First things first, welcome to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season! It’s time to kick things off with the traditional season-opening exhibition race known as the Busch Clash at Daytona. This is not your standard race, in field size or length, but it is a nice way to get our feet wet again in DFS NASCAR at a track that the season kicks off in earnest at, next week with the Daytona 500.

The Busch Clash, previously also known as the Advanced Auto Parts Clash, is a 75-lap or 187.5-mile event that has 18 cars in the field this year. The drivers in the field got there by being pole winners last year, former Clash winners who race full-time, former Daytona 500 winners who race full-time, former Daytona 500 pole winners who race full-time, and last season playoff drivers who don’t fit any other category. Those qualifiers put 20 drivers in the field but Daniel Hemric and Daniel Suarez won’t be participating given that Hemric is in the Xfinity Series this season and Suarez’s new team has elected to focus on the 500 instead.

With the smaller field and the shorter race, a few strategy points come into play this week that are a bit different than elsewhere. Every winner of the Clash since 2013 except for two has led at least 21 laps in the race. Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson are the only two that haven’t as they both benefited from crashes very late in the race. If you’re looking for another way to seek for the winner and/or second-place finisher, dating back to 2013 they have all been Cup champions or Daytona 500 winners except for Greg Biffle in 2013 finishing second. If you want to focus on the highest-scoring drivers, as is the best way to win in DFS obviously, dating back to 2013 there have only been two years in which two or more of the top-six scorers on DraftKings started inside the top-10 starting spots. That means that five times, at least four of the top-six have started 11th or worse, with the caveat being that for two years there were 25-car fields. One last piece of advice is this, in the last seven Clashes, there have been 141 cars that have raced, of those 61 haven’t finished meaning there is a 43.2-percent DNF rate in this event. That’s higher than any other race all year, but it also means that expecting roughly eight of the cars on Sunday to crash out is a reasonable expectation.

The starting order will be set by random draw at 6:30 pm ET on Saturday night and it will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter by multiple accounts.

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De. Hamlin18Toyota11 $12000 $11600UPGRADE
Br. Keselowski2Ford2 $12300 $9100UPGRADE
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Ku. Busch17Chevrolet1 $10600 $8300UPGRADE
Al. Bowman8Chevrolet88 $11400 $8800UPGRADE
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Ji. Johnson16Chevrolet48 $10000 $10200UPGRADE
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Au. Dillon15Chevrolet3 $7000 $6300UPGRADE