NASCAR is officially returning to live racing on Sunday when the NASCAR Cup Series races for 400 miles around Darlington Raceway in the Darlington 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
With no other sports in progress – such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL – there is not much to bet on, so many people may be looking to place fantasy selections for NASCAR on FanDuel or DraftKings for the first time.
Below are some picks you should consider when choosing your daily fantasy NASCAR lineup for Darlington on Sunday.
- Kyle Busch ($14000) – Busch has posted one win, four top-5’s and ten top-10’s in his career at Darlington. His average finish of 11.1 at the track is fourth best in the series, and has posted a series-most 561 quality passes.
- Denny Hamlin ($1250) – Hamlin has wheeled his way to two wins, seven to-5’s, 11 top-10s, and one pole at Darlington. His average finish (7.8) and average running position (8.219) there is second-best in the Cup Series, and he has posted the third-most quality passes (487) at Darlington.
- Erik Jones ($9800) – Jones – the 2019 winner of the Cup Series race at Darlington – has recorded that one win, two top-5’s and three top-10’s at the famous speedway, while posting series bests in Average finish (4.7), average running position (7.550) and driver rating (110.8).
- Matt Kenseth ($7200) – Kenseth is making his return to Cup Series racing since the end of the 2018 season, filling in for the suspended Kyle Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing. Kenseth’s lack of recent Cup Series racing shouldn’t worry you too much, as he will be in powerful Chip Ganassi Racing equipment and knows his way around the one-mile South Carolina speedway, posting one win, three top-5’s and 12 top-10’s there since 1998.
- Austin Dillon ($6200) – Dillon is a selection only because he is a salary cap filler without going over FanDuel’s limit. He has recorded one top-5 and two top-10’s in his career at Darlington, and his 12.5 average finish is ninth-best in the series there.
Salary: $49700 / $50000
- Kyle Busch $11800 – Busch has posted one win, four top-5’s and ten top-10’s in his career at Darlington. His average finish of 11.1 at the track is fourth best in the series, and has posted a series-most 561 quality passes.
- Ryan Blaney ($9500) – Blaney has recorded one stage win along with one one top-5 and one top-10 so far this season and currently sits sixth in the driver standings. Blaney’s driver rating at Darlington stands at 76.4 since 2018 (14th-best in the Cup Series). Although his Darlington resume isn’t too stellar with only two top-20 finishes there since 2018, but he will most likely give you a consistent race and a solid finishing position.
- Erik Jones ($9200) – Jones, the 2019 winner of the Cup Series race at Darlington, has recorded that one win, two top-5’s and three top-10’s at the famous speedway, while posting series bests in Average finish (4.7), average running position (7.550) and driver rating (110.8).
- Chris Buescher ($7000) – Buescher will fill the role as a solid slot filler on your roster. His 80.7 driver rating at Darlington since 2018 is 10th-best in the Cup Series, with two top-20 finishes and a 15.5 average starting position.
- Ryan Newman ($6500) – Newman will be making his return to Cup Series racing after being injured in a scary crash at the end of the Daytona 500 in February. But don’t worry about the injury possibly lagging him. His recovery has been nothing short of remarkable, and NASCAR has given him the all clear to compete again. Newman has driven his way to seven top-5’s, 13 top-10’s and one pole at Darlington, and his 3,733 laps in the top-15 (67.6%) are sixth-most in the Cup Series.
- Bubba Wallace ($6000) – Wallace is a roster filler, just like Newman and Buescher. He has recorded one top-10 through four races this season, and has finished in the top-20 in three of those four races.
Salary: $50000 / $50000
Note: Statistics referenced are during the Loop Data Era (2005 to present) unless otherwise stated.