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. Tony Stewart ($8,800) – At $8,800 Smoke is right on the edge of value at the Glen. This has been a rough year for Tony, but he can turn it all around at a track where he has 5 wins (the most among active drivers). In 8 races at Watkins Glen Tony has led 145 laps, produced 106 fastest laps, and has an average finish of 7.5. With a Hendrick engine, Smoke has the equipment and the experience to take down the Glen and find himself a spot in the Chase. If you want a week to play Tony, this is your best shot.
2. Sam Hornish Jr. ($7,800) – We constantly harp on drivers having tracks that are the favorites, for Hornish the Glen is high on his list. Hornish Jr. has an average finish of 21. 8 and an average place differential of +3. In 2012 Hornish started in 17th and finished in the 5th spot, a place differential of +12. A lot of his value will be determined by his qualifying position, but 20th and back should put Hornish on your radar.
3. Denny Hamlin ($7,600) – Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated Watkins Glen with 6 wins at the track (Kyle Busch 2 and Tony Stewart 4). Hamlin comes into the Glen with JGR equipment and top tier driving ability. The reason he sets up so low is because of his last 4 appearances at the Glen. He produced negative place differential at a track where place differential is the chalk. The promising thing is that Hamlin is 10th in driver average at the Glen among active driver over the course of his career. Hamlin at 7,600 looks like a steal so I will have to have some exposure.
4. Kyle Larson ($7,500) – At one Watkins Glen race, Larson was extremely impressive. He did exactly what a value driver is supposed to and produced huge place differential points. Larson started in the 23rd spot and finished in 4th. Larson is a mini Kyle Busch and will eventually break through for a win, this is a track that sets up well for his aggressive style of driving.
5. Chris Buescher ($5,600) – Who? Buescher is the points leader in the Xfinity Series. He will drive the Front Row Motorsports #34 this week and has a lot of experience at road courses. He won at the Mid-Ohio road course last year in the Xfinity Series and worked his way from last to the top 10 (until a mechanical issue) at the Glen in last year’s Xfinity race. If you are looking for a deep punt to fill your lineup with higher priced guys, Buescher sets up great!