NASCAR DFS: O’Reilly Auto Parts 253by Dale Money February 20, 2021 0 comments
The Cup Series stays in Daytona for another week. This following last Sunday’s season debut, which saw Front Row driver Michael McDowell collect his first-ever Daytona 500 win. However, instead of racing on the traditional 2.5-mile Superspeedway, they will be running on the Daytona Road Course. Although this particular road course has been around since 1959, NASCAR would not hold a cup event here until last season.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the driver options for Sunday’s Cup Series event. I have broken down my selections between high salary, mid-range, and value play. Included are player salaries from both FanDuel and DraftKings. Best of luck to everyone with their lineups tomorrow.
Chase Elliott (14,000 FD 10,700 DK)
While it’s true, the Daytona road course is much newer territory for the cup series drivers. Elliot has shown to be one of the most bankable drivers when it comes to this style of racing. A winner of the last four road course events, he would beat out Denny Hamlin by just 0.202 seconds in the inaugural event at Daytona. While it was quite a close finish to be sure, Elliott would lead a commanding 34 of the 65 laps. With Elliot slated to start on the pole for Sunday, he will be a strong target for potential points through laps led and fastest lap. If Elliott can shoot to that early lead, I expect it will be very tough to knock him out of that catbird seat.
Martin Truex Jr. (13,500 FD 11,000 DK)
There might be a handful of drivers who can match up with Elliott on a road course. Truex is one of them. Keep in mind he comes off five top-seven or better road course results. Additionally, his four career road course wins rank him second among cup drivers. After Truex lost out on a potential Clash win due to sliding on loose mud, new rumble strips would be added onto the back chicane in hopes of quelling the problem. Having qualified 19th in the running order, expect Truex to quickly work himself into a top-10 role and steadily chip away at that lead pack. Consider that he ranked first among drivers in road course restarts last year.
Erik Jones (8,000 FD 7,800 DK)
I would consider Jones a bit of an underrated ringer in his own right. Granted, he’s never been much of a lap leader on road courses, having led just two laps in his eleven-cup tries. However, what he has been is a quality finisher. Consider that Jones has cracked the top-eight in four of the last six visits to a road course. In the August race, Jones bypassed nine other drivers en route to finishing 11th. Coming from third last in the starting order this time (he should be able to chew up numerous spots). If Jones is able to work himself into a top-16 role, that would add 20-plus bonus points. Not a half-bad return on your investment, to say the least.
Chris Buescher (6,000 FD 7,200 DK)
Last weekend was a bad scene for many of the Ford drivers, including Buescher. However, now it’s time for him to move forward and focus on a quick rebound opportunity. Keep in mind Buescher had one of his best races of 2020 at this road course. After starting from as far back as 20th position, he quietly carved up 15 other cars in order to finish with a top-five result. Along with having a strong performance here in his debut attempt, Buescher also has a 30th place starting position for Sunday. If you did happen to take the chance on Buescher at Daytona, why not try and let him win you back some of that cash.