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Matt DiBenedetto (DK: $7,000 FD: $7,000): We anticipate today’s race to be pretty crazy. There are a lot of unknowns: no more restrictor plates, so the drivers will have more responsiveness with the throttle. They also have larger spoilers with a crimp on the end to create more drag. It seems NASCAR is throwing everything they can at teams to keep them on their toes when it comes to the rules packages they bring to the tracks. Fun fact, it’s been over 30 years since NASCAR ran a race at Daytona or Talladega without a restrictor plate. This is why... Read More
Kevin Harvick (DK: $11,600 FD: $14,300): Let’s start with the numbers. Historically, Kevin Harvick is pretty great here; he’s got two wins, 12 top-fives, and a bunch of top-ten finishes. More specifically, in the last couple years, he has one of the best average finishes and driver ratings of any driver in the sport. He knows how to get around this track and he has a fast race car this weekend. In final practice, the #4 car had the best speed on the long run (fastest 15, 20, and 30 lap averages) and posted a top-five time in individual laps... Read More
Joey Logano (DK: $11,300 FD: $14,000): He’s starting on the pole today and is always a threat here. He’s led more than 350 laps at the track in the last two years, which puts him in the top five in laps led during that time, second only to Kyle Busch. Although he didn’t appear as the most impressive car in the practices, we liked that his lap times really didn’t fall off. That’s generally a sign that the driver is happy with the “feel” of the car throughout the runs. Over the last four or five years, the #22 and... Read More
Martin Truex Jr (DK: $10,000 FD: $13,700): We’re going to keep talking about how confusing this new aero/rules package has been for most of the sport to figure out. The two things that have remained constant this season is driver talent and the caliber of equipment they’re in. Tire wear will be an issue, but not as much as it has been in the past here with the lower horsepower motors running this season. Most cars fell off less than two seconds from their first lap to their 20th. In the past we saw fall off drastically higher, in the... Read More
Kevin Harvick (DK: $12,800 FD: $14,500): This is his house. Historically, he’s been one of the best to ever strap into a race car here and we expect this trend to continue. NASCAR is bringing an aero package to the track this weekend that is similar to the package they ran in Phoenix from 2014 to 2016. Coincidentally, Harvick was unreal at this track in that time frame. The package sports that same large rear spoiler that they’ve been running at the last two venues and it really messes with the handling of the car in traffic. Back to Harvick;... Read More