The race for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series is winding down, but we have some big events left. One comes this weekend, with the 2020 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 blasting off at Texas Motor Speedway.
If you’re looking to get some skin in the game on this race, whether for betting or DFS, you’re at the right site. I’ll be handing out NASCAR DFS picks for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, and Adam Haynes has you covered elsewhere with his 2020 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 betting preview.
The two can always work together, but DFS and betting aren’t completely alike, and sometimes there are differing opinions. I definitely suggest reading Adam’s betting guide, however, before placing bets or finalizing your daily fantasy NASCAR lineups this weekend.
Last week my NASCAR DFS picks were pretty good at a high level. Kevin Harvick finished second, Michael McDowell (33 fantasy points) was a fantastic sleeper pick, and Joey Logano won (!!).
Those were my top three NASCAR daily fantasy picks that I broke down, and each week, those three plays are the ones I regard as my “core” to build lineups. Cole Custer was decent and William Byron cracked the top-10, but Erik Jones wasn’t as good as he needed to be.
Ideally, you made the right plays to pair with my first three picks. Overall, though, it was a solid week for our NASCAR DFS advice column.
Let’s do it again for this weekend’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, where Kevin Harvick will look to win for a fourth straight time.
Kevin Harvick ($11k)
So, I’m playing Kevin Harvick yet again, spending way up, and expecting the guy to win this race for a fourth year in a row?
I mean, sure, why not?
Harvick obviously owns this event, while Texas Motor Speedway has been quite kind to him. In the last four years, he has finishes of 5th, 8th, 2nd, and 4th to go with those big wins.
Harvick is expensive, but he’s regularly been worth the funds. He finally got back to his elite form this past weekend, and when the dude has nine wins and 28 runs inside the top-10, you know what you’re getting.
I won’t call a win here, but Harvick will at least come close, and MyBookie lists him as the undeniable favorite (+220 odds) going into the weekend.
Daniel Suarez ($5.5k)
Here’s my favorite punt for the week. Suarez has burned me before, and he hasn’t cracked the top-10 all year. Heck, his best finish in his last 10 races is 25th.
But you’re not using Suarez because you think he’ll win (he won’t). You’re not really banking on a top-10 run, either. You just want a solid place differential and the salary relief.
While true, I actually just like him in general in this spot.
Suarez surprised with a third-place finish at this event in 2019, and he was still competitive (19th) the year before. He finished 23rd here earlier this season, too, and he has finishes of 14th, 19th, 29th, and 28th in his other Cup Series appearances here.
None of this means much, other than that he’s been competitive here. That’s good enough for me, as he’ll likely start pretty far back in this one, and he saves me a ton of cash. If he can sniff the top-25, it’s a win.
Kurt Busch ($8.5k)
Usually, I try to cram a second stud driver in here, but in a very real sense, I kind of am with Busch, anyways.
I just like the price here, as Busch is fully capable of crossing the finish line before everyone else. He’s done so just once in 2020, but he’s been inside the top-10 on 18 different occasions, and he’s been extremely reliable at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch finished 7th here in 2019, but has been inside the top-10 at this track in nine of his last 10 tries. He is just flat out rock solid at this course, and as Haynes suggested in his write-up linked above, Busch badly needs a big outing here.
Best NASCAR DFS Lineup for October 25th
Kevin Harvick ($11k)
Daniel Suarez ($5.5k)
Kurt Busch ($8.5k)
Erik Jones ($8.9k)
Aric Almirola ($8.1k)
Austin Dillon ($7.5k)
You know what my three favorite NASCAR DFS picks are for this race. Some good advice is to create multiple lineups, or to just build your team in your own image beyond those first three picks.
That said, I also love Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, and Austin Dillon.
Jones didn’t pan out for me last week, but he’s usually quite consistent. He’d been on fire, too, finishing inside the top-10 in four straight races before dropping to 20th at the Hollywood Casino 400.
I think he bounces back this week, while guys like Almirola and Dillon have had success in this event. Almirola is another sleeper bet Haynes likes, and it’s hard to disagree when Almirola finished 8th here in 2019.
Almirola suffered through a crash a few races back, but has otherwise been in the thick of it basically every time out. He has 20 finishes inside the top-10 on the year, and has done that nine times in his last 10 events.
The reality is he’s comfortable here.
"Texas is a track I had circled on the list this year. It’s a track that I've really become comfortable with over the years."
Throw in very strong form at this track (10th, 2nd, 7th, and 8th) over his last four appearances, and it’s easy to fall in love with him this weekend.
The same goes for Dillon, who is a solid value and flexed his muscle at this track with a 10th place run in 2019. He’s also been very competitive lately with three top-20 finishes in a row, and it sure is worth noting that his lone 2020 victory came at this course.
I’ll leave $500 on the board to help differentiate my lineup further, but I love the idea of paying up for Harvick, taking one big punt, and then largely going balanced with consistently competitive drivers.
Hopefully, my NASCAR DFS picks for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 serve you well.
Whether you bet on the race, play DFS, or just stopped by to read about it, I wish you luck.
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