The High Line – NASCAR Cup Series – Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter – World Wide Technology Raceway – June 5, 2022

Overview

For the first time ever, the Cup Series will take on World Wide Technology Raceway, or Gateway as it’s commonly called. Gateway is a 1.25-mile asphalt oval with very little banking. The drivers will turn 200 laps for 300 miles as this is a new track to many drivers with 11 competitors hitting this track for their first race ever. The common opinion on this track is that track position is going to be crucial as it will be difficult to pass here, specifically amongst the strong cars. There’s a ton of grip here so I expect some of the more aggressive drivers to push the envelope. A couple of drivers have compared this track to a bigger Martinsville.

Most comparable tracks: Martinsville

*Note: all pricing is DraftKings focused

Top Drivers

Austin Cindric ($6,800), Starting 2nd

Cindric showed good practiced times and a great qualifying position on the front row. Like I said before, this is a track where it’ll be tough to pass at. In tournaments, if looking for a potential early-race dominator, Cindric could be worth some exposure at $6,800.

William Byron ($9,800), Starting 24th

The driver of the 24 car starting 24th will have heavy ownership in this race, especially after his performance earlier this season at like-track Martinsville. Wild Bill started off the season strong but has been relatively quiet since that Martinsville win in April. This could be a race that gets him back on track.

Tyler Reddick ($9,400), Starting 4th

Reddick is one of the drivers that is on record saying that this track has a lot of grip and he’s one of the more aggressive drivers in the field. The former XFINITY Series champion is a dominator-contender starting in the fourth position and could contend for a win when all is said and done. Very much a boom or bust play, however as his aggresive nature could sometimes get the best of him.

Chase Elliott ($10,200), Starting 16th and Kyle Larson ($11,300), Starting 15th

This is somewhat of a toss-up with two of the four Hendrick drivers starting in somewhat no-mans land. As is the case with any race, either of these guys could take over and win this race in dominant fashion. I’ll have exposure to both but I’ll have more ownership of the cheaper Elliott.

Also Consider:

Alex Bowman ($8,700), Starting 25h

Ricky Stenhouse ($7,700), Starting 27th

Brad Keselowski ($7,100), Starting 30th

A.J. Allmendinger ($6,200), Starting 35th

Zane Smith ($5,400), Starting 32nd

GOOD LUCK!!

Rob Geriak