DraftKings / Fantasy Live Preview for Indianapolis


The MENCS drivers will have one more chance to qualify for the playoffs if they are not already locked in. The drivers who already have their spot will be trying to collect playoff points and move further into the top 10. Each spot in the top 10 regular season standings is worth points. These bonus points could be the difference between moving on in the playoffs and being eliminated. It should be fun to see the drivers battle it out at the Brickyard. The Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

NASCAR will have a condensed schedule this week. There will be two practices Saturday and qualifying Sunday morning. The first practice is at 11 a.m. ET (Sat) and final practice is at 1:30 p.m. ET (Sat). Qualifying will be Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Our Fantasy Live Pole pick needs to be submitted before qualifying Sunday morning. I will post my pick Saturday night.

I hate this schedule because I am usually busy with Fantasy Football Sunday mornings so I will have to post my picks before qualifying on Saturday night. I will post a screen shot of my picks after qualifying Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Brickyard 400 last year. It was his 3rd consecutive pole at the track. The No. 18 car led 27 laps, finished 5th in Stage 1 and finished 8th in the race. Clint Bowyer led 37 laps and won Stage 1. The No. 14 car finished the race in 5th place. Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick took turns leading laps. Hamlin led 37 and finished 3rd and Harvick led 22 and finished 4th. In the end Brad Keselowski used his fresh tires to run down Hamlin and win the race and kiss the brick.

Race Rewind at Indianapolis: Brickyard 400 (2018)

Here are my picks for Indianapolis…


DraftKings NASCAR Preview

Indianapolis is a unique track. It is a 2.5-mile flat oval track. The Brickyard was not designed for stockcars. Indi-cars can ark the corners easily because they do not have the weight of a 3,300 pound stockcar. This week the drivers will go 205 MPH down the front stretch and it will look like a dead-end ahead. The teams who can get the balance in their car to help it rotate through the four corners will be upfront. Passing will be incredibly difficult so track position will be crucial this week.

There are 160 laps in the race Sunday (400-miles). That means there is 40 points available for leading laps and 80 points available for fastest laps. The race last year was a three dominator race. I think we need to look at the Pocono races this year. The races at the Tricky Triangle were also three dominators races so I expect there to be three dominators in the race Sunday. The draft comes into play so the fastest laps are spread throughout the field.

The drivers I expect to dominate the race Sunday include: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin


Top 15 DraftKings Drivers in Last 3 Races at Indianapolis


Avg. Finish Pos. Laps Led

DK Points

1.      Kyle Busch




2.      Kevin Harvick




3.      Brad Keselowski




4.      Denny Hamlin




5.      Joey Logano




6.      Paul Menard




7.      Daniel Suarez




8.      Chris Buescher




9.      Ty Dillon




10.   Clint Bowyer




11.   Joey Gase




12.   Michael McDowell




13.   Gray Gaulding




14.   William Byron




15.   Kyle Larson





I will not have time to post detailed DFS lineups this week since the cars qualify on Sunday. I will post a screenshot of my lineup on the website though.


Fantasy Live Preview

The Fantasy Live picks continue to perform well. The picks are now beating 99.7% of the competition. We have one more race before the playoff game is released. It looks like the picks will finish in the top 99% for the 7 straight season but I want to be in the top 99.9% for the second straight season. I think the picks for Sunday can get us the points we need to do that.


*Pick for the Pole*: Our pick for the pole needs to be in before qualifying at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday. My pole pick will be posted after the final practice Saturday night.


Allocation Management

This is the last race of the Fantasy Live regular season. There is no need to save allocations. Do not be the person in your league that ends the season with 2 or 3 allocations left with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. or Joey Logano. If any of the top drivers look fast in practice, get them into your lineups this week because there is no tomorrow.

Here are the drivers I have penciled in right now…


Starting Drivers for Fantasy Live

Brad Keselowski (1): Keselowski won this race last year and he will have a good chance to do it again. Pit strategy and fuel mileage always comes into play at Indianapolis and that plays right into the hands of the No. 2 team. The 550 HP aero package will bring the draft into play more this year and Keselowski is one of the best at manipulating the air. This is a great week to use Keselowski.

Joey Logano (1): Logano is still looking for his first win at Indianapolis. The race Sunday should be his best chance to kiss the bricks. The 550 HP aero package will make Indianapolis race like a Superspeedway. That means the drivers who are good at Darlington and Talladega should be good Sunday. Logano is the best driver at both tracks. He should be able to use the draft to stay in the top 10 and score a lot of Stage points this week.

Kyle Larson (2): Larson is on a heater right now. He has finished 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 8th and 5th since the middle of July. Larson also finished 5th at Pocono in late July and that should translate into success Sunday. Chip Ganassi is still looking for his first Brickyard 400. The team will bring their best cars to the track this week.

Erik Jones (2): The track that is most similar to Indianapolis is Pocono and the best driver at the Tricky Triangle this season was Jones. He finished 3rd in the June race and 2nd in July. Jones finished 2nd at the Brickyard 400 last year so he knows his way around this track.  Jones won last week and he could easily be back in Victory Lane Sunday.

Ryan Blaney (3): The teams with the most horsepower usually finish up front at the Brickyard. It is hard to bet against the Yates Ford Engines. They have dominated the Superspeedways and they could do the same Sunday. Blaney is a driver who loves fast tracks. The cars should be wide open this week so Blaney should be able to draft his way to the front. I feel safe using an allocation with the No. 12 car this week.


Garage Driver

My Garage Driver this week will likely be Clint Bowyer (2). Bowyer is a hard driver to trust but he ran well last week at Darlington (One of his worst tracks). Bowyer currently sits 8 points above the cut line for the playoffs. The No. 14 team will use pit strategy and fuel strategy to score as many Stage points as possible. He finished 5th in this race last year. I expect a strong run from Bowyer under pressure at the Brickyard.


* Other drivers I really like (in order) are: 1. Kyle Busch (Out of Allocations), Kevin Harvick (Out of Allocations, Kurt Busch (Out of Allocations), Denny Hamlin (Out of allocations), Martin Truex Jr. (Out of allocations) and Ryan Newman.

** If I had unlimited allocations my rankings would be: 1. Kyle Busch, 2. Brad Keselowski, 3. Denny Hamlin, 4. Kurt Busch, 5. Kevin Harvick, 6. Joey Logano, 7. Kyle Larson, 8. Erik Jones, 9. Martin Truex Jr., 9. Chase Elliott, 10. Clint Bowyer, 11. Ryan Blaney, 12. Ryan Newman


Bonus Picks

My Bonus Picks will be updated after I see the cars on the track this weekend. Here are my thoughts right now…

Pick for the Pole: Kyle Busch

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Winning Manufacture: Toyota



*Stats from Driveraverages.com, Racing-Reference.Info and NASCAR Media.

** Photos from NASCAR Media


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