It’s time for Daytona Duels 2020 to determine starting positions for the 500. Trevor Marcotte gets you ready for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel DFS slate!
BLUEGREEN VACATIONS DUEL QUICK FACTS
- Daytona International Speedway
- Thursday 2/13/20 – 7:00 PM
- 2.5 mile, Paved
And the season is off and running. Same as last week, I will stress to not let it all fly in these races with fewer laps and not full fields, plus they are plate races. Do not…….I repeat, do not dump your bankrolls into these volatile events. The good stuff is to come in the following weeks. With that said, here we go.
Let me explain what the Duels are for those of you who are not familiar. They are two 60 lap preliminary races to determine the starting order for the Daytona 500. Position 1 and 2 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman) have already been determined; 3 thru 38 will run the Duel to determine their starting position.
Qualifying speeds have determined which Duel the drivers will be in – Even Numbered and Odd Numbered starting position – so, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. and 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. For example, the winner of the Odd Duel will start 3rd, and the 3rd place will start 7th. Same for the Even Duel with the winner starting 4th and 3rd place 8th.
The following drivers will take place in the Odd Duel:
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Clint Bowyer||JH Nemechek||Daniel Suárez|
|Chase Elliott||Ryan Newman||Ryan Blaney||Quin Houff|
|Denny Hamlin||Ryan Preece||Austin Dillon||Chad Finchum|
|Aric Almirola||Chris Buescher||Justin Haley||Joey Gase|
|Christopher Bell||Martin Truex Jr.||Bubba Wallace|
|Joey Logano||Brad Keselowski||Reed Sorenson|
The following drivers will take place in the Even Duel:
|Alex Bowman||Cole Custer||David Ragan||J.J. Yeley|
|Jimmie Johnson||Matt DiBenedetto||Ross Chastain||Brennan Poole|
|Kyle Busch||Tyler Reddick||Ty Dillon||B.J. McLeod|
|William Byron||Kyle Larson||Brendan Gaughan|
|Erik Jones||Kurt Busch||Timmy Hill|
|Kevin Harvick||Michael McDowell||Corey LaJoie|
NASCAR DFS PROCESS
Let me give you guys a better idea of what we are doing here for NASCAR. We put out an early article with some track stats and what drivers I will have my eyes on, based on some numbers. Things can change once qualifying and practice are over. So then we put out an update with drivers who seem to be fast or have had a good or bad qualifying run. I put out a total of 12 drivers I like and a few who I am off. The guys I am off are typically guys who don’t run that well here and have qualified in a decent position.
I am trying to narrow things down for you. Too much information can just be confusing. If you need more information, you can look at the projections tab.
Let’s take a look at some of the track stats for Daytona.
*Hey Mafia. This is another “Degenerates R’ Us” race. A short 60 lap event to determine starting positions for the 500. The best approach will be similar to last week. Do not go all in; make multiple lineups and get used to the scoring. There are 21 and 22 drivers in each of the Duels. The real fun starts on Sunday!!
BLUEGREEN VACATIONS DUEL DFS PICKS
The drivers listed below are in order of how much I like them.
Denny Hamlin ($9,800) – Starting 3rd
Brad Keselowski ($9,300) – Starting 12th
Chase Elliott ($9,600) – Starting 2nd
Kevin Harvick ($9,700) – Starting 6th
Kyle Busch ($9,900) – Starting 3rd
William Byron ($9,200) – Starting 4th
Jimmie Johnson ($9,400) – Starting 2nd
Ryan Blaney ($8,800) – Starting 14th
Aric Almirola ($8,500) – Starting 4th
Clint Bowyer ($8,300) – Starting 7th
Austin Dillon ($7,800) – Starting 15th
Kurt Busch ($9,000) – Starting 11th
Matt DiBenedetto ($8,500) – Starting 8th
Kyle Larson ($8,300) – Starting 10th
Erik Jones ($8,700) – Starting 5th
Cole Custer ($8,000) – Starting 7th
Daniel Suárez ($6,200) – Starting 19th
Bubba Wallace ($6,600) – Starting 17th
JH Nemechek ($6,400) – Starting 13th
Justin Haley ($5,900) – Starting 16th
Michael McDowell ($6,700) – Starting 12th
Ty Dillon ($6,200) – Starting 15th
David Ragan ($6,400) – Starting 13th
Ross Chastain ($7,200) – Starting 14th
A few parting notes: Do not be afraid to leave money on the table. As I said, this is similar to last week, with only 21 drivers in the field and only 60 laps. A multi-lineup approach will yield the best results.
Good luck and make sure to let me know of any successful cashes! As usual, if you have any questions, hit me up on Twitter, @trmp31.