WATCH: NASCAR Price Check — Advance Auto Clash


Fantasy driver rankings for Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver.

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

RANKDRIVERSALARY
1Brad Keselowski$9,400
2 Joey Logano$9,200
3Kyle Busch$7,800
4Denny Hamlin $8,300
5Aric Almirola$8,900

1. Brad Keselowski ($9,400) – In the 2018 Clash, Keselowski raced from last to first, then played the role of pied piper and led a passive single file line of cars to the checkered flag. In the 2017 Clash, he aggressively tried to take the lead, and he wrecked on the last lap. (4.0 FPPK)

2. Joey Logano ($9,200)T.J. Majors (#22 car spotter) and Logano are the best plate racing duo in NASCAR. It also helps that Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, is the best plate racer in NASCAR, and their cars are fast, too. Logano followed his teammate to the checkered flag and earned a second place finish in last year’s Clash. (4.5 FPPK)

3. Kyle Busch ($7,800) – In the 2017 Clash, Busch lost the drafting connection with his teammates twice, and twice he worked his way back to the front and joined his teammates. Busch doesn’t care about wrecking cars or a lackluster payday; he just wants to win. (5.3 FPPK)

4. Denny Hamlin ($8,300) – He led 48 laps in the 2017 Clash, but he was wrecked by Brad Keselowski on the last lap. Apparently, Keselowski didn’t get the memo that it was an exhibition race and destroying a million dollar vehicle was not a preferred outcome. (3.9 FPPK)

5. Aric Almirola ($8,900) – The 2018 Daytona 500 slipped out of reach as Austin Dillon dumped Almirola on the last turn. At Talladega, lady luck was on Almirola’s side. The leader, Kurt Busch, ran out of fuel and Almirola cruised to victory while cars wrecked behind him. (4.8 FPPK)


RANKDRIVERSALARY
6Ryan Blaney$8,000
7 Clint Bowyer$8,700
8Kurt Busch $7,300
9Kevin Harvick$9,600
10Kyle Larson $6,000

6. Ryan Blaney ($8,000) – Teamwork plays a large role in plate racing at Daytona and Talladega. The Stewart-Haas cars dominated the Talladega races last season, but in the 2018 Clash, Team Penske finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th. (3.8 FPPK)

7. Clint Bowyer ($8,700) – Four months ago, the Stewart-Haas Racing Fords formed a four-car draft at Talladega and separated from the field for nearly the entire race. This season the Ford body switched from a Focus to a Mustang, so their days of dominance may be done. (4.5 FPPK)

8. Kurt Busch ($7,300) – His plate racing stock dropped significantly. Last year, Kurt paraded around with the SHR cars up front at the plate tracks. SHR put on a clinic in the Talladega races. Kurt’s on his own now. He’ll have to rely on skill and grit, or care less because it’s an exhibition race that does not pay well. (4.5 FPPK)

9. Kevin Harvick ($9,600) – What best describes Harvick’s driving style in the Daytona exhibition race? Is he disinterested or cagey? He dropped to the back of the field last year anticipating a wreck. The wreck happened, but Harvick was too far back to benefit. (5.9 FPPK)

10. Kyle Larson ($6,000) – Plate races are not his cup of tea, but that says more of his excellence at intermediate tracks than his deficiencies at plate tracks. He’s just as good as anyone at plate tracks, but he needs better luck, and in the luck department, he’s lacking. (4.4 FPPK)



RANKDRIVERSALARY
11Martin Truex, Jr. $7,000
12Austin Dillon $5,400
13Chase Elliott $8,500
14Jamie McMurray $5,600
15Jimmie Johnson $6,300

11. Martin Truex, Jr. ($7,000) – In seven Clash races, he’s finished outside of the top 10 five times. This year is different because Truex will be bolstered by three JGR teammates in the Clash. (4.7 FPPK)

12. Austin Dillon ($5,400) – The No. 3 car started up front and finished up front in last season’s exhibition opener. However, Dillon was not in the optimal lineup because of his nonpreferred DFS starting position. (4.0 FPPK)

13. Chase Elliott ($8,500) – The plate tracks have not been kind to Chase Elliott. In 12 official plate races, Elliott has just two top-10 finishes. He finished outside of the top 30 in three of the four plate races last season. (4.0 FPPK)

14. Jamie McMurray ($5,600) – He was unable to finish the 2018 Clash due to damage. It wasn’t of his own doing, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a one-off race for Jamie Mac. In today’s poor economic climate, it’s hard to imagine McMurray taking a chance with an expensive race car. (3.3 FPPK)

15. Jimmie Johnson ($6,300) – Father time is undefeated. As much as Johnson wants to prove the haters wrong, it’s not happening. The haters have been right every week for the last two years. By the way, Johnson is the worst plate racer in NASCAR. (3.7 FPPK)


RANKDRIVER SALARY
16Ryan Newman$5,300
17Paul Menard $5,800
18Erik Jones $6,500
19Alex Bowman $6,800
20Daniel Suarez $7,500

16. Ryan Newman ($5,300) – The lone Roush representative will likely focus on bringing his car back in one piece. Last year, Newman backed away from the draft and turned laps. In almost all of his Clash races, he wrecks or is the last car on the lead lap. (3.9 FPPK)

17. Paul Menard ($5,800) – Is Menard a part of the Penske Alliance? When the Wood Brothers car was piloted by the developing Penske driver, Ryan Blaney, there was clearly a racing alliance. Now, it seems merely technical, if that. Will Menard join a Penske train at Daytona? (3.5 FPPK)

18. Erik Jones ($6,500) – He does not have enough experience to be known as an expert plate racer, but he won the Daytona summer race. His victory was less of skill and more of survival, but at a plate track, survival is a skill. (3.8 FPPK)

19. Alex Bowman ($6,800) – The 88 cars is always fast at the plate tracks. Bowman finished third in the 2017 Clash. The only downside to Bowman is that this is a team race, and one of his teammates, Jimmie Johnson, is a terrible plate racer. (3.6 FPPK)

20. Daniel Suarez ($7,500) – If he couldn’t get it done at JGR, then why would it work at SHR? Suarez will Join the SHR plate track powerhouse, but that may not matter. The JGR cars led most of the 2017 Clash, but in the end, Suarez earned a pedestrian eighth place finish. (3.5 FPPK)


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