This week the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is headed to Watkins Glen. After running the unique shaped Pocono Raceway, the drivers will be back on a road course for the second time this year. What does that mean? We will have some new faces running this week as some of the teams will try and use road course aces to better their chances. Will it work or will the same drivers that have dominated so far this year rise to the top once again? Let’s dive right in and see what the DPA has in store for our optimal Fanduel lineups.
Blue Chip Studs
Kurt Busch | #41 | $10,500
Busch and the #41 Haas Automation / Monster Energy Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will start from the 21st starting position on Sunday. The Las Vegas native was 3rd fastest in the 10 lap average category during Happy Hour and looks to have a car that will be very fast on the long runs. Busch finished 6th here last year after starting from the 18th position. Busch knows how to maneuver Watkins Glen and is our DPA play of the Day.
Kyle Busch | #18 | $12,300
After pulling out the victory last week in Pocono, Busch and the #18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Winner Joe Gibbs Racing Team Toyota seem to have another good car this week. Busch qualified second, just .060 seconds behind teammate Denny Hamlin and had the fastest 10 lap average speed in practice during Happy Hour. Busch finished 7th here last year and looks to have a car that will contend for the win.
Martin Truex Jr. | #78 | $12,700
Truex and the #78 5-Hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Furniture Row Racing Toyota will start from the 4th position when the green flag drops on Sunday. Truex won the last time the teams visited Watkins Glen and has become some what of a road course specialist as of late. He had the 10th fastest lap during Happy Hour and was 5th fastest in the first practice session.
AJ Allmendinger | #47 | $10,000
Allmendinger and the #47 Kroger Click List JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet will start from the 8th starting position on Sunday. Allmendinger was not especially fast in practice, but this is a road course and if he is going to shine, it will happen here. AJ finished 9th here last year and has recorded his only victory in the series at this track back in 2014. I’m not crazy about his price tag, but if there was ever a spot to pay for him – its right now!
Chase Elliott | #9 | $9,800
Elliott and the #9 SunEnergy1 Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet could be in for their best day as a team. Elliott and Kyle Busch have been the talk of the garage all weekend and they have backed it up on the track so far. Elliott qualified 3rd and had the 2nd fastest 10 lap average speed during Happy Hour. His car seems to be fast at every turn of the course. I look for Elliott to earn his first trip to Victory Lane as a Monster Energy Cup driver.
Jimmie Johnson | #48 | $8,900
Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Hendicks Motorsports Chevrolet will start in the 13th starting position on Sunday. Johnson, like his teammate Chase Elliott has shown a lot of speed this week and could be ready to break out of his slump. Johnson was 6th fastest in Happy Hour and like Elliott, looks to have a car that can contend for the win. Johnson has never won at Watkins Glen and will be looking to change that this Sunday.
Michael McDowell | #34 | $6,800
McDowell is making his first appearance in my recommendations. I guess there is a first time for everything. McDowell and his #34 K-Love Radio Front Row Racing Ford will start from the 12th position on Sunday. In Happy Hour, McDowell had the 5th fastest car and was 9th in the first practice session.
William Byron | #24 | $7,300
Byron and the #24 Hertz Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet will start from the 17th starting position on Sunday. Byron and the #24 team finished in 6th place last week in Pocono and has been looking really good in the second half of the season. Like his Hendricks teammates, Byron should have a good car and be in position to bring home a top 15 finish.
DPA Racing finds Byron in a nice spot for his price
Paul Menard | #21 | $7,500
Menard and the #21 Menards/Sylvania Woods Brothers Racing Ford will start from the 14th starting position on Sunday. Menard was 11th fastest in Happy Hour and looks to have the Woods Brothers car in a good position. Menard has shown some life as of late and could sneak into the top 10 this week.
On a side note, Jamie McMurray has looked very fast this week as well. Unfortunately, I can’t fully endorse him, as everytime I do, I end up getting screwed.
Bryan Holland is a senior NASCAR writer for Daily Play Action with many years of success in both GPPs and Cash Games on FanDuel. He reserves the right to change his plays at any time without notice and without discretion.