Fantasy NASCAR: Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Recap

Jul 11, 2015; Sparta, KY, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) and Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) battle for the lead during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy NASCAR Picks on DraftKings: Quaker State 400 Recap

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The DraftKings system is unique and emphasizes both in-race performance as well as finishing position. In the DraftKings system it is paramount to target drivers that start further back in the field yet can compete as a top-performing car. This was evident yet again at Kentucky last weekend as 9 of the Top 12 fantasy scorers started 9th or worse.

Let’s take a look at the drivers did fantasy-wise in the 2015 Quaker State 400 in the DraftKings scoring system.

 

Jul 11, 2015; Sparta, KY, USA; Spectators look on from the infield during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Notable Race Entrants in order of DraftKings Point Total:

    1. 124.5 FP #18 Kyle Busch, M&M’s Crispy Toyota for $10,800
    2. 75 FP #2 Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Ford for $12,100
    3. 68 FP #19 Carl Edwards, COMCAST MINIONS Toyota for $10,400
    4. 63.5 FP #22 Joey Logano, Shell Pennzoil/Auto-Trader Ford for $11,400
    5. 57.25 FP #20 Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota for $11,300
    6. 56.25 FP #11 Denny Hamlin, FedEx Office Toyota for $10,100
    7. 50.25 FP #4 Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy John’s  Chevrolet for $13,900
    8. 47 FP #41 Kurt Busch, Haas Automation Chevrolet for $12,200
    9. 44.75 FP #6 Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Ford Fusion for $8,600
    10. 42.75 FP #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion for $7,600 FP
    11. 41 FP #16 Greg Biffle, Ortho Ford Fusion for $8,900
    12. 38.25 FP #55 David Ragan, Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for $8,100
    13. 37 FP #24 Jeff Gordon, AARP MEMBER ADVANTAGES Chevrolet for $11,600
    14. 37 FP #43 Aric Almirola, Smithfield Ford for $7,900
    15. 36 FP #48 Jimmie Johnson, LOWE’S PRO SERVICES Chevrolet for $13,100
    16. 35 FP #15 Clint Bowyer, Hughes General Contractors Toyota for $8,600
    17. 27.25 FP #31 Ryan Newman, Caterpillar Chevrolet for $9,300
    18. 26.5 FP #1 Jamie McMurray, CESSNA Chevrolet for $9,500
    19. 24.25 FP #27 Paul Menard, Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet for $8,800
    20. 24 FP #51 Justin Allgaier, Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet for $7,300
    21. 22.75 FP #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Nationwide Chevrolet for $11,500
    22. 22.5 FP #13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet SS for $7,50024
    23. 18.5 FP #9 Sam Hornish Jr., Advanced Auto Speed Perks Ford for $7,800
    24. 17.75 FP #40 Landon Cassill, CRC Brakleen Chevrolet for $7,300
    25. 15.25 FP #78 Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Chevrolet for $13,000
    26. 13.5 FP #7 Alex Bowman, Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet for $7,100
    27. 11 FP #5 Kasey Kahne, LiftMaster Chevrolet for $10,500
    28. 11 FP #47 AJ Allmendinger, Kroger/Scott Products Chevrolet for $7,800
    29. 10.5 FP #34 Brett Moffitt, Dockside Logistics for $6,900
    30. 8.25 FP #23 J.J. Yeley, TraqGear-Coolshirt Toyota for $7,200
    31. 8 FP  #46 Michael Annett, Pilot Flying J Chevrolet for $7,000
    32. 0.25 FP #3 Austin Dillon, Dow – Styrofoam Chevrolet for $8,500
    33. -1.25 FP  #35 Cole Whitt, Kentucky Fried Chicken Ford for $7,100
    34. -3.5 FP #83 Matt DiBenedetto, Anest Iwata Toyota for $7,300
    35. -4.75 FP#10 Danica Patrick, GoDaddy Chevrolet for $7,700
    36. -8 FP #14 Tony Stewart, Rush Trucking Chevrolet for $9,000
    37. -9.5 FP #26 Jeb Burton, Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota for $7,000
    38. -31.75 FP #42 Kyle Larson, Target Chevrolet for $9,800                                                                                                                                                                 

     

    Jul 11, 2015; Sparta, KY, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

    My Fantasy Picks & Results

    As is has been all year, if you used a combination of my primary and secondary picks to draft your roster you would have won in a vast majority of DraftKings 50/50 leagues and placed in a lot of large tournaments. Here are how my selections performed:

    Top Picks

    High #1 – Kevin Harvick #4 Chevrolet for $13,900 (Qualed 15th): Finished 8th, +7 Place Diff., +27 Pass Diff., 1 Fastest Laps: 50.25 FP (7th)

    Med-High #1 – Kyle Busch, #18 Toyota for $10,800 (Qualed 9th): Finished 1st, +8 Place Diff., +9 Pass Diff., 163 Laps Led, 55 Fastest Laps: 124.5 FP (1st)

    Med-Low #1 – Greg Biffle, #16 Ford for $8,900 (Qualed 27th): Finished 16th, +11 Place Diff., +8 Pass Diff., 4 Fastest Laps (Qualed 36th): 41 FP (11th)

    Low #1 – Justin Allgaier, #51 Chevrolet for $7,300 (Qualed 32nd): Finished 24th, +8 Place Diff., -16 Pass Diff.: 24 FP (20th)

    SEE MORE FANSIDED NASCAR COVERAGE: 5 Things Learned from the Quaker State 400

    Honorable Mention Picks

    High #2 – Kurt Busch, #41 Chevrolet for $12,200 (Qualed 13th): Finished 10th, +3 Place Diff., +32 Pass Diff., 4 Fastest Laps: 47 FP (8th)

    Med-High #2: Kasey Kahne, #5 Chevrolet for $10,500 (Qualed 19th): Finished 27th, -8 Place Diff., +8 Pass Diff.: 11 FP (27th)

    Med-Low #2: Sam Hornish Jr.,#9 Ford for $7,800 (Qualed 18th):Finished 22nd, -4 Place Diff., +2 Pass Diff.: 18.5 FP (23rd)

     

    Jul 10, 2015; Sparta, KY, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (42) during practice for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

    STAY AWAY Picks

    High Stay Away – Joey Logano, #22 Ford for $11,400 (Qualed 4th): Finished 2nd, +2 Pass Diff., +11 Pass Diff., 23 Laps Lead, 22 Fastest Laps: 63.5 FP

    Med-High Stay Away – Kyle Larson,#42 Chevrolet for $9,800 (Qualed 1st): Finished 34th, -34 Place Diff., -28 Pass Diff., 1 Lap Led: -31.75 FP

    Med-Low Stay Away – Austin Dillon, #3 Chevrolet for $8,500 (Qualified 11th): Finished 25th, -14 Place Diff., -11 Pass Diff.: 0.5 FP

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