in my NASCAR Fantasy Live Pool:

Driver Group Game:

I'm starting a mix of drivers I think will finish well in this format. I didn't place Logano in the A-list, but I feel he's a stellar pick this week.  Also, Austin Cindric is a great C-list start.  Here's who I have for the week:

One-and-done Games:

If you are in any one-and-done pools, I'm going with AJ Allmendinger.  Michael McDowell is also a solid play. Joey Logano is a good bet if you're way behind.

If you are interested in playing any of these games, sign up before the green flag drops at 3:30 pm EST at the links below:

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