NASCAR is back for its 66th season!!! The Cup Series will once again travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. This is not my favorite race on the schedule, but it is racing and DraftKings and FanDuel have contests for it, so let’s try to win some cash…
CLASH AT THE COLISEUM FORMAT
The 2024 season is not off to a good start. Mother Nature forced NASCAR to move the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum from Sunday to a Saturday Night Short Track Race. The Heat Races and Last Chance Qualifying Races have been canceled. The field for the Busch Light Clash Race was determined by practice speed. Track position is everything in this race, so the speeds from practice are important.
CLASH RACE PRACTICE SPEEDS
The driver who had the fastest speed I practice last year was Martin Truex Jr. Guess who won the race? Your right, it was MTJ. The second-fastest driver was Bubba Wallace. The No. 23 car led the second-most laps in the featured race last year. We can learn a bit from the practice speeds, but starting position is important too. The driver’s who finished in the top-four last year all started in the top-10. Six of the top-10 finishers all started in the top-10. We need to focus on the practice speeds and the starting positions for Sunday night’s race. Here are the practice speeds from Saturday…
STATS FOR FIRST TWO CLASH RACES
There have been two Clash at the Coliseum races, so now we have a bit more data to work with. Here are the driver’s stats from the first two Clash at the Coliseum races…
DRAFTKINGS STRATEGIES FOR BUSCH LIGHT CLASH
There will be 150-laps in the race Sunday and only green flag laps will count in the race. That means there are 37.5 points available for leading laps and 67.5 points available for fastest laps (105 dominator points). We need to score as many of these dominator points as possible. The drivers who started No. 1 (Kyle Busch), No. 2 (Tyler Reddick) and No. 3 (Joey Logano) led all 150 laps and scored 60 dominator points in 2022. The drivers who started No.1 Aric Almirola, No. 2 Martin Truex Jr. and No. 3 Denny Hamlin last year led 67 laps and scored 16.75 dominator points. There is a good chance the drivers who win their heat races and start up front will score most of the dominator points Sunday. We need to pay up for these drivers and try to be contrarian with the rest of our lineup.
The Toyota’s looked really fast in practice. Everyone is going to load their lineups with the Toyota’s. I will use them in my Cash and Single-Entry Contests lineups. I will use some of the drivers who have had speed in the past (Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Joey Logano and Chase Briscoe) in my Tournament Contest lineups.
DRAFTKINGS BUSCH LIGHT CLASH (CASH CONTEST)
* You are going to need at least three dominators in your lineup because you need to capture as many of the laps led and fastest laps bonus points as possible.
DRAFTKINGS BUSCH LIGHT CLASH (TOURNAMENT CONTEST)
FANDUEL BUSCH LIGHT CLASH PICKS
* FanDuel does not award points for fastest laps and the site does not award as many points for leading laps as DraftKings. We need to focus our picks on finishing position points and place differential points. We need all of our drivers to finish in the top-10 and hopefully score some place differential points on the way.
** The DFS Picks will be much more detailed in the regular season races and they will include the point’s prediction model.
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