Qualifying is over. All of the practice laps have been run. This is it. Let’s make some picks.
Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day.
High Price Salary
Kevin Harvick ($11,100) – With qualifying cancelled Harvick finds himself starting on the pole. With two wins at Chicagoland, Happy will be motivated to start the Chase off right. He has led 363 laps and has an average finish of ninth. He will cost you, but he is a must play this week.
Brad Keselowski ($10,400) – Kes sets up nice as well with weather giving him a qualifying boost. Starting in the 3rd spot Keselowski has a great shot to work his way up to the front of the pack. Brad also has two wins here and has led 144 laps. You want even more confidence in BK, check out his 4 top 10s in 6 races at the Chicagoland track.
Kyle Busch ($10,600) – Starting in the 7th spot, Kyle will have to do some work to make his way to the front of the field. However, this is Kyle Busch we are talking about. Rowdy has had a great season after his mishap at Daytona. Look for Kyle to try and start the Chase off in victory lane. He will try to add to his 1 win at Chicagoland this week.
Mid Price Salary
Jeff Gordon ($8,400) – Jeff snuck his way into the Chase by points, but the future retiree will be looking to win a championship during his last year in a car. The Rainbow Warrior qualifies in the 10th spot and has had a lot of success at Chicago. Jeff has a win and 9 top 10s, he seems set up well to have a nice performance this week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,300) – Junior looks like he may shape up as a great place differential play this week. He qualified in the 19th spot and has 5 top 10s at this track. Junior also has a win and would like to start the Chase off better than last year. Look for him to work his way into the top 10 this week.
Kasey Kahne ($8,000) – Might as well keep the Hendrick train rolling. Kahne didn’t make the Chase and should be a little angry about that. Kahne has had limited success at Chicagoland, but he practiced well and qualified in the 8th spot. He should maintain his spot in the top 10 this week.
Low Price Salary
Ryan Newman ($7,700) – Newman has found his way into the Chase and will be looking to replicate his success in 2014. Newman has a win at Chicagoland and has an average finish of 14th. He qualified in the 6th spot, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for place differential points, but he could maintain a top 10. Use the rocket man for some salary relief.
Tony Stewart ($7,700) – I know, you are saying, Tony Stewart. Lets look at the facts though, Stewart has excelled at Chicagoland and starts 23rd. That gives us a shot at positive place differential and the ability for him to add to his 3 wins. Tony has led 434 laps at this track and will be looking to take down a win this week.
Danica Patrick ($6,700) – If you are looking for a track Danica has done well at consistently look no further than Chicagoland. She has an average finish of 21st and will roll off in the 25th spot today. I am going to have to play her for salary relief purposes alone.
Long Shot Value Driver
Reed Sorenson ($5,200) – Who? All of you NASCAR purist know Reed and know that he starts in the 42nd position. He has an average finish in the top 25, I say take a shot with Sorenson today.