NASCAR daily fantasy hangover: How we fared in Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Running one race a year and holding just four races prior to Saturday night, it was hard to pinpoint five drivers for daily fantasy at Kentucky Speedway. It may have been an arduous task, but our lineup finished near the top in multiple tournaments.

Kyle Busch was a large part of that with his second win of the year. He also led 163 laps and turned in 55 fastest laps to rack up a whopping 124.5 fantasy points for his owners. Don’t say I didn’t tell you to start him on Saturday night.

Outside of Busch, we had two other drivers that compiled over 50 fantasy points and another that hit the century mark. Before looking ahead at New Hampshire, let’s look through the pictures and figure out what went right and what went wrong in the Monday DFS hangover.

Image courtesy of @DraftKings.

Image courtesy of @DraftKings.

 

What Worked

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Image courtesy of @ToyotaRacing.

Busch was the big dog on Saturday, but Brad Keselowski wasn’t too shabby either. With over 100 less laps led, Kes still ended up going for over 100 points thanks to falling behind to tally 41 points with his pass differential.

His 82 fastest laps led all drivers at Kentucky, but falling short of the win hurt his place differential. Even still, the Blue Deuce was a massive coo for the Chicken Bone Alley team and was a bargain at just over $12,100. He wasn’t quite as big a bargain as Busch ($10,800), but picking either Team Penske driver was a strong choice at Kentucky.

Busch’s teammates were all inside the top five, including Matt Kenseth. The No. 20 car wound up fifth with five fastest laps on Saturday to pass the 50-point mark. He wasn’t quit on the same planet as Kes or Busch, but Kenseth continued putting up solid numbers in DFS.

At such a low asking price, Aric Almirola helped fill out the lineup perfectly. His 37 points and 12th-place finish were enough to amass nearly 320 points with the aforementioned trio alone. Some lower priced drivers such as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put up more points, Almirola was not far off at Kentucky.

 

What Didn’t…

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Image courtesy of Twitter.

He didn’t wreck, but A.J. Allmendinger also didn’t perform up to the standard we were hoping for on Saturday either. Stenhouse, at $200 less than Allmendinger, raked in over 30 more fantasy points.

That was our difference between sixth and second in the NASCAR Throttle tourney on DraftKings.

But even with an underwhelming performance at Kentucky, Allmendinger still has some strong races coming. We might wait it out for Indianapolis or Watkins Glen before starting him again, but he’ll still be a quality choice at a bargain the rest of the year.

 

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