It’s All-Star weekend for the NASCAR Cup Series as 1 Million dollars is up grabs at Texas Motor Speedway. This also means you can get some money in your pocket by making Monkey Knife Fight picks.
Kyle Robert and I have combined to give you our picks for a More or Less and Rapid Fire contest on Monkey Knife Fight for this race. They are fun and easy NASCAR DFS contests to play without having to take on DFS professionals with algorithms.
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This will be like no other race we’ve seen as NASCAR recently announced a six-round race format.
Race Format and Procedures
Round 1 will consist of 15 laps. After this round, the field will be inverted starting anywhere from the eighth through 12th positions, to be selected by a random draw.
Round 2 will be 15 more laps with the entire field being inverted after this segment.
For Round 3 we once again we have 15 laps. The field will be inverted starting anywhere from the eighth through 12th positions, to be selected by a random draw after this round.
Round 4 will be the final round of 15 laps.
In Round 5 we step up to 30 laps. The lineup for this round will be determined by cumulative finish from the first four rounds, with the best cumulative finisher starting from the pole.
- Any ties in the aggregate score will be broken by (in order): Most career All-Star wins, most career Cup Series points race wins or 2021 Cup Series driver standings.
- All cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop during this round. The crew with the fastest stop will pocket $100,000.
Lastly in Round 6 there are 10 laps. Cars will line up according to their finishing position from the previous round for the final segment.
Laps led and running position early on will be changing rapidly and constantly over the first couple of rounds. This, along with Monkey Knife Fight’s NASCAR scoring system where finishing position reigns supreme and laps led account for just .1 points makes picking winners almost a one in a million (ha ha ha, get it?, ha ha) proposition. Sorry, just had to include at least 1 bad joke.
That said, here are our favorite Monkey Knife Fight plays for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race. With all contest on Monkey Knife Fight you must make 2 or more selections based upon the game.
More or Less
BRIAN: Kevin Harvick OVER 17.5 Fantasy Points
Last year seems so long ago for Kevin Harvick who was dominating the circuit with 9 checkered flags, & 20 (out of 36 races) top-5’s.
His 2021 season will likely go down as his worst since 2012 while winless thus far and having just 4 finishes inside the top 5. Regardless of the limited accolades of late, old Kevin is still consistently inside the top 10 (11 of 16 races), showing he’s still a threat.
He’s almost a sure thing to T-10 here at Texas as he’s done so in 12 of 13 trips. In fact, expand to the last 30 trips here and he has hit the mark 22 times. Oh and if that isn’t enough to bolster his resume, Mr. Harvick has finished 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in the last three All-Star races.
Harvicks’s championship days may be over, but this old dog knows all the tricks already and will put them on full display Sunday.
KYLE: Ryan Blaney UNDER 16.5 Fantasy Points
I don’t love fading Ryan Blaney this week as I typically find myself in his corner but banking on 17 or more points from Blaney feels like a bridge too far.
For Blaney to go over he has to finish in the Top 4 positions, which is not out of the question given his history at this track. Blaney has finished 5th or better in three of his last six starts at this track which in theory would be a reason to go over.
However his recent form leaves a lot to be desired. Since his win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Blaney has finished inside the Top-10 just three times, finishing no better than 8th in those ten races.
KYLE: Kyle Busch +1.5 vs Denny Hamlin
I’m not sure what I am missing here but Kyle Busch getting points seems like a misstep on Monkey Knife Fight’s part. Busch starting 2nd should give him a strong opportunity to lead laps early. While the inversion could make things interesting, getting the boost could be enough to get him over the top.
As Brian mentioned, finishing position is critical for racking up fantasy points. Busch has two wins in his last 6 trips to Texas Motor Speedway including the last time NASCAR ran here. He also has been in the Top-10 in five of his last six races at the track.
Hamlin has not seen the same success at this track. Despite his win, Hamlin has struggled a bit more finishing 20th or worse in four of six trips. While the All-Star race will be a bit different than a normal race
BRIAN: Kyle Larson -2.5 Fantasy points vs. Martin Truex Jr.
What in the Cale Yarborough is happening right now?! Kyle Larson is on an absolute tear right now. He’s won 2 consecutive races having swept every single stage in the process, while also being runner-up during the previous 3 races.
The hottest driver in ‘21 is also quite possibly the best All-Star racer in the sport next to the aforementioned Kevin Harvick. Larson won the Open and Main Event in 2019, finished 7th in 2018, & 2nd in 2017.
Martin Truex Jr. on the other hand hasn’t fared as well in the exhibitions. He’s riding 2 straight 10th place finishes and hasn’t topped that since 2015. Expect Kyle Larson, who is starting on the pole (let’s rack up those .1 laps led baby!) to place multiple spots better than Party Marty.
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