Time to wave the green flag, rev your engines and hit the gas because NASCAR is officially here at DraftKings. The high-speed excitement of NASCAR translates perfectly to daily fantasy sports, where you’ll now be able to compete against players in weekly battles of NASCAR knowledge. How can you get started? Well that’s why we’re here with the DraftKings Daily Fantasy NASCAR Strategy Guide! This is your how-to-play guide to all things NASCAR – including scoring, roster rules and tips on how to build the best NASCAR lineups.
NASCAR CONTESTS: OPENING WEEKEND (5/24)
There are a ton of awesome NASCAR contests available for the inaugural weekend at DraftKings and at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are three tournaments that pay out at least $10,000 to first place!
NASCAR RULES AND SCORING
Check out full NASCAR details at the DraftKings NASCAR Home Page
- Each roster will consist of 5 drivers
- Salary Cap is the standard $50,000 at DraftKings
- Average salary available per driver is $10,000 ($50000 divided by 5 drivers)
The Player Pool will consist of all drivers expected to participate in the upcoming race. Any missing drivers will not be added to the pool once DraftKings starts offering contests for that day. Driver salaries will also not change once DraftKings starts offering contests for that day.
1 – Place Differential = (Starting Position) – (Finishing Position)
Example: If a driver starts in 20th position and finishes in 10th place then his Place Differential is +10.
2 – A driver’s starting position is based solely on his qualifying position. If a driver’s starting position changes between qualifying and the start of the race for any reason (backup car, driver change, etc.), the qualifying position will be used to calculate place differential.
3 – Pass Differential = (Total number of passes) – (Times passed)
-Drivers can only pass or be passed when they are on track during green flag laps. Drivers’ number of passes and number of times passed will not increase when drivers are in the pits or in the garage.
4 – Points for Finishing Position and Place Differential will be updated in real-time during the race. Drivers will gain points as they move up in position and lose points as they drop in position.
DAILY FANTASY NASCAR STRATEGY TIPS
1) Starting Position Matters
The starting position for each racer, or the Pole, matters a lot in daily fantasy NASCAR contests. One of the major scoring categories is “Place Differential” which basically means your starting position minus your finishing position. So if you start in 5th and finish in 1st, you earn 4 fantasy points. This has the most upside for racers who may be starting in the back of the pack for one reason or another. Often times racers have issues with their cars in qualifying and might be forced to start in the back of the race, despite being a heavy favorite to win that race. If you see a situation like that, getting that racer in your lineups can be a key daily fantasy NASCAR strategy!
2) Use Race Track History
There are a lot of similarities between NASCAR and PGA daily fantasy contests, and the track history is one of them. Drivers may have a small sample of races at a given track, but you can still find valuable information within that. For example, check out this chart of racer success from driveraverages.com:
From this you can see that Kevin Harvick has been dominating at that specific track, winning 2 of the last 4 races there while leading 19.75% of laps overall. Both of those stats directly impact Harvick’s fantasy total, and could help you earn a big payday.
3) Look for Hot Streaks
You can use the DraftKings player cards to find out which drivers are red-hot and which are ice cold. Click on any racer’s name to find out how they’ve performed of late:
Looking at the card above, you can see Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had three consecutive really impressive races. He’s tallied 61, 62 and 51 fantasy points in his last three. That has also included two top-10 finishes and a 14th placed finish. Looking at the game log, you can also see the importance of finishing higher than where you started at the beginning of the race. In each of the past three races, Earnhardt Jr. finished higher than where he started. In the final race shown on the card above (Food City 500) he finished behind where he started despite having more “fastest laps” than any of the other races where he put up a big score.