Championship weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series marks the end of the fantasy racing season. On FanDuel, this is the last chance to win big and ride into the offseason with some money in the bank.
The Championship 4 drivers are getting all the hype, and are all pretty similar in speed this weekend. Their FanDuel salaries are also around the same price. Harvick is the most expensive at $14,500, but Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Joey Logano are priced at $13,500. When it comes to building a lineup, pair one of them with both the drivers listed below.
Here are two must-starts for this weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 400.
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Clint Bowyer ($10,000)
Starting Position: 26th
Bowyer had a poor qualifying session, failing to transfer out of the first round. The No.14 team went back to the drawing board and found the missing speed, which showed up during both of Saturday’s practice sessions.
When the track went green for the cup series Saturday afternoon, Bowyer posted the 10th fastest single lap speed, and the fourth best 10 lap average. When the series returned to the track later, he fell of a bit, ranking 18th in single lap speed and 12th in 10 lap average.
Starting in 26th, at a multiple groove track, Bowyer should be able to move inside the top 15 and towards the front before the conclusion of the first stage. Stewart-Haas Racing as a team has elite speed, and Bowyer should add to his top-10 finish total to end the season.
In last season’s season finale, his first race at Homestead for SHR, Bowyer finished 12th.
Paul Menard ($7,300)
Starting Position: 22nd
In order to fit the more expensive drivers into a lineup, we will need to go bargain shopping. Paul Menard is a Black Friday Early Bird Special this weekend. In Saturday’s first practice session, he posted the sixth best single lap speed. He did not run enough consecutive laps to record a 10 lap average.
In final practice, Menard was still toward the top of the charts. He was eighth fastest in single lap and seventh fastest in 10 lap average.
Menard has also had success at Homestead the past few seasons, posting a career-best fourth-place finish in 2014. While driving for Richard Childress Racing last season, he finished 12th. That car had nowhere near the speed of the car he has this weekend.
Menard has the potential to be a sleeper top 10 pick on Sunday.
Post-Qualifying Lineup Example: