Coop’s Daytona 500 Preview

Often you hear people talking about there favorite smells. For some people it’s the fresh smell of mulch in the spring, for others it’s the smell of a new car, for me there is no smell like rubber as you head into a NASCAR track. Yes, that’s right, NASCAR is back and it’s better than ever when it comes to NASCAR DFS. Thanks to people like Rotodoc and RG’s own Stevie PTFL NASCAR DFS grew by leaps and bounds last year and this year I feel positive we will see even larger GPP’s. I myself have been watching NASCAR for over twenty years and have been to several races in Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville thus providing me with a solid knowledge base of the sport. Last year was my first full year of NASCAR DFS and I decided to purchase the package provided by Stevie PTFL. My goal of the package was to strictly learn game theory and without a doubt my goal was achieved. I intend to produce a weekly blog providing race theory along with drivers I am excited about as well as the drivers that I will pass on for the week. Much like the golf blogs that I have written, my NASCAR blogs will focus on GPP play. This weeks blog will go more in depth on overall general game strategy as well as focusing on the Daytona 500. So let’s get going.

CHANGES THIS YEAR WITHIN NASCAR
In this section I will leave it up to you to research the driver changes that happened over the off season as I will be focusing on the changes within the sport itself that could impact the races. One of the biggest changes that deserves to be monitored at the beginning of the season is the new Chevy Camaro . Last year Toyota introduced a new car and was dominant. Will the new Chevy Camaro do the same thus leaving Ford behind the eight ball as they are still running older designed cars. Daytona will not answer this question for us but after the third or fourth race of the year we should have a pretty good idea.

Also new this year will be what NASCAR is saying will be a quicker and smoother pre race inspection process. They started testing this inspection process last year in Chicago at the start of the playoffs with non playoff teams so they could have time to work out any issues. If you followed NASCAR last year then you are well versed on how many and how often a car failed pre race inspection. This often affected good cars and when you fail pre race inspection you must start at the rear of the field plus you lose practice time, anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

There is some big changes that will affect pit stops this year. In the past teams used six crewman to go over the wall to service the car. This year NASCAR is only allowing five crewman over the wall. I am sure this will cause issues at the beginning of the season even with the off season practice with only five crewman. One of those five people is the gasman and all he is allowed to do is gas the car or retrieve a loose tire with his leg. This means that between the four other crewman they have to jack the car up, change the tires, handle the two air guns and make any other minor adjustments. This will slow pit stops down, potentially force more two tire changes verse four tires, and hurt the mid tier to bottom tier teams as they simply don’t have the pit crew talent to compete with top tier teams. Last year we saw teams completing pit stops in 11-12 seconds consistently and at the pre season clash race the best pit stop was almost 17 seconds. I don’t expect this to be a big issue at Daytona because of the draft and how quickly you can catch up to the field. For races after Daytona this will be huge because if you can gain 1-3 seconds of time from pit stops verse your competition that is a huge gain once you get back on track. I would pay special attention to who is pitting fast and mark it down so you will have this info at the beginning of the year. Because of this rule change NASCAR has also changed the time allotted to work on your car in the pits after an accident from five minutes to six minutes. This means once you hit the pits after an accident you have six minutes to get the car up to the minimum speed that NASCAR requires for that track. If you can’t achieve that speed or go over the six minutes you will need to go to the garage thus ending your race.

In the past each team used there own air guns, for the past couple of years there were many that complained Joe Gibbs racing had developed a faster air gun. This year everyone will be using the same type of air gun that is being provided by NASCAR. Also new this year is once the nose of the car crosses the front pit box line all work must stop. In the past you would often see the gasman continue to fuel the car when the car was well past the line in order to get those extra few drops and occasionally crewmen would be tightening potentially loose lug nuts.

