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. Kasey Kahne ($8,000) – Kahne has found the top 15 at Chicagoland the last 7 races. Depending on how he qualifies he could make for a great positive place differential play. HMS has been trying to get their youngest driver rolling in a positive direction this season, but it has been to no avail. Kahne has also found himself in the top 5 in 2009 and 2012.
2. Clint Bowyer ($7,900) – Bowyer is in the dance and desperately wants to keep dancing. If you are looking at statistics you would see Bowyer’s 39th place finish last year and turn away, however that was due to a crash. Check the stats for the previous 5 years before the wreck and you will see top 10 finishes. He needs a good performance to stay in the Chase and that is what he should get this week.
3. Ryan Newman ($7,700) – Newman has been on point most of the year and a great value play. During his tenure at Stewart-Haas he frequented the top 10, he ended up 15th last year. During the 2011 race Newman led 18 laps. Newman may not lead any laps, but after a rough race at Richmond he will be trying to find the top 10 this week.
4. Paul Menard ($7,300) – Personal feelings about sponsorship aside, Menard makes for a great value play this week. His value will come from place differential. Menard has an average finish of 23rd at this track, but usually has negative place differential. If he qualifies 20th or above insert Menard into your lineup as we should see him ramp up his aggressiveness this week.
5. Aric Almirola ($7,000) – Almirola is on fiyahhhhh. Aric pulled down a top 5 at Richmond last week. Aric has a top 15 at Chicagoland in 2013. Last year he set himself up for victory lane, until his engine gave out on him. Aric didn’t make the Chase, but will be racing for pride and pride is sometimes a scary thing in NASCAR.