Daily Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations: Quaker State 400 at Kentucky
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After an action packed race last week under the lights at Daytona the drivers of the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series head to Kentucky Speedway for another Saturday night showdown. There have been a lot of rumors swirling around the track this past week and the one that tops the list has to be the fact that Matt Kenseth has come out and said he will not be racing for Joe Gibbs Racing next year. Erik Jones seems to be the odds on favorite to take the wheel of the #88 car next year but, just like anything else, we will have to wait and see how all of this plays out.
I am not going to bore you with yet another rant about how Nascar should come up with another solution to get cars through inspection as I did a month or so ago. What I will tell you is that one of the fastest cars in both practices leading up to qualifying didn’t have a chance to take the track because of not passing inspection. Of course I am talking about the series point leader in Kyle Larson (10,000). Now I am not saying that the driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet will win the race but he certainly has a chance to gain a lot of points starting from the 40th position.
It will take 267 laps to take the checkered flag here at Kentucky which means that we have a few candidates that could be in for a lot of laps led before this one is through. As we go through the season the pricing is getting tougher here at Draftkings which means that if we want a few higher priced drivers we will have to take a chance on some of the lower priced drivers. That strategy works extremely well on tracks like Daytona as we saw last week but this week will be a little tougher. Without any further ado, let’s get down to the business.
Kyle Busch (10,200) has won the pole for the 7th Annual Quaker State 400 here at Kentucky Speedway. It would appear that the driver of the #18 Snickers Toyota has figured out this track pretty swiftly as he has won this race twice in the first six races run here so far. He has also led 437 laps over that same time period while winning one of those races from the same exact spot he will start tonight’s race in. Busch is third in the point standings but still seeks his first win of the season, which he could easily get here tonight.
As you can tell by his salary, Brad Keselowski ($10,100) is another driver that does very well here. Through the six races run at this track the driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford has taken home the checkered flag in half of them. He also has led the most laps in those races with 483 of them and starting from the 10th position will surely give him an opportunity to take the lead. Keselowski has 11 top 10 finishes to his credit this season which isn’t bad when you consider he got caught in four crashes along the way. Look for him to be in the mix coming down the stretch.
As mentioned above Matt Kenseth ($9,100) has indicated that he will not be back with the Joe Gibbs Racing team next season. Not that the driver of the #20 Circle K Toyota has anything to prove or anything but this could be a decent spot to take him this weekend. Admittedly Kenseth has had a rough go of it so far this season as he has only managed six top 10 finishes in the first 17 races. If the playoffs were to start now he would barely make it as his points are good enough for 11th place but five other drivers below him have won races. Kenseth has won a race here at Kentucky Speedway and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all of them. He will start in the second row and be scored from the third position.
Martin Truex Jr ($10,400) also comes at a hefty price but will have a chance to lead some laps as he starts on the outside pole. He was the second fastest in both practices so starting second seems to be fitting here.
Moving down the salary grid a bit we find that Denny Hamlin ($9,200) may have a chance to do some damage here provided he can keep away from crashing into other cars. The driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota has started the last five races here from the 10th position or better. Furthermore, if we don’t count the two races he crashed in we find that Hamlin has had finishes of 11th, 3rd, 3rd and 15th as we head into the seventh race here in Kentucky. Look for him to do well again today as he will start from the fifth position when the green flag drops Saturday night.
One has to take a look at Ryan Blaney ($8,700) as his speeds so far this weekend have been above average and will start in the sixth position when the green flag drops tonight. The driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center Ford has posted the fourth fastest laps in both practices with the only downfall being his 35th place finish last year in his first start here in Kentucky.
Now that we have taken a look at some of the higher priced drivers for this week’s race it’s time to find those lower priced drivers that will help your roster climb up to the top. Ty Dillon ($6,700) seems to be one of the safer picks in this price range as he has finished higher than his starting position in his last eight starts this season. The driver of the GEICO Chevrolet has not won a race in the first 36 races of his young career but this is the first year that he has been racing on the circuit full time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying he will win the race but what I am saying is that he has been showing signs of progress and will more than likely grab you some cheap points tonight. He will start from the 27th position on tonight’s grid.
Paul Menard ($6,800) is like the aforementioned Dillon as he too seems to finish a lot better than where he starts the race as evidence by turning the trick six times in his last eight starts this season. Although the driver of the #27 Sylvania/Menards Chevrolet seems to be on a roll with a third and 11th place finish over the last two weeks, one must consider where those races were run. His 11th place finish came on the road course at Sonoma while his third place finish came last week at Daytona. Menard and Dillon should be mirror images of each other tonight as both will more than likely not cost you any points. Menard will start 24th in tonight’s race.
Looking over the bottom of the barrel selections we find that both Landon Cassill ($5,500) and Michael McDowell ($5,900) have started a combined five races over the past three years here at Kentucky. The problem is that neither of them has finished a race because of a myriad of problems ranging from brake problems to electrical problems. The one thing that does stand out a bit is the fact that Jeffrey Earnhardt ($4,700) did manage to finish 28th last year in his only start here in Kentucky. He is the cheapest driver on the board and will start in the 36th position tonight.
That will put a wrap on this week’s look at the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series. Be sure to check in here at Fanvice.com during the week as the boys have you covered for all of your Daily Fantasy Sports needs. As always, follow me on twitter and good luck in your contests today.