Pure craziness. That’s the theme of this week’s race as Talladega comes a callin’ once more this year. This is the longest track on the Cup series schedule at 2.66 miles per lap and it’s also the fastest due to the steepest banking in the turns at 33 degrees and 16.5 on the front stretch.

The speeds and style of pack racing at this track can cause chaos with regularity throughout the race and thus these types of races become a bit of a dart throw to a degree. The typical strategy for races here don’t necessarily hold as you are generally hoping for a crash to get your guys up in field for position differential and you’re not typically concerned with laps led or fastest laps because those are so random here they typically don’t add up to much of an advantage.

If you look at the table below, you’ll see what the strategy is here. It is usually beneficial to play a driver or two from the top-15 starting spots and then fill in the rest of the roster with those starting further back and you will have quite a bit of money left over on your roster, so don’t fret.

Average Points By Starting Position

Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank
Chase Elliott 1 19.15 28 35.04 29 Ty Dillon 21 21.45 26 35.08 27
Alex Bowman 2 18.50 30 35.04 28 Michael McDowell 22 29.00 14 41.94 12
William Byron 3 17.10 33 34.26 31 Chris Buescher 23 18.75 29 31.48 35
Jimmie Johnson 4 17.65 31 37.34 22 Kurt Busch 24 28.30 16 40.20 16
Aric Almirola 5 26.50 20 42.54 10 Landon Cassill 25 43.40 3 52.30 3
Brad Keselowski 6 23.25 23 40.48 15 Kyle Busch 26 48.60 1 56.46 1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr 7 15.90 34 35.24 26 Bubba Wallace 27 28.00 17 39.94 17
Clint Bowyer 8 17.20 32 35.72 25 Brendan Gaughan 28 22.80 25 34.18 32
Ryan Blaney 9 3.95 40 24.76 38 Daniel Hemric 29 42.55 4 49.88 5
Joey Logano 10 34.20 9 48.72 7 Ryan Preece 30 32.40 10 42.44 11
Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank Driver Starting Position Avg. DK Pts. Rank Avg. FD Pts. Rank
Erik Jones 11 34.95 7 48.96 6 Matt DiBenedetto 31 9.75 38 21.98 40
Kyle Larson 12 15.45 35 34.52 30 Parker Kligerman 32 14.00 36 26.20 37
Ryan Newman 13 30.40 12 44.58 8 Corey Lajoie 33 46.95 2 52.16 4
Paul Menard 14 5.20 39 24.06 39 Ross Chastain 34 38.50 6 43.10 9
Kevin Harvick 15 41.15 5 52.60 2 Blake Jones 35 27.20 18 37.30 23
Matt Tifft 16 21.30 27 36.32 24 Joey Gase 36 27.15 19 34.14 33
David Ragan 17 12.40 37 26.88 36 Austin Theriault 37 22.85 24 33.38 34
Martin Truex Jr 18 25.40 21 39.06 19 Reed Sorenson 38 29.65 13 37.52 21
Daniel Suarez 19 23.85 22 37.64 20 Spencer Boyd 39 32.40 10 39.12 18
Austin Dillon 20 28.80 15 41.94 12 Denny Hamlin 40 34.50 8 41.02 14
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De. HamlinToyota11 $12000 $11600UPGRADE
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Br. KeselowskiFord2 $12300 $9100UPGRADE
Jo. LoganoFord22 $11700 $10700UPGRADE
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Al. BowmanChevrolet88 $11400 $8800UPGRADE
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Ri. StenhouseChevrolet47 $6200 $7400UPGRADE
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Bu. WallaceChevrolet43 $5000 $7500UPGRADE
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Br. GaughanChevrolet62 $ $UPGRADE
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Co. LajoieFord32 $3000 $5700UPGRADE
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