DraftKings Lineups: Talladega I, 2016

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My DraftKings NASCAR lineup optimizer suggests Michael McDowell can help complete our Talladega I lineups.

Here are my top 20 DraftKings NASCAR driver lineups for today’s race at Talladega. To compile them, first I plugged my final driver rankings for today’s race and Saturday’s qualifying results into my driver points projection model to project how many DraftKings points each driver will score at Talladega I. Then I ran those points projections through an algorithm I created in Google Sheets with the OpenSolver add-on, which chewed through all possible driver combinations to spit out the 20 best lineups for today’s race.

The results are in descending order, and the total predicted points have been rounded to the nearest hundredth. If you’re on a small-screen device, scroll the table horizontally with a finger-drag to see all the columns.

The lineups:

# Driver 1 Driver 2 Driver 3 Driver 4 Driver 5 Driver 6 Total Predicted Pts
1 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Michael McDowell 311.31
2 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Michael McDowell 308.87
3 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Michael McDowell 308.15
4 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Regan Smith 306.94
5 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Michael McDowell 306.49
6 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Michael McDowell 305.77
7 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Michael McDowell 305.6
8 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Regan Smith 304.57
9 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch David Ragan 304.09
10 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Regan Smith 303.67
11 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Matt Kenseth Michael McDowell 303.22
12 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Matt Kenseth David Ragan 301.72
13 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin Michael McDowell 301.56
14 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Matt Kenseth Regan Smith 301.3
15 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick Matt Kenseth Danica Patrick 300.98
16 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth Michael McDowell 300.78
17 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth Ryan Blaney 300.62
18 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin Regan Smith 299.64
19 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth David Ragan 299.27
20 Paul Menard Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Michael McDowell 299.12

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