It’s time for a duel in the desert as the NASCAR Cup Series head to Phoenix Raceway this weekend for its last stop on the West Coast swing.
Check out the drivers you should consider on daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings for Sunday’s (March 12) United Rentals Work United 500, airing at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
There’s a lot of unknowns coming into this race, as NASCAR is debuting a new package for the short tracks and road courses. The package, which includes a 2-inch spoiler, is designed to lower downforce on the Next Gen cars and hopefully create better racing on track. You can read more about the change here.
Since it’s different from last year’s combo, NASCAR gave teams a 50-minute practice session on Friday. Kyle Larson topped the charts in both single-lap and 10-lap average speeds.
Qualifying starts on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
You can use the info from both practice and qualifying to create your DraftKings lineups. Also, look at who’s run well at Phoenix as well as other flat tracks, especially within the last few years. These tracks are New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway. WWTR is a bit longer at 1.25 miles and is shaped more like an egg, but it’s still pretty flat. Since some drivers perform better on this track type, they’ll likely do well this week, even with changes to the car.
Before I share my DraftKings picks for Phoenix, let’s review the fantasy scores from Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
|DraftKings Salary||Driver||DraftKings Score|
|$9,500||Martin Truex Jr.||48.45|
Overall, these picks did fairly well on DraftKings, though both Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin lost some spots on the last restart. Justin Haley scored the most out of these — a very good value for his salary.
The top score in the $10,000 Quarter Jukebox tournament was 399 and had Kyle Larson, race winner William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola and Haley.
Here’s a look at the DraftKings scoring rules:
The winner on the racetrack tallies 45 points, while second place gets 42, third 41 and so on. Tenth place scores 34, while 11th gets 32, and decreasing by one from there through 20th. This pattern repeats for 21st through 30th and 31st through 40th.
Additionally, drivers can earn or lose a point depending on where…
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