NASCAR daily fantasy hangover: How we fared in FedEx 400 at Dover

Image courtesy of @JimmieJohnson.

The Monster Mile giveth, and the Monster Mile taketh away. On Sunday, Dover did just that to our DraftKings lineup when a late wreck derailed any chance of a nearly perfect afternoon in NASCAR daily fantasy.

Kyle Busch’s accident on Lap 374 sent him from third place to the garage. Busch’s 36th-place finish was the only result outside of the top 10 as both Aric Almirola and Paul Menard joined Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson in the top 10.

Here’s a look at the full results from the FedEx 400 on DraftKings.


What Worked

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Hate to say I told you so, but I kinda did. With Johnson’s win and Truex’s 131 laps led, both lived up to their lofty prices this weekend. Before Sunday’s race, picking up both Johnson and Truex as your No. 1 and 2 drivers seemed like a brilliant idea.

Both finished with over 94 points on Sunday in Dover. The only other driver to join them in that category was Kevin Harvick, who came in at the highest price. Truex’s price is sure to skyrocket this week on DraftKings, so his status might have to move to a low-end No. 1 moving forward.

Along with the top two drivers succeeding, Almirola and Menard also shocked even us by tallying over 50 points apiece. Both have been consistent drivers recently, which is why they were in the lineup, but they helped make up for the blow of losing Busch near the end of the race.

Had it not been for that accident, this lineup would have finished with over 370 points.


What Didn’t…

Speaking of that debacle to end the FedEx 400, Busch’s spin was the downfall of this week’s lineup.

After spending $10,300 for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver—$100 more than Truex—the No. 18 machine looked destined for a top-five finish, multiple laps led and a few fastest laps recorded. That all came crashing down when he hooked up with Brian Scott—a lapped car—and slammed into the wall.

He subsequently finished with -7.25 fantasy points despite a brilliant day. Even after the crippling finish, our lineup still narrowly missed out on 300 fantasy points on the afternoon. With Pocono coming up this Sunday, the predictions will be even more difficult as more contenders could fall victim to the Tricky Triangle.

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