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Draft Kings: Bluegreen Vacations 500k

Updated On: November 9, 2019, 2:34 pm ET

If a player gets confused looking at a single track, looking a track types can provide a lot of clarity. While drivers like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola have impressive streaks at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway, there are several others who are recommended because of how they run on similar courses.

The ISM Raceway 500k will be the seventh race run on one of NASCAR’s short, flat tracks. Measuring less than 1-mile in length and with minimal banking, ISM, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, and Martinsville Speedway all require the same type of skill to navigate.

Of course nothing takes the place of studying practice times and since the Draft Kings game offers place-differential points as a big part of its scoring, players will want to wait until qualification is in the books before solidifying their primary lineups, but here are some of the drivers you will want consider this week:


Group A: Most Expensive (>=$10,000)

Kevin Harvick ($11,500)


It was hard to bet against Harvick last week and this week will be no different. His record at Phoenix borders on legendary with seven victories and two second-place finishes since the beginning of 2012 and only one result outside the top 10 and three outside the top five. He was less than dominant this spring with a ninth in the TicketGuardian 500k, but last week’s effort at Texas reestablished his dominance.

Group B: (Between $9,900 and $8,500)

Ryan Blaney ($9,400)
Phoenix has not been one of Blaney’s better tracks during his career. After sweeping the top 10 in his rookie season there, he failed to earn another top 15 until this spring. He shocked the field with a third-place finish in the TicketGuardian 500k and players thought that he was on his way to fulfilling the destiny predicted for him with Team Penske. He hasn’t been perfect on short, flat tracks since, but when he is on his ‘A’ game, he is capable of earning top-fives like he did two weeks ago at Martinsville.

Brad Keselowski ($9,100)
Keselowski was less than impressive in this spring’s Phoenix race. He had a suspension problem and fell from fifth at the start of the race to finish 19th. Worse still, he was priced at $11,600 that weekend and caused fantasy owners to make some difficult decisions about who to take in the middle and lower tiers. Since then he has been much improved on short, flat tracks with a sweep of the top 10 – including top-five results in both Martinsville races and at Richmond. This week his cap is much more manageable.

Group C: (Between $8,300 and $7,300)

Matt DiBenedetto ($7,300)
DiBenedetto is improving on every track type, but he’s been best on courses that reward driver input to a greater degree than horsepower. Short, flat tracks are rhythm courses – which is another way to say drivers’ tracks. DiBenedetto was still getting accustomed to the No. 95 this spring when he finished 28th at Phoenix. He was 20th at Martinsville and 24th at Richmond in their first two races. Since then he has been 16th or better on the flat tracks of 1-mile or less in length with a very impressive fifth at New Hampshire in the Foxwoods 301.

Ryan Newman ($7,600)
Newman has been consistent and occasionally very fast on the short, flat tracks. In six starts on this course type, he has scored four top-10s and a 12th with only one result landing outside the top 20. His 12th came at Phoenix in the TicketGuardian 500k, which was his third consecutive top-12 finish and 14th such result in his last 18 attempts on this track. That equals a top-12 percentage of 77.8% and makes him as close to a certainty as players are liable to find.

Group D: (Between $7,200 and $6,000)

Chris Buescher ($7,000)
Buescher has been a go-to guy at this level for a while, but that is because his numbers are consistent enough that players don’t have to worry about losing a lot of points. Buescher finished 16th this spring in the TicketGuardian 500k, which earned him the 14th-most points (34) in the Draft Kings game that week. He was better at Martinsville two weeks ago with 40 points and earned 39 at New Hampshire. All of those put him in the top 15; this week his salary cap is the 21st-most expensive.

Daniel Suarez ($7,200)
Suarez is the 20th-most expensive driver in the game and he has earned 17th-best or greater points in four of six races on short, flat tracks. His two best outings came at Richmond with 51 points in the spring and 41 in September. In the first Phoenix race he was 17th-best (29.5). He won’t be the first driver that you put on your roster this week, but if he fits one of the last two niches, he should be considered.

