Jan. 16, 2017
DFS NASCAR Recap - Kobalt 400
The phrase "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" might not apply after the Kobalt 400 yesterday.
Kyle Busch was very unhappy after the events that took place on the final lap. Kyle was racing on the outside line and looking to make a pass on the slower #22 car. Kyle pulled up on the rear of the #2 of Brad Keselowski(Joey's teammate) who was noticeably having issues and running slow. Kyle was forced down the track between the #2 and #22 to avoid a crash and possibly taking out all three drivers. Joey Logano appeared to not take kindly to Kyle moving down and bumping him and ended up getting into his left rear on the next turn sending the #18 spinning onto pit road. The real excitement started when KB18 made his way down pit road to the #22 pit stall where he met Joey Logano with a solid right fist to the face. He was then quickly jumped by the #22 team crew members and left bloodied while uttering "He's gonan get it". This was road rage at its best. This was, by no means, the highlight of the race but will be the most talked about subject throughout the week as we await NASCAR and their possible punishments.
The highlight of the race was the dominance of the #78 team and Martin Truex Jr. throughout the entire race. He started on the front row with pole winner Brad Keselowski and ended up leading 150 of 267 laps and swept all three stages en route to his first win of the year. Brad Keselowski was the closest to competing with Truex and actually passed him late in the race but was slowed up on the final lap after some car issues(still no word on the exact problem). Kevin Harvick, who was the highest owned DFS driver this week, looked poised to move to the front early in the race before blowing a tire, slamming into the wall and heading to the garage with a 38th place finish. Speaking of ownership and DFS let's take a look at the Top 20 in Ownership and Final DK points.
As you would expect when one driver dominates the race, the next tier of drivers in points are closely grouped together. Keselowski had a great car all day and finished with 89 points despite last lap issues which took a win away and gave him 5th place finish instead, a difference of 11 DK points(7 finishing pts & 4 place diff points). Michael McDowell ended up providing top value at $6,300. He was less than 3% owned in GPP's and ended up with the 13th most DK points(34.5). Early on in the season, McDowell, Whitt and DiBenedetto all sit inside the Top 20 in average DK points. Take this with a grain of salt as we have Michael Waltrip, Brendan Gaughan, and Elliott Sadler sitting inside the Top 20 as well and they have only raced the Daytona 500 and made it through the chaos. You can check out the complete Trends Sheet below:
[DFS NASCAR - Race by Race Trends]
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