THE DAYTONA 500
This is the biggest race of the year for NASCAR and the one race that all the drivers want to win. This is the 60th edition and some of the best drivers to ever compete have never won this race. The race consists of 200 laps that is broken down into three stages ending at lap 60/120/200. Each car will need to pit at least once during each stage as the range of laps for a full tank of gas is 46-48 laps. Tires are not critical at Daytona so depending on what lap you pit we will see some cars go with two tires while others will change all four. Daytona is a super speedway racetrack with high banks in the corner were drafting is key. The cars will be using restrictor plates this week which will allow almost every car to have similar speeds as long as you can stay within the draft. Drafting is when the lead car is pushing through the air while the car behind it typically picks up speed and ends up pushing the car in front of it. There are two types of drafts, side by side and single car. A single car draft will run faster speeds and if behind will catch a side by side draft. The bottom line is you need to be drafting at Daytona or you will run 3-5 mph slower than the field. Below are some key numbers based off the last five Daytona 500’s, numbers are in order from most recent race. Please keep them in mind as they will make more sense as you go through the blog.
Potential Dominator Points 50 points
Most laps led by one driver-50,95,87,54,86
Number of drivers who led at least ten laps-6,5,4,7,5

Potential Fastest Laps Points 100 points
Fastest laps are recorded on green laps only and are rewarded to the driver who has the fastest speed on each green lap. Last year 35 drivers recorded at least one fastest lap, the year before it was 38 drivers. The most fastest laps by one driver in either of those two races was 16 with less than a handful recording more than ten fastest laps. There is no correlation between laps leds and fastest laps for this race.

Starting Position Info
Start in the top ten and finish in top ten-1,4,6,5,3
Start in top ten and improve your starting position-1,2,4,3,1
Start 11-19 and finish in top ten-3,3,2,0,3
Start 11-19 and improve position-4,2,2,1,3
Start 20-30 and finish in top fifteen-3,3,2,4,3
Start 31 or worse and finish top fifteen-5,3,5,5,5
I could include the summer Daytona race info but decided to keep it just Daytona 500 but if I did include those numbers they would fall in the same line except they would point even more in favor of starting 20th or worse.

POST QUALIFYING NECESSARY DFS WORK
Qualifying is a very important process for setting your DFS lineups weekly but there is much work to be completed after qualifying. I highly suggest that you get into a habit of watching practice on a weekly basis whether it be live or you record and watch later. NASCAR provides teams with multiple practices weekly that vary as sometimes we have one or two practices before qualifying, other times we see one practice before qualifying and one or two after while the worse is when they practice before qualifying and there is no practice afterwards. It’s critical to understand what is trying to be accomplished at each practice. Typically the first practice of the week is used to set your car up for qualifying runs. This is typically but not always defined by seeing cars run limited laps in practice. The other type of practice and usually after qualifying is referred to as a race trim practice. This is when longer laps are run by the cars and these are the practices you want to focus on. NASCAR will provide you with two types of speed during practice, one lap runs and ten lap runs. For most races you want to focus on the speeds for the ten lap runs as this will provide you a better idea of what type of speed the car has over a longer run. You will also want to take note of what time these practices take place verse actual race time. This is important because weather has a huge impact on how a car performs. When it’s cooler and or cloudy the car will go faster and if set up proper will handle better while when hotter and sunny the car doesn’t have as much grip in the tires thus harder to control. So how do you decifer all of this info and put it together, you watch practice. During practice the announcers will discuss much of what I have talked about and more importantly there will be several driver/crew chief interviews were they discuss there like or dislike of there car along with many other tidbits that will help you understand were they feel they stand for the upcoming race. Yes it’s a lot but if you watch practice and take notes you will be up on the majority of your peers. It doesn’t stop once practice is over as twitter then becomes your best friend. I highly suggest following drivers on twitter as well as there crew chiefs. If you do this you will sometimes get updates on drivers who were not interviewed during practice as well as updates following any issues that occurred during practice from drivers who were interviewed. Typically there are one to two cars each week that generate garage talk as being the best in the field and favorite to win and if you watch practice and follow Twitter you will know who these cars belong to. One last note, you need to keep everything I just said in the memory bank as practice speeds mean nothing this week since we are at a super speedway track this week and almost every car will have similar speeds. Practices this week are for drafting purposes to see which cars your car works best with.

