Track: Daytona International Speedway
Type: Superspeedway (2.5 miles)
Time: 3:00EST on FOX Sports 1
How to Play This Week:
This is not your typical NASCAR race as this is a 75 lap exhibition of the pole winners from last season. Because of this, only 20 drivers qualified for this race. The Clash has 2 segments: 25 laps to a competition caution and then a 50 lap race to the finish. A random drawing will determine all starting positions. Picking the top racers here will matter a lot with the small field. Whenever possible, get lap differential involved in your choices. Those points can make a huge difference. Almost any lineup you want this week can be had on DraftKings, but will have to sacrifice some of the better options to complete a roster on FanDuel.
Keep in mind that this raced is used by some to just get some more practice laps in. You can play this race a couple of ways: 1. Load up on guys in the back with the intent that they will finish up top (place differential), or 2. Play guys who have been here and have done well closer to the top, or 3. A little of both!
Practice Data – 1 Practice
|Driver||Best time||Best Speed|
|Martin Truex Jr.||46.289||194.431|
These are the guys I like this week. Unfortunately, it’s a short field this week and it means we may see a lot of similar lineups. It also means that you probably shouldn’t go nuts here.
In the last 6 exhibition races here in Daytona, Logano hasn’t finished worse than 6th. His starting position of 7 isn’t ideal to make up for place differential, but his history in this race is enough for me to seriously consider him. Especially with how quick his car was in practice. He also has 5 top 10 finishes in the last 8 full races here. It’s very possible that he will be the chalk in this race, so don’t be surprised to see his ownership quite high since he is the reigning cup champ.
Hamlin has 3 wins in this race, with 2 of them coming in the last 5 years. He has had some success on this track in the past in general, but has also had some poor showings. Last season wasn’t his best, but he did good enough to finish 11th in the cup standings. He’ll be starting in the back of the pack since he’s using a backup car due to his crash at practice. This is good as he should be able to move up and get some place differential points.
Keselowski won this race last season, and if you remove his result from 2015, he has a pretty good track record in this race. In his last 5 cup races at Daytona, he has 4 crashes and 1 race win which isn’t great, but he is coming off of a great season where he finished 8th in cup points. His starting position hurts him since he’s starting 3rd, but if you’re looking for place differential, but his car should be quick enough to keep him up front barring a crash.
Kevin Harvick is coming off of the best season of his career with 8 race wins, 23 top 5s, and 29 top 10s. He’s had some decent luck in this race in particular, winning it in 2013, with a couple of top 5s since then. He’ll be starting closer to the front in 6th in this race, which is not going to help you with a lot of differential points. Historically he has some crashes in Daytona, but he also has a couple of wins as well. hopefully he’s able to avoid them this time and finish up top.
Kurt has a new owner to impress this season, and that’s exactly what he plans to do in this race. He hasn’t had much luck here recently, with 3 crashes in his last 3 races. He did finish 3rd here in the Clash last season. Before that though he did have his first and only win here at Daytona. The biggest benefit you get with him in this race is that he will be starting near the back which will help with his positional differential.
Dillon likes racing here. He’s been able to place in the top 10 of 70% of his cup races in Daytona. He’s also managed to score a top 5 and a top 10 here in 2 of his last 3 exhibition races. He does well in this style of race and he’s worth a shot.
Remember, this isn’t a week to go all in. I recommend playing light and playing GPPs over cash games. Good luck!