Pennzoil 400: Top-5 NASCAR DFS Targets on DraftKings
The NASCAR action to start the 2022 season has been nothing short of stellar. Prior to Daytona many were skeptical of the new car, but with a month in the books, it’s pretty obvious this new package and these cars are going to produce exciting racing all season. Kyle Larson was the favorite last week in his home state of California and was able to bring it home in the end after a tangle with teammate Chase Elliott late in the race. My fellow Michigan native Erik Jones over at Petty GMS Motorsports had an excellent showing, finishing second in stages one and two, then bringing it home third when the checkers fell.
The core of the NASCAR schedule remains intermediate tracks, (1.5-mile D-shaped ovals). Fontana was a mile and a half, and this week’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one as well. So where do we go when it comes to NASCAR DFS? Well, we’re about to jump in. Will there be more surprises this Sunday? It’s hard to say, but we’re going to do our best to make some of that DraftKings money because we like when our bank accounts
Pennzoil 400: Top-5 NASCAR DFS Targets on DraftKings
Kyle Larson | 5 | Hendrick Motorsports | Chevrolet | $11,300
When it comes to defending Cup Series Champion, Kyle Larson, not a lot really needs to be said. All signs point to him continuing his dominance into 2022, following his impressive win at Auto Club last weekend. In Larson’s last five races at Las Vegas, he has one win, one top-5, four top-10s, five top 20s, and has led 200 laps. Cliff Daniels has the #5 car dialed in again and I expect Larson to be one of two dominators this Sunday.
Some cat named Kyle Larson is quickest in Cup practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
— Aaron Bearden (@aaronbearden93) March 5, 2022
He is pricy at $11k, but he’s once again going to be tough to beat on the intermediate tracks.
Pay up for KL this week and lock him in for cash and GPPs.
Joey Logano | 22 | Team Penske | Ford | $10,800
Team Penske driver Joey Logano has been the cream of the crop as of late when it comes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Over his last six races, he has amassed two wins, two top-5s, four top-10s, has finished every race during that span, and has led a very respectable 253 laps. My NASCAR DFS strategy this weekend is to land two dominators and also roster some guys coming from mid-pack. Logano starts Sunday’s race from the sixth position and should make his way to the front to lead some more laps.
He has looked good to start the season, and I expect him to carry that momentum into the race that is sponsored by his sponsor, Shell Pennzoil.
Kevin Harvick | 4 | Stewart-Haas Racing | Ford | $9,100
Stewart-Haas Racing’s veteran driver, Kevin Harvick, has more races under his belt than any other active Cup Series competitor in Las Vegas. Over his long career, he has raced here a whopping 25 times, racking up two wins along the way. In recent history, Harvick has had two top-5s and five top-10s and has also led 227 laps during the last six races at the mile and a half speedway.
KH starts Sunday’s race from the 25th position, meaning there are a lot of valuable position differential points to be made as “The Closer” likely makes his way into the top ten by the finish of the race. I like Harvick for both cash and GPPs too.
Erik Jones | 43 | Petty-GMS Motorsports | Chevrolet | $7,300
Statically speaking, Las Vegas Motor Speedway hasn’t been Jones’ best track as of late, having just two top-10s and three top-20s over his last six races there. However, he has looked great to start 2022 as we previously mentioned. With the #43 car once again looking competitive, look for Jones to give his numbers at this race track a boost on Sunday. He also has a nice price tag of $7,300 on DraftKings and starts the race from the 23rd position.
Erik Jones started second and finished third at Fontana. Is that parity brought by the new car, or is that having a new crew chief and the Petty-GMS merger? His thoughts: pic.twitter.com/s25TzUlE2u
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 4, 2022
If Jones is able to move up through the field with Harvick, that gives us yet another solid chunk of place differential points. Jones has three top-10s to start this new season, and believe he will make it a fourth on Sunday afternoon.
Ty Dillon | 42 | Petty-GMS Motorsports | Chevrolet | $5,600
We’re not going too far in terms of teams as we’re grabbing Jones’ teammate, Ty Dillon as our salary relief driver for Sunday. Dillon started the Daytona 500 from the 26th position and was able to bring the fellow Petty-GMS Chevy home in 11th. At Auto Club last weekend, he started 18th and finished in 17th. He will roll off the grid from all the way back in 32nd and should be able to move forward through the afternoon.
Again, the Petty-GMS cars look as good as they have in a long time and offer us a great opportunity to score a lot of DKFPs again this week. At $5,600, he’s just too hard for me to pass on.
A few Pennzoil 400 outright betting odds, at BetMGM, that caught my eye
Erik Jones, 20/1
Christopher Bell, 33/1
Buescher, 125/1 (compared to 70/1 at DKS)
— RaceSheetsDFS (Phill) (@RaceSheetsDFS) March 1, 2022
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