Get the full scoop for the 2020 running of GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway from Mike Forbes!
Wow, what a weekend it was for NASCAR. We had a little bit of everything at Talladega and the racing did not disappoint. After Justin Haley won Saturday to complete his efforts to win at all three national touring series, we got another rain impacted race that caused the green flag to fly Monday rather than on Sunday.
After NASCAR banned the confederate flag from its races, we somehow found a way for NASCAR to stay in the spotlight of the racial divide in the country. There were planes flying the confederate flag over the track. Protesters proudly flying the flag on the roadways leading in and what was thought to be a noose in the series only African American driver’s garage stall. After an investigation, it was determined the rope was tied like a noose since at least last October and Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.
With NASCAR staying in the spotlight and being one of the only sports to actually be putting on events, that means more and more people are going to be jumping on and playing daily fantasy NASCAR.
2020 Talladega GEICO 500 DFS Lessons
Like the actual race, Talladega provides even the most novice fans a chance to cash some big paydays. Prizes at the bigger and more well-known tracks can provide better payouts.
If you read the preview article, you know it isn’t like we just throw darts at a wall, however. A little research will lead you to the drivers who consistently finish these races. With the big one always looming, finishing is a huge key and can usually equal a top 20 payday.
When the checkered flag waived Monday evening, it was Ryan Blaney in victory lane. Penske drivers have shown they are the class of the field when it comes to plate racing. I had him just outside the top ten, but he proved he is a force to be reckoned with at the races.
Finishing second and third were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola. Both of these drivers were in the starting five this week. Aric Almirola actually finished the race backwards, as he spun coming to the checkered flag.
Other drivers in the starting five finished as follows – Joey Logano 17th after leading a bunch of laps throughout the day, Ryan Preece finished 15th, and Chase Elliott, who crashed early, came home 38th and hurt the lineup.
Luckily, as we pointed out in the preview, Talladega is a track where multiple lineups are needed to secure a payday once the race is complete.
In addition to Stenhouse, Almirola and Preece, other strong finishers we were high on included Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin – all who finished in the top 10 – and by diversifying our lineups, we were able to cash some solid payouts.
The biggest losers of the race were Matt Kenseth, who finished 40th, and Austin Dillon, who came home 39th. Both drivers have had some success at superspeedways in the past, but this week was not good for them.
The biggest surprises of the race were John Hunter Nemechek, who after spinning early came back to finish 8th. Ty Dillon, who has also had some success at plate racing, would bring the number 13 car home in 12th. Bubba Wallace, who led some laps on an emotional day, would finish 14th. Last but not least, Corey LaJoie finished 16th. All these drivers had huge value if you had them in your lineup.
Looking back at the race, it may have been the most exciting Talladega race I have seen in quite some time. The track is notorious for single line racing until the last 15 laps, but with the new aero package, side-by-side racing was the rule all afternoon.
So, with Talladega in the rearview mirror, we look ahead to this weekend and the doubleheader for the cup series. That means we get two opportunities to cash in on some daily fantasy. This will be a first for NASCAR and was one of the new quirks in the schedule even before Covid-19. We will have a full preview for the races this weekend in the coming days.
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