STRATEGY FOR THE DAYTONA 500
Each year NASCAR has four races at super speedway tracks and the contests for these four races is not like any other DFS contest you will enter. The reason behind this being there are typically big wrecks at these races involving multiple cars and the way NASCAR DFS scoring is set up plays a pivotal role. In NASCAR DFS there are two types of races, one with dominators and one with place differential. Dominators are drivers who lead many laps and rack up additional points by doing this. This occurs at races that have a high number of laps. While place differential can occur at any track it happens at super speedway tracks with the highest number of drivers. One of the first and best things that Stevie taught me was understanding how many points you receive for every driver based off were they qualified verse were they potentially could finish. I highly suggest that you develop a process or system so you understand how many points the pole sitter will receive if they finish 25th and how many points a driver starting 30th receives if he finishes 7th. With all that being said the race this weekend only has 200 laps so dominator points will be limited while bonus points are also received for fastest laps which at Daytona will happen through out the field as many drivers will get there share of fastest laps thus spreading them out to multiple drivers. Your main focus this weekend needs to be place differential which will lead me to having a player pool consisting 85% or more of drivers starting 20th or worse while these drivers will most likely account for 90% of my player pool ownership. This is why this contest is unlike any other DFS contest as this strategy will lead to leaving a salary anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 on the board. For many players this is very difficult to do as you never leave this much salary on the board in any other contest and it’s very hard to resist the temptation of leaving your roster with six drivers who basically stink every other week of the year. If you develop a point system or process that I mentioned previously you will quickly notice that due to all the wrecks the safest point totals as well as the highest upside come from the drivers starting 20th or worse. By using this strategy you will have an edge on the field as you will see many drivers who start 1st through 19th with mid to higher ownership levels.

THE DRIVERS
When determining how deep you want to own a driver you need to consider if the attrition rate of the race is high or low. The Daytona 500 is typically a high attrition rate race so the odds that drivers in your player pool get caught up in a wreck are much higher than the normal race. For this week I would try to limit my highest owned drivers being no more than 40% owned within your player pool while most are around 30%. Overall ownership on drivers for this weeks race are typically spread out more since all forty drivers are playable. By limiting your top ownership at 40% you can still be overweight on a driver and if that driver is unfortunate enough to get caught up in a wreck you still have plenty of other lineups that can do well. This will be tough to achieve this week due to the chalkiness that you will see on 3-6 drivers. With that being said let’s look at some drivers this week.

Starting 21st On Back
This section of the starting grid is loaded with good drivers that will draw high ownership. Over the past couple restrictor plate races it was common to leave several thousand dollars on the table but the way qualifying shaked out with several high dollar drivers in the back there will be lineups were you want to use close to your allotted salary. The other thing restrictor plate racing had allowed was unique lineups. This race will bring out many duplicated lineups so you will want to be unique with 1-2 drivers who have a high ceiling. Stats listed below are based off career races at Daytona not just the Daytona 500. Ownership below is high above 40%, Medium 20-40% and low below 15%, these are what I am projecting, not what I will be using necessarily. Points discussed below are just finishing and place differential points and do not include any laps led or fastest laps.

The first two drivers to discuss are Mark Thompson and David Gilliland who will bring up the rear. Neither of these drivers will compete for a T10-15 finish on there own but they could finish there if they keep there cars clean and avoid the wrecks. I can see Gilliland hanging with the draft longer than Thompson but he will eventually lose the pack and fall back. If either of these guys finish in the 30th or worse positions they will most likely not be in many cashing lineups unless there are multiple cars who have wrecked out and end up receiving single digit to negative points. I will have some ownership on both of these drivers as they carry no risk and only upside although that upside is minimal.
Mark Thompson
Starting Position 40th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

David Gilliland
Starting Position 39th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

Kyle Larson starts near the rear this week which means he has nothing but upside and will carry the highest ceiling as he could win the race as well as lead laps and get fastest laps. As long as he is not one of the first cars to wreck out he will be in many lineups that cash as well as possibly being in the winning lineups. In order to receive 50 points he just need to finish in 16th place. The only downside is if he wrecks out as one of the first cars and then we don’t see many or any other wrecks. If he wrecks out early and many other cars wreck out he will still outscore many cars as he will receive positive points while others could receive negative points. As you can see below Larson has not been the best in his short career at Daytona and if you date back to last year it just seems like he wrecks out of every race.
Starting Position 38th
Win Probability Medium to High
Ownership High
Races 8
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 2

Aric Almirola has moved over to Stewart Haas Racing this year and will be driving in the best equipment of his career. Almirola is a tough driver to figure out as he isn’t one who is known to be a good racer at any type of track. Almirola does have one career win which came at Daytona in the summer race. Almirola is someone who could finish anywhere from 1st if everything goes his way to last. I feel he would be very pleased with a T10 and is likely to finish anywhere from 10th thru 25th. With a 15th place finish Almirola will achieve 51 points.
Starting Position 37th
Win Probability Low to Medium
Ownership Medium to High
Races 12
Wins 1
T5 2
T10 2

