NASCAR heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600. Sunday night’s race is the longest and one of the most prestigious on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ schedule.
FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway a few weeks ago, and it will continue on throughout the 2018 season.
–First place wins a chrome visor signed by NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Truex (worn in four-five races this season)
–Second place prize is a set of hero cards from Ryan Truex and Kaulig Racing.
FanDuel has put more of an emphasis on finishing position than other DFS sites. For this reason, FanDuel allows you to look at the entire field instead of just dominators and big movers.
Also, with only 0.1 points awarded for each lap led by a driver, the need for a dominator is less important when building a winning lineup. This 400-lap race will only have a total of 40 points up for grabs in this category. Take note when building your roster and focus on mid-pack drivers who can climb up toward the front on race day.
Here are a three drivers that are primed for a big night at Charlotte.
Kevin Harvick ($13,500)
Starting Position: 39th
Harvick failed pre-qualifying inspection three times, and as a result, he will start at the back of the pack when the green flag flies Sunday night. With 0.5 points awarded for position differential, he could accumulate an extra 14.5 points with a top-10 finish.
Harvick is looking to capture his third straight win this weekend. He has done that once already earlier this season. His five series wins is the most by an individual driver so far in 2018.
It will be tough for Harvick to be as dominant as we are used to seeing him through 12 races with him starting at the back, but 400 laps is enough for him to find his way up front at some point.
Kyle Busch ($11,700)
Starting Position: First/Pole
The current series points leader will start on the pole for Sunday night’s race. Whenever Busch starts on the front row, he becomes the automatic favorite to win.
He started second, led 63 laps, and finished second in this race in 2017, which was his third career runner-up finish at the track. He has also finished inside the top five in eight additional races through his 28 starts.
Charlotte is the only track left on the schedule where Busch has yet to win a points race.
Aric Almirola ($9,000)
Starting Position: Ninth
Almirola is the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver starting inside the top 10. 2018 has been his breakout season so far, and he has been one of the most consistent drivers on track. Almirola has also been one of the best cars on track in multiple races this season but is yet to put together a winning day.
His salary of $9,000 allows room to pair him with another top-tier driver.
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