DFS Picks for the 2022 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

| March 3, 2022 10:46 am PDT

Auto Club brought us some wild results. Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski had issues, relegating them to finishes outside the top 20. Ryan Blaney had a top-five car, but he slipped back to 16th. Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch came from nowhere to score top 10 finishes.

It wasn’t an ideal path, but we walked with a decent week in DFS. This week, we should see a little less chaos at Las Vegas.

Let’s check out my favorite DFS lineup for the 2022 Pennzoil 400.

Ryan Blaney ($10,500)

Ryan Blaney should’ve paid off last week, but his team lost countless spots on pit road. Ultimately, that led to his downfall, as he finished outside the top 15. Hopefully, he’ll put that behind him for Las Vegas.

Blaney has yet to win at the track, but his numbers speak for themselves.

  • 11 starts
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 8 top 10 finishes
  • 31 laps led
  • 8.8 average finish

He was in position to win the first Las Vegas race of 2020, but a late caution erased his lead. Blaney pitted and lost the lead. He couldn’t recover, finishing a disappointing 11th. Last season, he finished fifth in both races.

Blaney has shown race-winning speed in both races this season. It wouldn’t surprise me if he made it three-for-three with a top-five run.

William Byron ($9,800) 

Tyler Reddick had the car to beat at Auto Club, but William Byron was a close second. Byron led 16 laps in the middle portion but dropped back after a slow pit stop. Then, Byron made contact with Reddick, ending his race prematurely.

Byron has crashed out of both races in 2022. It’s time we see him finish off a great performance. Las Vegas represents a great opportunity.

Last year, Byron showed speed in both Las Vegas races. He led 25 laps in the first race before finishing eighth. Byron had one of the fastest cars in the playoff race but had to overcome pit strategy.

He worked his way back to the top-five before a flat tire left him with an 18th-place finish. Hopefully, Byron can avoid those issues to score a great finish.

Brad Keselowski ($8,400)

It’s tough to measure someone like Brad Keselowski’s history because he is on a new team. However, I believe his Las Vegas success will carry over to his new team. He was a non-factor in his first four starts at the track, but check out his numbers since.

  • 13 starts
  • 3 wins
  • 8 top-five finishes
  • 12 top 10 finishes
  • 312 laps led
  • 4.5 average finish

The best thing about those numbers is leading laps. Keselowski had led 17+ laps six times at Las Vegas. That includes leading 27 laps en route to a runner-up finish in this race last year.

A crash took him out of contention at Auto Club. Will Keselowski bounce back with a solid performance at Las Vegas?

Austin Dillon ($8,000)

I had Austin Dillon in my DFS lineup last week, but it didn’t look like he would pay off. In the end, Dillon came out of nowhere and nearly won the race. He scored a second-place finish, which is great for DFS.

Can Dillon replicate his success at Las Vegas? Let’s check out his last five finishes.

  • 2019: 12th
  • 2020: 4th
  • 2020: 32nd
  • 2021: 12th
  • 2021: 13th

It’s nothing special, but he has a solid floor. I wouldn’t worry about the 32nd-place finish, considering he finished top 10 in both stages in that race. He didn’t have a race-winning car last week but put himself in position for a great finish.

He could do that again this week at Las Vegas. I know DFS players would love another top-five finish.

Austin Cindric ($7,700)

We typically see rookies struggle in the NASCAR Cup Series, but Austin Cindric is off to a surprisingly good start. He won the Daytona 500, and had a solid 12th-place finish at Auto Club. It’s only two races, but Cindric has impressed many people.

Cindric has eight starts at Las Vegas in the Xfinity Series. Check out his numbers in his last four starts.

  Finishing Position Laps Led (of 200)
2020 2nd 39
2020 6th 10
2021 4th 43
2021 4th 33

Truthfully, that’s not the biggest reason I like Cindric at Las Vegas. Team Penske has been unreal at the track. Since 2016, only one of their cars has finished outside the top 15. That’s a big reason I have Joey Logano among my top picks for Las Vegas.

Obviously, those races don’t include Cindric, but he is running well enough to keep up that success. A top 10 finish would be great for your DFS lineup.

Michael McDowell ($5,300)

We haven’t seen much of Michael McDowell this season. He scored a solid eighth-place finish at Daytona, but an electrical issue relegated him to a 31st-place finish at Auto Club. McDowell’s strengths are superspeedways, but he has been solid at Las Vegas.

He has led laps in four Las Vegas races, including nine in the first race of 2021. In his last three Las Vegas races, McDowell has finished 21st, 17th, and 21st, respectively.

We’re not talking about a winning car, but McDowell gives you top 15 upside. That’s great value for a driver of his price.

McDowell doesn’t typically qualify near the front, so his place differential could come in handy for DFS. A top 20 finish could go a long way for DFS players.

My DFS Lineup for the 2022 Pennzoil 400

  • Ryan Blaney ($10,500)
  • William Byron ($9,800)
  • Brad Keselowski ($8,400)
  • Austin Dillon ($8,000)
  • Austin Cindric ($7,700)
  • Michael McDowell ($5,300)

I think this DFS lineup brings a lot to the table. Ryan Blaney and William Byron should lead laps and compete for the win. If nothing else, I’m expecting a top-five finish. Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, and Austin Cindric have top 10 upside.

This DFS lineup should set you up for success at Las Vegas, but if DFS isn’t your thing, head over to the top NASCAR betting sites to bet on the race winner.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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