Matt DiBenedetto is known to be a good racer on short tracks but he has a car that will stay in the draft and compete at the Daytona 500. DiBo has limited experience on super speedways. DiBo is starting in a optimal starting position and that is why you are playing him. He has the ability to finish T10 with no wrecks but most likely has a T15-25 car without any wrecks. With a 15th place finish DiBo will accumulate 50 points.
Starting Position 36th
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 1

Jimmie Johnson is a wrecking machine when it comes to restrictor plate races as he has been involved in a high share of accidents along with being the creator of many of those accidents. On the other end JJ has had several good finishes at restrictor plate races. JJ is in an optimal starting position this week as he will carry high upside with limited downside. If JJ finishes in 14th position he will accumulate 51 points.
Starting Position 35th
Win Probability Medium to High
Ownership High
Races 32
Wins 3
T5 11
T10 14

William Byron is a very young talented driver making his debut at the Daytona 500. Byron has succeeded at every racing level at a quick rate. Byron won several truck races two years ago while capturing the Xfinity Championship last year. Byron will be competing in top notch equipment this year and I won’t be surprised to see him win a race or two. We have seen young drivers succeed at Daytona very early in there career and he definitely has that ability. Watching Byron this week I am not sure he has enough experience at this point in his career to succeed at super speedways as he has been shaky during practice and the races we have seen this week. Byron doesn’t come from a family that is deep in racing like a Chase Elliot so he wasn’t able to tap into the knowledge to help with his lack of experience. Byron is a true wild card for me this week as I could see him being in or creating a big wreck but then he has that huge ability. In addition Byron is in a optimal starting position this week which makes the decision even more difficult. With a 13th place finish Byron will accumulate 51 points.
Starting Position 33rd
Win Probability Medium
Ownership Medium to High
First Career Race

Brad Keselowski will be one of the three most popular drivers as he is one of the best restrictor plate racers while starting in a optimal position. Keselowski won the Clash race last week and has previous super speedway wins. Keselowski is also a member of the Penske Ford racing team so look for him to get up front early with his two teammates. I definitely would not fade Keselowski but going underweight is not a bad option as with this being a restrictor plate race anything can happen. The only downside to being underweight is if there are several cars caught up in wrecks and Keselowski also wrecks he will still most likely have positive points were many cars could be in the negatives. Keselowski needs to finish at least 12th to hit 50 plus points.
Starting Position 31st
Win Probability High
Ownership High
Races 17
Wins 1
T5 3
T10 4

Note The drivers listed above from Kyle Larson to Brad Keselowski will control the fate of this contest. Four of the six have the potential to win and or place T10 while the other two could easily finish T10 with or without wrecks. As noted above none even need a T10 to hit at least 50 points. This week if you can get all your drivers at 50 plus points you will do very good.

The following drivers ended up qualifying to high due to the wrecks in the qualifying races and have limited upside. These are cars that are likely to fall to the back of the field immediately and will lose the draft rather quickly. Had these cars ended up in the 36-40th positions I would have been more interested in using them as they would have had higher upside. Now they will need to finish in the 10th-15th position in order to pay off and this will require multiple cars wrecking out of the race. The one good side to them is if they can continue to run the entire race they do have a shot as they will most likely miss any big wrecks because they will be off the pace of the field. None of these drivers have posted a T10 at Daytona during there career.
Jefferey Earnhardt
Starting Position 27th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

Justin Marks
Starting Position 29th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

DJ Kennington
Starting Position 30th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

Gray Gaulding
Starting Position 34th
Win Probability None
Ownership Low

Corey Lajoie is starting in a sneaky position and I am hoping he gets lost amongst the other drivers in this range. LaJoie has a car that could possibly hang within the draft and be competitive. Without wrecks Lajoie could possibly finish as high as 15th and if he keeps his car clean and there are wrecks he could sneak up to that 15th or better position. Lajoie will most likely be my highest owned driver of the bottom tier teams.
Starting Position 32nd
Win Probability None
Ownership Low
Races 2 with nothing better than T10

