NASCAR DFS: DuraMAX Drydene 400

NASCAR DFS: DuraMAX Drydene 400

by April 30, 2022 0 comments

Following the craziness at Talladega, we have the Drydene 400 and Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. Looking at track specifications, Dover Motor Speedway is a concrete oval one mile long. NASCAR will compete at Dover for the 104th time. Richard Petty won the inaugural race back in 1969.

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Strategy

Place differential is immediately replaced by selecting drivers with dominator capability in the selection strategy. Due to the size of these smaller tracks, the laps pile up rapidly. The dominator points will increase from 131.6 to 280 on DraftKings. Hendrick Motorsports completed a historic sweep at Dover last year. Alex Bowman led the way for Hendricks, followed by Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and William Byron respectively. Aside from the team sweeping the field, they led for all but 18 laps. Don’t stack up in hopes of some kind of repeat this weekend, but do secure at least one Hendricks driver.

This week, the Money Train delves into the DFS options for Sunday’s Cup Series event in Dover, Delaware. The selections are broken down between high salary, mid-range, and value play. Included are player salaries from both FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK). Best of luck to everyone with lineups this weekend.

High Salary

Martin Truex Jr. (11,500 FD | 9,800 DK)

Following a pair of top 20 runs, Truex was looking to cash in with a big rebound at Talladega. He responded with a solid top five. It was a needed stopgap, and now he needs to continue building on it. Dover is a track where he’s enjoyed a great many successes. In the four races leading up to that 19th place run last year, he had already placed runner-up three times (that was on top of him picking up a win). Due to the favoritism, the Hendricks drivers are getting with both the Fantasy sites and the Sportsbooks, Truex has been forgotten about. That’s why he’s being offered at a relative discount. While Truex did have that hiccup last year, it was most likely a fluke. Take advantage of this mistake and pair him with another potential dominator.

Kyle Larson (14,000 FD  | 11,800 DK)

Following Larson’s win at the Auto Club Speedway, many were looking for him to top his season record of 10 wins. Since that race, he’s racked up three top-five finishes (including a runner-up). Larson may not have won the race last season at Dover, but he did supply the fantasy owners with the points they needed. Larson finished second despite dominating the first 300 laps of the 400-lap race. Before that display of dominance by Larson, he’d already proven himself at the Monster Mile. Larson had won his first race here just two years prior.

Additionally, he would lead 154 laps. Sure other teams seemed to have caught up with Larson. However, don’t sleep on him this week.  If he was beasting here with Chip Gannasi three years ago, you know he’s fully capable of pulling off another strong run worth of the high salary.

Mid-Range

Tyler Reddick (8,800 FD  | 8,800 DK)

After finishing runner-up at Bristol, Reddick was unable to top that performance at Talladega. Instead, Reddick suffered an engine failure and finished 39th. While he will have the odd bugaboo like last week, he has improved a lot since last year. With five top 10’s already Reddick’s shown he has the talent to compete with the best in the business. His first two visits to Dover were average, finishing top 13 and top 16, respectively. However, his next appearance would be a big step up from the previous visits. Reddick was able to not only crack the top 10 but also win stage two. He’s still affordable, so there’s no reason you can’t scoop him up and still have money available for your dominators.

Value Play

Cole Custer (4,500 FD | 6,100 DK)

Now into his third season in the Cup Series racing for Stewart-Haas, Custer needs to start ramping up his production. His cars have been fast even though he hasn’t finished these races as well as he should have. In three of the four races before Talladega, Custer’s cars qualified in the top three. Dover happens to be a track where Custer has consistently performed well throughout his NASCAR career.  In the three visits since coming up to the Cup Series, he has consistently produced. During a doubleheader weekend at Dover in 2020, he racked up a pair of top 11 finishes. This is the event where he should find a way to deliver a quality outcome.


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