Martin Truex Jr.

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. The ordering is not based on the highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver.

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(fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.)

1. Martin Truex, Jr. ($10,900) – Without a doubt, Truex is one of the best road racers in NASCAR, but he wasn’t the best racer at the Roval last year. When Keselowski and Larson decided to drive straight into the Turn 1 wall, Truex inherited the lead. However, his lead did not last. Jimmie Johnson drove straight into Truex in the final turn. (5.2 fppk)

2. Kyle Busch ($10,700) – In his words, he followed everyone off the cliff at the end of the 2018 Roval race. Busch was running third late in the race before the massive Turn 1 pile up. (5.7 fppk)

3. Kyle Larson ($9,400) – The 2018 Roval race is just another example of a growing list of races Larson should have won. He led the most laps and was positioned to take the lead when Brad Keselowksi ran out of gas, but a caution and restart wreck ruined Larson’s day. (4.1 fppk)

4. Chase Elliott ($9,600) – He’s won the past two races at Watkins Glen. Last year, he ran inside the top 10 throughout most of the Roval race. If he qualifies inside the top five, then he’ll be a favorite to win. (4.3 fppk)

5. Brad Keselowski ($10,000) – An aggressive pit strategy landed Keselowski the lead in Stage 3. He was destined to run out of fuel, but that changed when Ricky Stenhouse brought out his weekly race-altering caution. The restart that followed was one of the most embarrassing displays of “racing” in years. Keselowski drove straight into the wall. (4.4 fppk)


6. Denny Hamlin ($10,400) – He finished third at Watkins Glen and fifth at Sonoma. Last year, Hamlin was a non-factor in the Roval race, but that was because he had to start in the back after a wreck in practice. (4.7 fppk)

7. Clint Bowyer ($8,400) – Early in the 2018 Roval race, Bowyer was mixing it up inside the top 10. In the middle of the race, he faded, but at the end he was back up front. Even the best road racers, and Bowyer is one of them, are subject to large swings in position that result from stage racing at a road course. (3.1 fppk)

8. Kurt Busch ($9,000) – Statistically, Kurt is one of the best road racers in NASCAR. Last year, he won the pole, but could not hold off a faster Kyle Larson. This pass of Busch was the only legitimate pass of the leader the entire weekend. (3.9 fppk)

9. Joey Logano ($9,800) – The Roval is a terrible road course, but for stock cars, it is unbelievably bad. Some backyards aren’t meant for wiffle ball, but the neighborhood kids try to make it work; that’s the Roval. Passing zones do not exist. That’s why the 2018 champion was stuck in 10th to 15th place all race. (4.6 fppk)

10. Kevin Harvick ($10,200) – Once again, Harvick squandered a great car and good starting position. This has been a theme this season. Making matters worse is that the SHR Fords have been a step behind the JGR Toyotas at the road courses. (4.3 fppk)


11. Erik Jones ($8,800) – This is a tough decision. Jones was optimal in both road races this season, but he was terrible at the Roval last year. He wrecked in practice and proceeded to tear up his car in the race. (4.2 fppk)

12. Matt DiBenedetto ($7,600) – Three drivers have been in the optimal fantasy NASCAR lineup in both road races. DiBenedetto’s performances have not been flukey. No one doubts DiBenedetto’s ability. The question is always the car, and he’s had fast cars at the road courses. (4.5 fppk)

13. Jimmie Johnson ($7,900) – The results do not show it, but the Roval 2018 race was one of Johnson’s best races in the past two years. Johnson qualified sixth and had the second best average running position. He gambled on the last turn trying to take the lead and wrecked. (3.3 fppk)

14. Ryan Blaney ($9,200) – This year, Blaney has been in nine optimal fantasy NASCAR lineups. That is tied for the most. Blaney was optimal in both road course races this season. (4.2 fppk)

15. Alex Bowman ($8,100) – Three of four Hendrick cars started the Roval inside of the top 10, and they held their positions for most of the race. It’s impossible to pass at the Roval, so starting position is huge. Bowman has proven he can qualify near the front at the Roval. (4.4 fppk)


16. Ryan Newman ($8,300) – Can a winless driver consistently finish inside the top 10 every week and advance to the championship in NASCAR’s goofy playoff format? We’ll see, but until then, just go ahead and mark Newman down for another top 10 this weekend. (5.0 fppk)

17. Aric Almirola ($7,700) – His first race at the Roval was a minor disaster, but it wasn’t necessarily his fault. William Byron blew a tire just as Almriola was passing him, and this sent Amirola into the wall. When Almirola pitted under green, he earned a penalty. (3.5 fppk)

18. Daniel Suarez ($7,300) – Like many NASCAR drivers, Suarez honed his racing skills on road courses in go karts. He further developed those road racing skills in the Mexican stock car series. Suarez has earned two top-five finishes at Watkins Glen. (4.3 fppk)

19. William Byron ($8,600) – It’s hard to tell if Byron is a good road racer. He blew a tire last year at the Roval. His team chose to stage race and forfeit finishing position points at Sonoma. Perhaps his best road racing moment came when Byron attempted to intimidate Kyle Busch and ended up destroying his own car. (4.4 fppk)

20. Chris Buescher ($7,400) – He’s Ryan Newman Jr., and he’s going to be Ryan Newman’s teammate next year. Buescher finished 13th at Watkins Glen and 16th at Sonoma. Buescher started up front last year and faded because he destroyed his race car, but he still was able to salvage a 17th-place finish. (4.5 fppk)


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