Daily fantasy sports (DFS) are booming right now and it’s only a matter of time before auto racing is adopted. DFS auto racing is only available on a couple real small DFS sites, but once a bigger site like DraftKings or FanDuel offers DFS auto racing, we’ll let you know.
Fantasy auto racing leagues are nothing new, but there is a problem offering one-day leagues. Rules state that a legal DFS contest must have a minimum of two events or games, which means DFS sites are unable to offer contests on a single NASCAR race.
There are several ways around the problem, but none of them have been overly popular.
How to Play DFS Auto Racing
The most common way to offer a DFS NASCAR contest is by offering a contest with two races – often a Sprint Cup Series race and an Infinity Series race. Like other DFS leagues – a player has to construct a line-up using a limited amount of salary cap.
In all contests the goal is to score more points than your opponents.
Salary cap tournaments aren’t the only way to play daily fantasy sports NASCAR either. Another tourney format allows players to pick drivers from different tiers. The end goal is the same – the player with the most points will win the contest.
I’m unable to speak on the scoring at this time, as our website does not offer DFS auto racing leagues. That’s another problem – DFS sites need to find a balanced scoring system that allows for enough strategy, while at the same time catering to casual fans.
The scoring also has to differentiate the line-ups enough to ensure there aren’t a bunch of ties in every contest.
I’m also surprised that a big daily fantasy site hasn’t offered DFS NASCAR two-weeks contests with two Sprint Cup races. A lot of DFS players prefer instant gratification, but I’m sure the die-hard fans would prefer anything rather than nothing.
There’s no shortage of potential players. NASCAR fantasy season-long leagues are extremely popular. Yahoo, ESPN and several other big publications host annual NASCAR fantasy leagues, but they’re not for real money and they require a long commitment.
NASCAR will be a great DFS sport once the hurdles can be overcome.
DFS NASCAR Tips
NASCAR is all about track preference other than the restrictor plate races. Drivers often excel on one track or track type. There are multiple sites that track past results on every NASCAR track, so it’s easy to identify the best drivers for every track.
The key in DFS NASCAR will be selecting value plays in order to meet the salary cap requirement.
Chances are that the majority of players will have similar studs, but the value plays will differentiate line-ups. Do your research on track form and recent form, but also spend the time to look at the practise and qualifying times each week.
This is a primer on daily fantasy auto racing and as soon as DFS sites start providing DFS NASCAR contests I’ll be sure to update this guide with pertinent information, including the exact line-up requirements, salary cap rules and scoring rules.