On to Atlanta. The Speedweeks are over and it’s finally time for the NASCAR season to move on with the first intermediate track on the schedule.
DraftKings owners now have to narrow down five drivers for a chance to win huge sums of money. Leading up to the second race of the year in Atlanta, here’s a look at a handful of drivers to lock into lineups for Sunday.
Kyle Busch ($10,100)
Sunday’s race has already been an eventful one before the green flag ever waved thanks to Kyle Busch. The defending Sprint Cup champion claimed the pole on Friday, but was stripped of the first position due to a post-race inspection — dropping him to 39th in the field.
So why is Busch a must-own and not his brother Kurt Busch? Because the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will have place differential on his side.
I don’t like posting support emails, but I did get it confirmed from @DraftKings that Kyle Busch will start 39th. The frenzy is over.
— Stevietpfl (@stevietpfl) February 27, 2016
After posting the fastest lap on Friday, there’s no reason to expect Busch won’t have speed to get to the top. Holding two wins in ATL and three top 10s in his last five races at the track, expect a huge total from Kyle Busch for DFS owners.
Martin Truex Jr. ($9,100)
Call me crazy, but Martin Truex Jr. starting from the top 10 seems like a bargain at $9,100. The man who came just .01 seconds away from winning the Daytona 500 heads into Atlanta looking for redemption.
“You’d rather get beaten by a few feet than four inches, yeah,” Truex said, shaking his head and smiling in resignation.
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) February 21, 2016
Truex holds three top-10 finishes in his last four races in Atlanta — two of which were top fives. Given his seamless transition back to Toyota during Speedweeks, there’s no reason not to believe he can mirror his success on Sunday.
Coming in at 10th on the overall price sheet, look for Truex to have another 40-plus point outing if he keeps a clean car in Atlanta.
Ty Dillon ($5,600)
He wasn’t even supposed to be in this race, but Ty Dillon should be tabbed in every starting lineup this weekend after taking over for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 machine.
— Ty Dillon (@tydillon) February 27, 2016
Qualifying 18th gives Dillon room to move up on the leaderboard and collect points for DFS owners. At just $5,600 on the salary sheet, he’s also a great low-end driver to own to balance out drivers like Kyle Busch and Truex.
While he might not have the experience of a driver like Stewart, Dillon will still have a strong showing. Driving with the best equipment he’s had to date and carrying two top-five results in three Xfinity races in Atlanta, Dillon is ready to shine.