Average drivers (between $7,500 and $9,000)
Kurt Busch ($8,600) – Has had three successively better spring Talladega finishes the last three seasons, so he’s been staying out of The Big One consistently. Could cost you dearly if he wrecks out early since he’s starting second, but that also means he’s among teammates.
Aric Almirola ($8,100) – You might recall this guy almost won the Daytona 500 until he was unceremoniously shoved aside by Austin Dillon. Starting 40th, he has tremendous upside for points from gaining positions. We’re really intrigued.
Austin Dillon ($8,000) – Wrecked here last year, but if you believe in riding the hot restrictor plate hand a la Stenhouse in 2017, Dillon has to be a consideration. The qualifying speeds of the Chevys were worrisome, though.
Alex Bowman ($7,600) – Is driving a car known for its superspeedway prowess, and he finished in the top 16 a few years ago in a much worse car. One of the cheaper options in this group as well if you go big from the top group.