DraftKings NASCAR Breakdown: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500


We will head to Texas Motor Speedway for this week’s upcoming race. Texas decided to repave the track this offseason by decreasing the banking from 24 degrees to 20, and expanding the width 60 feet to 80 in turns 1 and 2. Now with the freshly new repaved track, Texas is real similar to Kentucky Speedway. So this week I have based some of my picks from last years Kentucky Race as it was a new repave last season also. I was watching practice and the repave looks great but also sketchy, if any of these drivers get out of the groove it could be a rough day for your lineup. It was a great race last week at Martinsville, Congratulations to Brad Keslowski for winning his first Grandfather Clock. Now, let’s move on and jump into my picks for this weeks upcoming race at Texas. I like to get my research from Jayski.com, Driveraverages.com, and The NASCAR mobile app.


Top Tier- Gpp & Cash


Kevin Harvick- $10,000

The last time Happy Harvick sat on the pole, he went on to lead 292 laps and had a great day at Atlanta. A pit road speeding penalty late in the race cost him the victory. Harvick has just seemed average the last couple races, but his crew chief Rodney Childers was not able to attend the races due to a suspension. The Jimmy Johns Ford is freaky fast this weekend, lock and load Kevin Harvick this weekend. Harvick has never won at Texas, but this weekend that changes he is my favorite to be in Victory Lane Sunday.

Kyle Busch- $9,900

As I mentioned above if any of these drivers get out of the groove it could be a long day for them. Kyle’s right rear quarter panel kissed the wall coming off turn 1, and then he failed to make a qualifying attempt. Which this is great for fantasy NASCAR, because he will start P33. Kyle was confident enough in his car to not go to a backup car after the practice 1 incident, said he loved the speed the 18 had, good sign. Kyle was the winner here last spring.


Mid Tier- GPP


Jimmie Johnson- $9,700

Jimmie did make a qualifying attempt, however he spun out as he cut the engine off heading into turn 1. Jimmie made a great save from keeping the car off the wall, but when he did this he flat spotted the tires. The NASCAR rule is you have to start the race on the tires you qualified on, and Chad Knaus made the call to change tires. Now instead of starting P24 he will start in the rear. If Jimmie or Dale Jr are ever going to show up with some speed this will be the week.

Erik Jones- $7,600

Another really talented young driver in the cup series, and as I continue watching Jones I grow more and more a fan of. A teammate of Martin Truex Jr, by now we all know has been dominant on the mile and half tracks. Jones smacked the wall hard coming to the start/finish line in practice 1, costing him to go to a backup car. Then, among 8 other drivers he failed to make a qualifying attempt. He did show great speed up until the incident, Jones will start P36 and makes for a great place differential play.


Dark Horses- Gpp

Chris Buescher- $6,000

I always love to target the drivers that return to their home track. Buescher had a really solid day last week at Martinsville. Once again, Buescher was another car that did not get to make a qualifying attempt. He will start the the furthest back of all drivers at P37. He will provide you some salary relief and also makes for a great place differential play.

Michael McDowell- $5,500

As I was watching practice and qualifying I kept seeing his name, and I was shocked at the speed the 95 car had. I just thought at any minute he will fall down the leaderboard but he didn’t, the 95 car showed good speed, and he almost made it to the last round of qualifying. He will start P13.

Note: 9 drivers did not make a qualifying attempt. I will attack this week with a place differential lineup, with one dominator. I listed a few above, but they’re some more drivers that are in play.

Kyle Larson- $10,300

Chase Elliott- $9,500

Dale Earnhardt Jr- $8,500

Kasey Kahne- $7,300


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