Group E: (Less than or equal to $5,900)

John Hunter Nemechek ($5,300)
Even though Nemechek is valued exactly the same as Matt Tifft, he is likely to be a much better value in the next two races. Last week’s 31 points earned for the AAA Texas 500 made him one of the most productive drivers in the bargain bin; this week should be even better as the series heads to a driver’s track where the man in the cockpit has a little more control over his fate than on unrestricted, intermediate speedways. Nemechek is auditioning for how his career will be shaped and that will give him an added impetus this week.

The top-10 points’ earners from this spring were: Kyle Busch (144.78), Ryan Blaney (76), Martin Truex Jr. (65.5), Kyle Larson (63), Aric Almirola (60), Clint Bowyer (56), Kurt Busch (46.5), Jimmie Johnson (44), Denny Hamlin (43.25), and Kevin Harvick (39.5).

Greatest Place-differential Points: Kyle Larson (25), Clint Bowyer (15), Aric Almirola (10), and Matt Tifft (10).

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Last 45 Days

Driver

Avg.
Rank

Total
Points
Earned

Avg.
Points

This
Week's
Cap

Points
Per K

Group

Martin Truex Jr.

9.50

473.25

78.88

$11,200

          7.04

A

Denny Hamlin

9.50

403.25

67.21

$10,600

          6.34

A

Kevin Harvick

7.17

369.75

61.63

$11,500

          5.36

A

Kyle Busch

13.83

250.25

41.71

$11,900

          3.50

A

Chase Elliott

22.33

137.00

22.83

$10,200

          2.24

A

 

Kyle Larson

14.33

263.75

43.96

$9,600

          4.58

B

Kurt Busch

14.00

233.50

38.92

$8,700

          4.47

B

Clint Bowyer

15.17

197.25

32.88

$8,900

          3.69

B

Ryan Blaney

14.83

202.75

33.79

$9,400

          3.59

B

Joey Logano

16.17

210.25

35.04

$9,900

          3.54

B

Brad Keselowski

19.50

132.75

22.13

$9,100

          2.43

B

Erik Jones

24.33

106.50

17.75

$8,500

          2.09

B

 

Matt DiBenedetto

16.50

214.50

35.75

$7,300

          4.90

C

William Byron

13.67

233.00

38.83

$8,300

          4.68

C

Paul Menard

17.33

184.00

30.67

$7,500

          4.09

C

Alex Bowman

17.33

177.50

29.58

$7,800

          3.79

C

Aric Almirola

19.50

175.75

29.29

$8,100

          3.62

C

Ryan Newman

19.17

160.25

26.71

$7,600

          3.51

C

Jimmie Johnson

24.00

107.75

17.96

$7,900

          2.27

C

 

Ty Dillon

16.00

191.25

31.88

$6,200

          5.14

D

Ryan Preece

17.83

196.00

32.67

$6,400

          5.10

D

Austin Dillon

16.67

195.25

32.54

$6,800

          4.79

D

Michael McDowell

21.00

154.50

25.75

$6,000

          4.29

D

Chris Buescher

21.67

152.75

25.46

$7,000

          3.64

D

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

19.50

143.75

23.96

$6,600

          3.63

D

Daniel Hemric

24.67

103.75

17.29

$6,100

          2.83

D

Daniel Suarez

27.00

73.00

12.17

$7,200

          1.69

D

 

JH Nemechek

17.00

31.00

31.00

$5,300

          5.85

E

Ross Chastain

20.17

170.00

28.33

$5,600

          5.06

E

Corey LaJoie

21.33

164.00

27.33

$5,800

          4.71

E

BJ McLeod

22.50

47.00

23.50

$5,100

          4.61

E

Landon Cassill

24.33

129.25

21.54

$4,900

          4.40

E

JJ Yeley

24.75

81.50

20.38

$5,000

          4.08

E

Joe Nemechek

25.00

41.00

20.50

$5,200

          3.94

E

Bubba Wallace

22.83

133.75

22.29

$5,700

          3.91

E

Reed Sorenson

27.40

73.50

14.70

$4,700

          3.13

E

Joey Gase

31.50

17.00

8.50

$4,600

          1.85

E

David Ragan

31.17

51.50

8.58

$5,500

          1.56

E

Bayley Currey

 

 

 

$4,800

             -  

E

 


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