The Coca-Cola 600 wasn’t our best showing, mostly due to one mishap. Jimmie Johnson’s spin and subsequent annihilation of his No. 48 machine at Charlotte sent last week’s DraftKings lineup into a tailspin.
So should owners stick with Johnson this Sunday in Dover? Taking a quick peak at his statistics at the track tells owners all they need to know. Before locking in your lineup for the FedEx 400, here’s a look at one optimal lineup for Dover—starting with Six-Time himself.
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports ($13,000)
I’m not going to lie, after last weekend’s up-and-down performance at Charlotte had me wanting to never put Six-Time in the lineup again. But let’s give him one more chance this weekend at Dover—you know, the track he’s won at a record nine times.
He’s looking to join an exclusive list this weekend with his 10th win and is totally worth the asking price as a No. 1 driver. Tack on the fact that he has a chance to earn some extra points with pass and position differential after qualifying 14th and JJ is looking like a lock across all lineups this Sunday.
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing ($10,300)
His return at Charlotte went swimmingly, but can Kyle Busch keep up the great results? We think he can, which is why he’s our No. 2 driver on the DraftKings lineup for Dover.
Busch was in an accident last spring that derailed his chances of winning after leading 81 laps. He also had engine troubles in 2012 that caused him to finish 29th. Aside from those disastrous starts, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has an average finish of 5.4 with one win, four top fives and eight top fives in his last 10 races.
Oh, then there’s that whole thing about JGR destroying the rest of the competition recently. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards swept the races in Charlotte, so Busch seems likely to continue that streak. If JJ doesn’t pull out the victory, Busch is our pick to either win or join him in the top five this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing ($10,200)
By this point, we’ve divulged all we can on this pick. Not only is Martin Truex Jr. a fantastic pick for Dover, but he’s a must-own driver. Don’t worry, the full explanation is there.
Between his astounding 226 laps led over the last two races and average finish of 6.5 at the Monster Mile last year, Truex is in line for another great week. If he’s not driving into Victory Lane by the end of the race, Truex should still add to his three straight races with 78 or more fantasy points.
Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing ($8,400)
He’s not a sexy pick. He’s likely not going to pull out a shocking win. But at a fourth slot, nabbing a driver that has averaged over 37 points in his last four points races doesn’t seem like a bad choice.
Still coming in at a reasonably low $8,400, Menard should out-drive his value for owners at the Monster Mile. After all, he came away with a top-10 finish at Dover last spring and will be looking to do the same this year. Only this time, there’s daily fantasy points on the line.
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing ($8,000)
Don’t look at Danica Patrick’s average finish at Dover, just remember all of the success she’s had at short tracks this season. At Martinsville and Bristol, Patrick pulled out a seventh and ninth place finish after starting 16th and 26th, respectively.
In order to take a driver like Johnson or Harvick, owners will need to dig deep to find value at the fifth spot. Starting 33rd on Sunday, Patrick will also earn decent points through place and pass differential if she keeps a clean car. With Patrick finishing well at short tracks this season, she is a solid final option for lineups.
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