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DraftKings NASCAR Lineup Picks: Daytona 500

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Trying to find your optimal DraftKings lineup for this week's (Feb. 26 at 2 pm ET on Fox) NASCAR race: the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speeday in Florida? Our fantasy NASCAR experts are ready to help. (Updated Feb. 24 with final starting lineup spot for each driver.)

Here's what our optimal lineup looks like.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($10,600)

This much we know: he's already qualified fast and will be running on the front row when the green flag drops. And in 34 starts at this track, he's earned 19 top-10 finishes and had an average finish of 13.6. Plus, he's led a lot of laps (593 of 5,798) over the years. Starting spot: 2

Kyle Busch ($9,400)

It's strange to put Busch here after the Daytona injury in February 2015 that nearly derailed what became a championship season. But since that injury, Busch seems to have found a balance between the risk and reward in plate races. He was second and third at Daytona last season and had only one run outside the top five with plates on. Starting spot: 21

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Chase Elliott ($9,200)

The son of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville has the pole and clearly knows how to make the car go fast around the 2.5-mile tri-oval. But this pick isn't without risk, as his average finish in two Cup starts is a dismal 34.5. Of course, he did win in the XFINITY Series last year at Daytona. So there's that. Starting spot: 1

Austin Dillon ($8,200)

The 2014 Daytona 500 pole sitter padded his resume last season with runs of ninth and seventh. Even though this track left him upside down in an ugly 2015 wreck, the elder Dillon loves plate racing and has more top-10 finishes in his career here (five) than at any other track on the circuit. Starting spot: 10

Ty Dillon ($6,200)

During his recent qualifying runs, Ty had the 12th fastest car. We like the value. Starting spot: 18

Michael McDowell ($5,800)

He's one of the sport's best plate racers you never heard of, making the best of situations with underdog programs. After taking 15th at Daytona in the spring, McDowell followed that up with a 10th in July. Another great value pick. Starting spot: 22

DraftKings Daytona 500 lineup picks