The High Line – Cup Series – Blueline Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona – Daytona International Speedway – February 17, 2022

Overview

The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona is a 60-lap race consisting of 21 drivers. See starting lineup below. Daytona is a 2.5-mile tri-oval that is heavily banked. The asphalt track banks 31 degrees in the turns and 18 degrees in the tri-oval and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking on the track you’d know that it is quite a climb up from the infield to the wall surrounding the track. Unlike the Daytona 500 race, we don’t have to worry as much about “the big one” (a wreck that takes out a number of cars) because there are only 21 cars in this race. Below is a simple look at how I’ll be attacking the Duels.

Strategy

Since the Duels are just 60 laps I’m essentially throwing dominator points (laps led and fastest laps) out the window and looking simply for drivers with place differential upside that I think can finish in a top-five position.

Most comparable tracks: Talladega Superspeedway (only real difference is how much wider it is than Daytona)

*Note: all pricing is DraftKings focused

Top Drivers

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($9,000), Starting 16th Daytona 500 Pole Winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Looks Forward

Despite gaining the nickname “Wrecky” over the years, Stenhouse has shown to be one of the better superspeedway racers in the series. Stenhouse has three top 10’s, including a win at Daytona and nine top 10’s with a win at Talladega. On the superspeedways, he has a knack of staying out of trouble and he starts 16th in this Duel giving some good PD value.

Chris Buescher ($7,300), Starting 14th

With some of the best practice times, Buescher finds himself starting 14th with a great salary of $7,300. The veteran has three top 10’s on 12 career Cup races at Daytona so he’s no stranger to the track.

Kevin Harvick ($9,800), Starting 13th

Harvick has won the 500 before but he’s had a couple of down years as he hits the twilight of his career. Despite that I expect him to find his way to the front and challenge for top-five positioning.

Corey Lajoie ($5,900), Starting 15th

While the equipment isn’t what the bigger teams bring, Lajoie is in a good position to pick up some place differential and if he stays out of trouble, Lajoie could find himself driving his number 7 Spire Motorsports car into the top 10.

Also Consider:

Kyle Busch ($9,200), Starting 9th

Ty Dillon ($6,400), Starting 12th

Austin Dillon ($8,100), Starting 10th

GOOD LUCK!!

Rob Geriak