The Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs kicks off this weekend as you set your NASCAR DFS lineups for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The drivers roll the dice as they tackle this 1.5-mile asphalt track with progressive banked turns. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted NASCAR Cup Series races since 1998 when Mark Martin went to victory lane. Jimmie Johnson has the record for most wins at Vegas with four. The driver who is currently active with the most wins at Vegas: Brad Keselowski with three trips to victory lane.
This week’s NASCAR DFS slate provides some difficult decisions for managers. Which Chevrolets do you play at Vegas? Can the Toyotas continue to be the strongest manufacture on 1.5-mile tracks? Are the Ford’s worth their salaries or should you stay away all?
South Point 400 NASCAR DFS Picks
NASCAR DFS Drivers to Pay Up For
Denny Hamlin (#11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing)
The top salary of the DFS slate is Denny Hamlin. This makes complete sense since Hamlin is one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR right now on the 1.5-mile tracks. In the last five races on intermediate tracks, Hamlin has three top five finishes and a top ten in each race. The driver of the #11 Toyota all has the best average finish during these races of 5.6. At Vegas, Hamlin has 21 starts with one trip to victory lane and a top 10 in almost half of the starts. In the last four races at Vegas, Hamlin has led 336 laps. Denny Hamlin is a driver you should pay up for this weekend in the South Point 400.
Kyle Larson (#5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports)
The first Chevrolet driver you should pay up for is Kyle Larson. Although he was eliminated from the playoffs last week, Larson still has a lot to race for. In his 12 starts at Vegas, Larson has one win, five top fives, and nine top 10s. The driver of the #5 Chevrolet has an average finish of 9.2 and has led 227 laps in the last three races at LVMS. In the last five intermediate tracks races in 2022, Larson has a win, three top tens, and an average finish of 10.4. He may not be in the playoffs anymore, but Kyle Larson is a driver you should pay up for at Vegas.
KYLE LARSON@KyleLarsonRacin grabs the #Pennzoil400 win! 🏁#NASCAR | @TeamHendrick pic.twitter.com/0hknkkMGao
— Las Vegas Motor Speedway (@LVMotorSpeedway) March 7, 2021
NASCAR DFS Drivers to Consider
Joey Logano (#22 Ford, Team Penske)
Joey Logano is a driver you should consider for your South Point 400 NASCAR DFS lineup. Logano has two wins, six top fives, and 11 top 10s in his 18 starts at Vegas. He’s also has an incredible 8.9 average finish in those 18 starts at Las Vegas. In 2022, Logano has two top fives and two top 10s in the last five races on intermediate tracks. Joey Logano is still alive in the playoffs and is a driver you should consider.
Erik Jones (#43 Chevrolet, Petty GMS Racing)
Another Chevrolet driver to consider at Las Vegas is Erik Jones. The driver of the #43 Chevrolet has ten starts at Vegas with three top 10s in those starts. In the last five intermediate track starts in 2022, Jones has a win and three top 10s. He also has an incredible average finish in those five races of 12.6. He won recently at Darlington and Erik Jones should be a driver you consider for your DFS lineups this weekend.
Michael McDowell (#34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports)
This may be a surprise but a driver you should consider this weekend is Michael McDowell. He doesn’t have the best stats at Las Vegas, but still worth a consideration. In 17 starts, the driver of the #34 Ford has never recorded at top 10. However, McDowell has had his best season of his career this year. In the last five intermediate track races of 2022, McDowell has one top five, two top 10s and the 3rd best average finish in the Cup Series. Michael McDowell is a driver you should consider this weekend in the South Point 400.
The last time @Luberfiner was on the @LovesTravelStop Ford of @Mc_Driver, it was to a top-15 finish in Nashville pic.twitter.com/v55FjDaK1a
— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) October 13, 2022
NASCAR DFS Driver to Stay Away From
Ty Dillon (#42 Chevrolet, Petty GMS Racing)
A driver to stay away from this weekend is Ty Dillon. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dillon has eight starts and only one top 10. In his last two starts at Vegas, the driver of the #42 Chevrolet hasn’t finished better than 20th. In 2022 on the intermediate tracks, Ty Dillon has zero top 10s and an average finish of 21.4. Not good! Ty Dillon is a driver you should stay away from when setting your NASCAR DFS lineups for Vegas.