2019 DFS NASCAR: The Clash Optimal Lineups (FREE PREVIEW)
Matt Selz pores over all of the stats, speeds, and qualifying spots to find the best DFS NASCAR plays from the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona for example lineups.
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Busch won the Ultimate Tailgating 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday evening.
The driver of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra put on an impressive show. Busch led 92 of the 130 laps and dominated the event. He would have to hold off a late challenge from Johnny Sauter, but would close the deal and take the checkers first. It was Busch's first win of the season and 52nd of his career. He passes Ron Hornaday Jr. and becomes the all-time winningest driver in truck series history.
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Bowyer was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 179.104 mph.
The No. 14 Ford Mustang has been consistently fast all weekend at Atlanta, so it was no surprise to see Bowyer lead the way in final practice. The Stewart Haas Racing veteran ran laps in persistent misty conditions, and edged Kyle Busch for the fastest lap of the session. Bowyer appears poised to challenge for the win in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
Added 3:32 pm (EST)
Busch crashed early in Saturday's Happy Hour practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team will have to go to the backup car for Sunday's race.
This is a terrible setback for the No. 18 Toyota team. Less than 10 minutes into final practice Busch would lose control while running high in the groove of turn 2. The rear of Busch's Toyota Camry would smack the outside wall hard and cause extensive damage. The team rolled out, and began immediately preparing the backup car so Busch could get some laps on it in this final practice. He will forfeit his sixth-place spot on the grid Sunday, and start from the rear of the field as a result.
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Almirola won the pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 181.473 mph.
The No. 10 Ford was consistently fast in all three rounds of knockout qualifying. Almirola would turn a great second lap in round 3 and knock Clint Bowyer from atop the scoring pylon to earn the pole position for Sunday's race. It was his second-career Cup Series pole and first since the 2012 season. The Stewart Haas Racing veteran looks like a Top-5 threat for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
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Bowyer was fastest in opening practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 180.152 mph.
This was more of a qualifying practice than a race practice. Teams worked on individual runs in qualifying trim primarily. A pair of Fords led the way with Bowyer's No. 14 at the top of the scoring pylon. The Stewart Haas Racing veteran edged his teammate, Aric Almirola, for the fastest lap of the session. Bowyer has been a steady performer at the Atlanta oval the past two seasons. He should crack the Top 10 in Sunday's 500-mile race.
Added Yesterday 1:06 pm (EST)
Motorsport.com has learned that Busch has agreed terms to re-sign with Toyota's Joe Gibbs Racing in a multi-year deal that will be formally revealed in the coming days.
This comes as little surprise as the 2015 Cup Series champion has been one of the most dominant drivers in the garage area in recent years. Busch is coming off a career-best eight-win campaign and is established as one of the top stars in the sport. He was quoted during Speedweeks as saying a deal was in place, and all that was left was the formal announcement. We should receive that in the coming days from JGR.
Added Feb 20 12:29 pm (EST)
Within fewer than 50 laps remaining Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson went from a battle for the lead with teammate William Byron to two laps down outside the Top 30, then back up to ninth to secure a Top-10 finish, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
It was a wild race of changing fortunes for Johnson. It looked pretty bleak on lap 160 when he pitted for service and was rolled up by two wrecking cars coming onto pit road. The No. 48 Chevrolet would get extensive damage to the left rear quarter. The Hendrick team did not give up and kept Johnson alive to fight for the next 40 laps. Ultimately Johnson would come through the final cautions with a wounded car, but still running, which was better than most. The Top-10 finish was a great way to start the season for the seven-time champion, and it was his first Daytona Top 10 in his last seven starts at the Florida oval.
Added Feb 18 1:45 pm (EST)
Larson finished seventh in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Superspeedway racing has never really been Larson's forte. He bucked that trend Sunday in the Great American Race with a surprising finish. At one point during the middle of this 500-mile battle. the Chip Ganassi Racing star was improbably battling with leader, Matt DiBenedetto, to stay on the lead lap. Larson would succeed and catch an opportunistic caution to save his lap. The No. 42 Chevrolet would receive some damage in the late "big one", but Larson would keep his car pointed towards the finish despite the damage. It was just his third Daytona Top 10 in 11 starts, and just his fifth superspeedway Top 10 in 21starts.
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