Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. These are the drivers in the lowest tier of salaries that have the opportunity to score 30 to 40 DFS points. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
1. Paul Menard (8,700) – Menard won at the Brickyard in 2011 (his only Sprint Cup win). This is his home track and one of his favorites. Menard has been one of the most consistent place differential plays over the last couple of weeks. He finished in the top 15 four out of the last five races at Indianapolis. If he qualifies in his average 25th position and has a clean race he will easily make for a +10 place differential scorer.
2. Aric Almirola (7,800) -The RPM driver is trying to sneak his way into the chase and presently sits in 15th in the standings. Almirola hardly ever contends for the win, but he has been a top 15 machine in 2015 (10 top 15s). Although he doesn’t have a lot of experience at Indy and only has one top 20 in his 3 outings, his ability to score place and pass differential points are the play. Look for Almirola to produce 30-40 points and great value at 7,800.
3. Clint Bowyer (8,500) – Bowyer has been very successful at Indianapolis. He has two top 5s and two top 10s at the track in 9 starts. With an average start of 19th at the Brickyard and an average finish of 13th, his place differential and finishing numbers look very promising. He has also led 6 laps, which isn’t great, but shows us he has the ability to get out front.
4. Austin Dillon (8,400) – Dillon has been up and down this season. It seemed like if he qualified high he would end up going backwards. However, over the last 3 races he has produced 2 top 10s. He is driving to prove he belongs in the Sprint Cup (see Denny Hamlin’s statement). His production at Indy has been mediocre, but if we finally get a 20+ qualifying position he will produce great value.
5. A.J. Allmendinger (7,900) – At $7,900 it is hard to pass on a top 20 driver. Its also hard to pass on an Indiana native who lived close to the track. AJ is usually pushed aside as a road course guy, but he has some experience at Indy. AJ has one top 10 at Indy and has an average finish of 18th. He is definitely a guy that can get you 30-40 DK points.