DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the ISM Connect 300. This race marks the second event of the first round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Cars will hit the track on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for first practice, followed by Coors Light Pole Award qualifying at 5:15 p.m.
ELITE TIER: $9,500 and up
Kyle Busch ($10,700)
New Hampshire: 25 starts, two wins, nine top fives (36 percent), 13 top 10s (52 percent)
Average finish at New Hampshire: 13.7
Busch had a six race top-10 streak come to an end last weekend as the decision to swap pit crews with the No. 19 team completely backfired. The crew made multiple mistakes in race one of the playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway, issues which caused Busch to fall off the lead lap.
From that point on, he was not able to recover from substantial lost track position. He finished 15th at Chicago despite leading the most laps (85) during the race.
Looking ahead, though Busch has a great chance to recover this weekend. He has two career wins at New Hampshire and 13 top-10 finishes. He has led laps in three straight races, including over 90 laps in two of them.
Busch should be extremely motivated to bounce back from last weekend’s fiascoes. Never bet against an angry Kyle Busch.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,500)
New Hampshire: 23 starts, four top fives (17.4 percent), nine top 10s (39.1 percent)
Average finish at New Hampshire: 13.3
Truex is the class of the NASCAR field right now. He added another win last weekend which further guarantees himself a deep run into the playoffs. Truex has been a DraftKings dominator in what seems like nearly every race this season.
The five-time Cup winner started on the pole at Loudon in July and led 137 laps en route to a third-place finish. He has led over 100 laps in three straight NHMS races, all in starts from third or better. If Truex starts up front this weekend, he is a lock for the top dominator pick.
Denny Hamlin ($9,900)
New Hampshire: 23 starts, three wins, nine top fives (39.1 percent), 14 top 10s (60.9 percent)
Average finish at New Hampshire: 10.0
Hamlin’s late race surge back in July secured his third career NHMS win and a berth into the playoffs. The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran has been extremely successful here over his career. Hamlin ranks atop the leaderboard among active drivers in average finish (10.0) through 27 starts. He also won the last race held here in July, leading 54 laps after starting inside the top 10.