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DraftKings Lineups: Darlington, 2016

Hambone appears in every one of my top 30 optimized DraftKings lineups for Darlington tonight. (photo courtesy nascar)

Hambone appears in every one of my top 30 optimized DraftKings lineups for Darlington tonight. (photo courtesy nascar)

I’ve used my lineup optimizer to compile my top 30 DraftKings NASCAR driver lineups for tonight’s Darlington race. To compile them, first I plugged my final driver rankings for tonight’s race and the starting lineup into my driver points projection model to project how many DraftKings points each driver will score at Darlington tonight. Then I ran those points projections through an algorithm I created in Google Sheets with the OpenSolver add-on, which churned through all possible driver combinations to calculate the 30 best lineups for today’s race.

The lineups are sorted in descending order of total predicted points scored, and the total predicted points have been rounded to the nearest hundredth. I posted them in a PDF file you can download and view for $1. Here’s the link: Darlington 2016 DraftKings Lineups

Note: No guarantee comes with my lineups, rankings, predictions, etc. Use them at your own risk. To get a feel for how the lineups look, check out my Kansas I 2016 DraftKings lineups.

Good luck today!

DraftKings Driver Values: Darlington, 2016

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Kasey Kahne offers good DraftKings value tonight in the $7K tier. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my DraftKings driver points and price/point predictions for tonight’s Darlington race. To predict how many DraftKings points each driver will score tonight, I plugged my driver rankings for tonight’s race into my projection model, and the starting lineup grid (qualifying was rained out). Then, to calculate each driver’s price/point, I simply divided each driver’s price by their predicted points.

The below table lists all drivers running today, and it’s sorted from lowest price/point to highest. If you’re on a small-screen device, scroll the table horizontally with a finger drag to see all the columns.

The table: Continue reading

Final Rankings: Darlington, 2016

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Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win Darlington tomorrow night in my final driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for tomorrow night’s race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching the practice data from Darlington on Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Kyle Larson
  10. Joey Logano Continue reading

Early Rankings: Darlington, 2016

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Kevin Harvick tops my early Darlington driver rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve posted my final Darlington 2016 driver rankings, which improve upon these early rankings.

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona Talladega, Sonoma and Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Darlington;
  • the loop data for the past six races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Dover, Homestead and Las Vegas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Darlington; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past six races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Carl Edwards
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Jimmie Johnson Continue reading

Final Rankings: Darlington, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick remains my pick to win at Darlington tonight. (photo courtesy nascar)

Here are my final driver rankings for tonight’s race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Darlington on Friday and Saturday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Matt Kenseth Continue reading

Early Rankings: Darlington, 2015

Kevin Harvick photo

Kevin Harvick tops my early Darlington rankings. (photo courtesy nascar)

Update: I’ve now completed my final Darlington rankings (click here to see them).

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona Talladega, Sonoma and Watkins Glen;
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Darlington;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Dover, Homestead and Las Vegas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Darlington; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Brad Keselowski Continue reading

Final Rankings: Darlington, 2014

Here are my final driver rankings for tonight’s race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Darlington on Friday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Matt Kenseth Continue reading

Mid-Week Rankings: Darlington, 2014

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Daytona);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Darlington;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Dover, Homestead and Las Vegas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Darlington; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Final Rankings: Darlington, 2013

Here are my final driver rankings for tonight’s race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching the practice and qualifying data from Darlington on Friday, and then melding it with the historical data:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kasey Kahne
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Martin Truex, Jr.
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Carl Edwards Continue reading

Early Rankings: Darlington, 2013

Here are my early driver rankings for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington. I compiled them by crunching:

  • The loop data for the past 15 Sprint Cup races (excluding Daytona and Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races (excluding Talladega);
  • the loop data for the past four races at Darlington;
  • the loop data for the past seven races at the other tracks in the Steeps track group (i.e., Bristol, Dover, Homestead and Las Vegas);
  • the practice and qualifying data for the past four races at Darlington; and
  • the practice and qualifying data for past seven races at the aforementioned Steeps.

The results:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kasey Kahne
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Kevin Harvick Continue reading