Danica Patrick will be making her final NASCAR appearance this weekend at the Daytona 500. Patrick has been a solid driver over her career on super speedways. Patrick isn’t driving a high quality car like she has at previous super speedways but she will still be in a car that can compete and stay within the draft and I am sure Go Daddy has provided her with enough funds to be competitive. With no wrecks she has a car that can finish 15th-25th so she will need to avoid the wrecks to place higher. Patrick has upside but if anything happens to the car she will most likely park it as she is just competing to win and get a very good finish while just driving around in a beat up car and making laps is not on her agenda as she is not here to accumulate season long points. Patrick will need to finish 11th to achieve 50 points.
Starting Position 28th
Win Probability Low
Ownership Medium
Races 11
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 2

Kasey Kahne is no longer with Hendrick Motorsports and will be driving with Levine Racing this year. Kahne struggled the last two years after having high expectations at the beginning of his career. Levine racing is a bottom tier team that is making a commitment this year to get to the mid tier. Levine has done an excellent job over the last couple years of producing super speedway cars that have been very competitive. This race along with the other super speedways will present the best opportunity for Kahne to win or produce a T5 finish. Kahne will need to finish 10th to achieve 50 points.
Starting Position 26th
Win Probability Low to Medium
Ownership Medium
Races 28
Wins 0
T5 2
T10 9

Brendan Gaughan will be running a part time schedule this year only racing at super speedways. Gaughan will field a competitive car that will stay within the draft and could T10 on its own. Gaughan is a good driver on super speedways. I wish he would have started back farther as his upside is limited starting 25th. Gaughan will need to be 9th to achieve 50 points.
Starting Position 25th
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Races 5
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 1

Martin Truex Jr has struggled to be competitive on super speedway tracks over his career. Winning the Daytona 500 would be the cherry on top for Truex as he is the defending series champion. Truex has competed well here recently losing a very close race to Denny Hamlin. Truex doesn’t have any immediate teammates this year but he is aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing and will most likely to try partner up with them throughout the race. Truex has a decent starting position with some upside but he needs a T5 to pay off. Truex needs a 9th place finish to hit 50 points.
Starting Position 24th
Win Probability Medium to High
Ownership Medium to High
Races 25
Wins 0
T5 1
T10 3

I will put the next four drivers all together as they all have similar upside and downside and I really wish they would have qualified farther back. Any of these four drivers have the car and ability to finish T10 and depending on how accidents play out they could easily T10 if they avoid them. Ty Dillon is a grinder and will compete and I would not be surprised if he has a good race. The one I like best is Michael McDowell as he has been a beast the last two years at super speedways. He is driving for a new team this year and the equipment is probably a slight downgrade. All of these drivers needs a T8 or better to achieve 50 points. As you can see we are already down to the 20-23rd place starters and it will be difficult to get that needed finish to get 50 points. This should also show you how hard it is for a driver starting in the T20 to get 50 points.
Ty Dillon
Starting Position 23rd
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Races 4
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 0

Michael McDowell
Starting Position 22nd
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Races 13
Wins 0
T5 1
T10 4

Chris Buescher
Starting Position 21st
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Races 4
Wins 0
T5 0
T10 1

AJ Allmendinger
Starting Position 20th
Win Probability Low
Ownership Low
Races 17
Wins 0
T5 2
T10 4

From this point on I have limited interest in drivers starting inside the T20 as there upside is limited and there downside increases as you get closer to the drivers starting at the front. The drivers listed below will have minimal ownership for me and they must be able to win or finish T5.

Jamie McMurray is a solid restrictor plate driver who has some good finishes over his career and he will be driving good equipment. McMurray is a risk as he is known to be an aggressive restrictor plate driver and he has been in his fair share of wrecks. McMurray does have the ability to win and place T6 which would put him over 50 points for the race.
Starting Position 19th
Win Probability Medium
Ownership Medium
Races 30
Wins 2
T5 3
T10 5

Trevor Bayne is a previous Daytona 500 winner who will be driving in a Ford for Roush Racing this weekend. Those are really the only reasons I will play him but they are all good reasons. Bayne’s teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr has won the last two restrictor plate races so we know he will have a car that can win and be competitive. This is more of a ownership play as I feel many people will not be on Bayne as the upside is limited.
Starting Position 18th
Win Probability Low to Medium
Ownership Low
Races 14
Wins 1
T5 2
T10 4

