Nascar 101


Our good friend Jason Thompson @HTTR_NJ on Twitter took some time, and put together a basic NASCAR DFS article for us that I would like to share with you below. Jason is a a diehard NJ Devils NY Yankees and Redskin fan and has had some great success playing DFS NASCAR. Please give Jason a Follow on Twitter @HTTR_NJ

Understanding DFS Nascar

DFS Nascar is a totally different animal compared to other sports like NBA, NFL and others. The basics are the same, picking the best six drivers that you think will do well and enter it into a contest.


Just like any other sport you have to pick 6 drivers while staying under the salary cap if $50,000. Just like other sports your drivers score points based on their performance during the race. Below you will see the outline of points and how they are scored.

Scoring (@Draftkings)

There are a number of different ways that a driver can score points for in DFS.

  • -Drivers receive +0.5 Points every time they have the fastest lap time
  • They receive +1 point or -1 point based upon their starting position vs their finishing position. So if a driver starts 20th and finishes 10th they get +10pts.
  • They receive +0.25 for every lap led.


They receive points for their finishing position as well which you will find below:

  •             1st       46pts
  •             2nd      42pts
  •             3rd       41pts
  •             4th       40pts
  •             5th       39pts
  •             6th       38pts
  •             7th       37pts
  •             8th       36pts
  •             9th       35pts
  •             10th     34pts
  •             11th     33pts
  •             12th     32pts
  •             13th     31pts
  •             14th     30pts
  •             15th     29pts
  •             16th     28pts
  •             17th     27pts
  •             18th     26pts
  •             19th     25pts
  •             20th     24pts
  •             21st     23pts
  •             22nd    22pts
  •             23rd     21pts
  •             24th     20pts
  •             25th     19pts
  •             26th     18pts
  •             27th     17pts
  •             28th     16pts
  •             29th     15pts
  •             30th     14pts
  •             31st     13pts
  •             32nd    12pts
  •             33rd     11pts
  •             34th     10pts
  •             35th     9pts
  •             36th     8pts
  •             37th     7pts
  •             38th     6pts
  •             39th     5pts
  •             40th     4pts
  •             41st     3pts
  •             42nd    2pts
  •             43rd     1pt

As you can see from the scoring breakdown above there are many different ways to get points, it’s really important to pick consistent drivers but also to remember that each track is different.


Nascar DFS is for sure weighted mostly with finishing position. So one of the most important things you want to look for is the driver’s chance of winning the race, or finishing towards the top. Of course nothing is guaranteed and there is always that chance of a decent wreck that can take out half the field.

Another important aspect to look at is the place differential that I explained up top. For example some drivers don’t qualify well for whatever reason but do great on race day. This also works both ways there are drivers that qualifying is their strong point and qualify towards the top on a consistent basis but come race day they slip. (These are the drivers you want to avoid because it could result in negative points)

Example: Kyle Busch gets the pole for the upcoming race, then fails inspection and has to move to the back of the field to start the race. For me this would be a nice pick because he has tremendous upside starting from the back and remembering the place differential in scoring.  So starting 39th and lets say he finishes 2nd he then will get 37pts.  Now on the flip side of things if your driver that you choose is starting from the pole position he can really only lose you points based on the place differential so that is another thing to consider.

Lineups Based on Tracks

In my opinion this is a huge factor when considering choosing your driver lineup. Reason being the obvious not all tracks are the same. You have your super speedways like Daytona, Talladega etc, then you have your short tracks like Bristol, Martinsville, and also your road courses.

All drivers have their favorite tracks which they usually run good at and or even have won before. Some drivers are really good at superspeedways and not so great on short tracks, so on and so forth.

So one thing I would look for is the previous races at this track and see how each driver may have done at this race. Check out their average finish, where they started to where they finished, and if they have ever won there before this will help you get a better idea on who to choose.

Driver stats

One thing that you don’t want to do is pick your drivers just based on the standings, this will almost for sure set you up for failure.

A Couple things that you want to look at is Average start position, Average finish position, laps led. You want to take into account all those stats to help you determine who you want to go with.


Just like any other DFS sport you want to make sure you do your homework before putting together a lineup. You don’t want to just pick your favorite drivers and go with that. You also want to make sure you are staying up to date all the way up to race day. There may be drivers that crashed in practice, failed inspection etc and may need to start in the back of the field.  In the end do some homework research, find the winners and make that money.

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