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Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Current Form, Track History, and Betting Odds for the Go Bowling at The Glen

Kurt Busch will start in the middle of the pack but has been consistently in contention on road courses. Which other drivers boast place-differential potential for NASCAR DFS at Watkins Glen?

For the entirety of this week's track preview, we dwelled on how important it was to identify place-differential options this week in NASCAR DFS at Watkins Glen. It's the optimal strategy for this race.

That's all well and good. But it might be helpful if we, ya know, told you who fit within that creed.

Do not sweat it, comrade. That is our goal here today.

The data sheet below is sorted by the starting order for Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen. Our mission is to check out drivers who are starting further back and build around them for cash games and in our core for tournaments. We want that upside, and we want it bad.

It helps that we know which drivers are likely to be competitive. This is the fifth road course race of the year, and if we lean on the previous four, we should be well-positioned to choose wisely.

Those four races -- along with the two from last year -- are the first races listed in the sheet. Then the current form section includes relevant races using the 750-horsepower package, omitting Darlington (a super unique track) and Bristol (run on dirt).

As always, the data listed here is each driver's average running position rather than their finish. Finishes can be fluky, as evidenced by Michael McDowell ($7,300 on FanDuel) at Sonoma. McDowell was running in the top 10 late in that race but spun in the closing laps to finish 28th. His finish was underwhelming, even for a non-stud. But his 16th-place average running position shows that he had a competitive car that day.

The other data listed is each driver's starting position, FanDuel salary, and win odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. The win odds are in fractional form, so Chase Elliott ($14,500) being listed at 1.8 means he is +180 to win.

Road
Courses
Current
Form
DriverFD
Salary
Win
Odds
StartingRoad
America
SonomaCOTADaytonaCharlotte
2020
Daytona
2020
New
Hampshire
NashvilleDoverDarlingtonRichmondPhoenix
Brad Keselowski$9,500351201322169153181120104
Joey Logano$11,5001921311758122089632
Ryan Blaney$10,30032319162321121443798125
Kyle Larson$13,5004.2473710----81172111
Kevin Harvick$9,00032521173391618485878
Denny Hamlin$12,00014681215419511106424
Christopher Bell$11,20014711173061115714211189
Aric Almirola$7,00015081821231721168622371214
Martin Truex Jr.$13,00089137257118201913146
Alex Bowman$10,00031101112151711231115614817
Chase Elliott$14,5001.811758583886111212
Ross Chastain$8,500471210141030----91014151620
Tyler Reddick$8,8003513817142516238191371521
Matt DiBenedetto$8,300751481917272115101924151114
William Byron$10,800191512151815813151146811
Austin Dillon$6,000170161919191422--201811181021
Kurt Busch$10,500241711912999111112301514
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.$5,0002001825322123221816620231812
Cole Custer$6,50015019212030121822152118312519
Kyle Busch$12,500820887211120369288918
Daniel Suarez$7,5008521371835192626211514231824
Erik Jones$5,5007522191520211113201822172317
Ryan Preece$5,00017023392512181520242622242725
Chris Buescher$6,8008524161716152016243113122623
Michael McDowell$7,3007525221611202011242125252724
Bubba Wallace$4,00020026222731251920222315222416
Chase Briscoe$8,000552717191222----231830152319
Ryan Newman$4,50020028272422232624222124142827
Corey LaJoie$4,00020029242118272526242728232224
Justin Haley$3,0002003026--3630----2632--283828
Anthony Alfredo$3,5002003129242230----322228273236
Garrett Smithley$2,00020032--342833--33332734--3335
Kyle Tilley$2,0002003337--30------------------
Josh Bilicki$2,000200342830303231--313135333735
Quin Houff$2,50020035343433403235333931313433
James Davison$2,5002003631273228303136--36323533
RC Enerson$2,00020037------------------------


Among the studs, both the Busch brothers stand out in terms of their place-differential appeal.

Kyle Busch ($12,500) will start 20th but has shown quality speed on road courses this year. He enters with three straight top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-fives, and he has had a top-eight average running position in all three of those races. Busch's best runs have largely come in the 550-horsepower rules package, but given the strength specifically on road courses, we can build heavily around him on Sunday.

Kurt Busch ($10,500) is just a couple spots higher in 17th and has been similarly strong on these tracks thus far. He was fourth at Road America, his third top-five finish in six road courses since the start of 2020. That's in addition to a sixth-place finish in Sonoma. Given the starting spots and likely speed, the Busch brothers should be building blocks for cash games and in our core for tournaments.

Lower in the salary pool, McDowell and Chase Briscoe ($8,000) are primed to make up ground during the race. Although McDowell couldn't finish the job in Sonoma, he did so this year at the Daytona roval and at COTA with finishes of eighth and seventh, respectively. Coming from the 25th spot, McDowell has upside.

Briscoe will roll off one row behind him in 27th and has shown the ability to claw his way through the pack this year. The past three road course races, Briscoe's average starting spot is 29.0; his average finish is 9.7. Briscoe was a two-time winner on road courses in the Xfinity Series, as well, meaning this small-sample success is likely to stick.