Paul Menard is a good restrictor plate driver and this year he is teamed up with the Wood Brothers Racing who are known to produce good restrictor plate cars. Menard is a sneaky pick as he carries high risk high reward and I don’t think many will be on him were he is starting. Again this is a ownership play.
Starting Position 16th
Win Probability Medium to Low
Ownership Low
Races 21
Wins 0
T5 2
T10 5

Kyle Busch is looking for his first career Daytona 500 win as so far it has eluded him. Busch has the ability as well as the car to win this race. Busch carries more downsize than upside due to his starting position but he should come in lower owned. Busch would have to get a T3 in order to achieve 50 points.
Starting Position 12th
Win Probability High
Ownership Medium
Races 25
Wins 1
T5 7
T10 8

Anytime you pick a driver at a restrictor plate race starting in the top ten you will need a near perfect race from them along with the race playing out with minimal wrecks and within those wrecks only a few drivers from the back finishing in the T5-15 depending upon were they started. Drivers starting in the T10 have limited place differential points available and the amount of bonus points from laps led and fastest laps are spread out among drivers. I am not saying it’s impossible to be in the winning lineups but it’s rare. The only drivers that interest me would be Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney and my ownership on them would be less than 5%. Ford has dominated restrictor plate races recently and the Penske Fords look very good this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of these drivers win this weekend but even if they do win it doesn’t mean they will be in winning lineups as there are several drivers starting in the back who can accumulate more points.

One last note, I wouldn’t put more than two drivers on any lineup with the drivers starting from Kasey Kahne on up and the closer you get to the front I would only use one of them. This is strictly to maximize your upside.

That is all for this week, hopefully you found the info informative and something that will help you make smart selections when filling out your lineups for the Daytona 500. I expect to see several wrecks this weekend because the cars have been difficult to handle this year and there were more accidents in the qualifying races than what was expected. See you next week.

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Comments

  • ElSlappo

    Wow – awesome work. Thank you

  • EstebanJr

    That was awesome. I also brought Stevie package last year and made a lot of money. I going to buy it again but I’m also going to take your advice and watch the practices and take my own notes. Is there a place where I could get all the drivers Twitter names in one place

  • Cooper08

    • Blogger of the Month

    Appreciate the feedback guys! I just made a list of teams and started searching twitter. If you do a google search you can find who you need to. I am not aware of one master list but like I said if you do a google search you will get all kinds of good people to follow.

  • Dutt780

    great work cooper08 I work for a nascar Toyota race team info is spot on

  • BIF

    Thanks Coop, that was really informative !!

  • IzzyB24

    Thanks for the article. The NASCAR scoring system for DFS is flawed. Place differential should only be rewarding +/- .5 not 1. Reality is drivers want to win and where you end should be the highest reward not coming from 38th to 7th. Placing all of your eggs on the rear of the field could easily burn you. One big wreck in the first 20 laps and your DFS is done.

  • Alvy76

    Great article! A plethora of knowledge bombs!!

  • Phil9Mil

    Really really good info. Thanks. !!! Here we go!

  • boomanfoo

    That was one of the most informative NASCAR DFS article I have ever read hope to see it every week.

  • Jnvrmind

    @IzzyB24 said...

    Thanks for the article. The NASCAR scoring system for DFS is flawed. Place differential should only be rewarding +/- .5 not 1. Reality is drivers want to win and where you end should be the highest reward not coming from 38th to 7th. Placing all of your eggs on the rear of the field could easily burn you. One big wreck in the first 20 laps and your DFS is done.

    I agree Izzy,finishing position should carry the most weight. Winning is everything.

  • Cooper08

    • Blogger of the Month

    @IzzyB24 said...

    Thanks for the article. The NASCAR scoring system for DFS is flawed. Place differential should only be rewarding +/- .5 not 1. Reality is drivers want to win and where you end should be the highest reward not coming from 38th to 7th. Placing all of your eggs on the rear of the field could easily burn you. One big wreck in the first 20 laps and your DFS is done.

    Understand what you are saying. Also consider Larson wrecks out first then many of the front runners wreck out finishing ahead of Larson. Who receives more points in this scenario? Larson does. This race based on the DK scoring system is all about math and percentages.

    I appreciate all the positive feedback from everyone. Thanks.
    Coop

  • atmflash

    Coop, best article i have read about nascar and i have read a lot. Thx

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