Fantasy NASCAR Cheat Sheet: DraftKings Picks for Monster Energy All-Star Race
Each week, we’ll have an early-week cheat sheet for the NASCAR DFS contests at DraftKings. This week, we look at the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR DFS CONTESTS
TOP 5 FAVORITES TO WIN
1. Kevin Harvick
A million-dollar cash prize is on the line at Charlotte. It’s hard to imagine Kevin Harvick is amped up to win his sixth race of the season, but one million dollars will bring out his ‘A’ game. Harvick is the best driver in NASCAR and daily fantasy NASCAR. He’s led 820 laps this season. Kyle Busch is a distant second with 498 laps led.
2. Kyle Busch
Speaking of — last year, Kyle Busch won the All-Star race. Yet he’s never won an official race at Charlotte. This race would be meaningless to Busch, but again, the one million dollars will motivate anyone. Busch has the second fastest car in NASCAR, but that might not matter this weekend. NASCAR is implementing a restrictor plate and a downforce package that will even the field. One thing NASCAR cannot equalize is pit road. Busch has the fastest pit crew in NASCAR, and that could be his only edge this weekend.
3. Martin Truex, Jr.
In the past, Martin Truex Jr. has been one of the best night racers at intermediate tracks. He won the Kansas night race last year, as well as the 2016 Charlotte night race. Last week, Truex was one lap away from winning the Kansas night race. Is Truex good at night, or does his team know how to set up the car at night? If it’s the latter, then Truex might as well be just another driver.
4. Kyle Larson
The #42 car was the fastest on the track in last week’s Kansas night race. It was likely because his team cheated by caving in the rear window. Guess what? If you win and get busted cheating, you still get to keep the million dollars. With all of the cars equalized, a little bit of cheating will go a long way.
5. The Driver Starting Last
No one knows how the cars will react to the experimental rules package this weekend. This could be similar to a restrictor plate race at Daytona. The fast lap points and laps led points could spread evenly throughout the field. On top of that, there aren’t many laps this week. The drivers who score the most points will likely score the most place differential points, so pick drivers that start in the back of the field.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Kasey Kahne – If the cars are even and Charlotte races like a plate race, then the advantage goes to Kasey Kahne. He was one of the most consistent plate racers last year.
2. Austin Dillon – He has two cup wins: one at Charlotte and one at Daytona. The All-Star race could be a hybrid of those two.
3. Kurt Busch – The race is sponsored by Monster Energy, and Kurt Busch is sponsored by Monster Energy. Remember the first-ever Monster Energy Cup race at Daytona? Kurt won that race.
Kevin Harvick – The last time a driver had five wins in the first 12 races was Jeff Gordon in 1997.
Martin Truex, Jr. – He’s earned a top 5 in two straight races and he has seven this season.
Joey Logano – His third-place finish at Kansas was his 10th top 10 finish in 12 races.
Kyle Busch (2017)
Joey Logano (2016)
Denny Hamlin (2015)
Jamie McMurray (2014)
Jimmie Johnson (2013)
PICK TO WIN
Kevin Harvick – He’s won everything else this year. Why not give him the $1 million, too?
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