The Daytona night race used to mark the first race of the second half of every NASCAR Cup Series season. But a schedule realignment has added even more drama to the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400. Now, Daytona International Speedway will host the final race of the regular season and dozens of drivers who haven't secured their spot in the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs will be making one final desperate attempt to earn their way in with a win or via points. Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron and Jimmie Johnson could all get in on points with a repeat winner, and they'll be undoubtedly popular options in the NASCAR DFS driver pool with a lot to race for on Saturday.
However, 20 drivers could theoretically clinch a spot with a win. That guarantees the action will be intense when the green flag drops at 7:30 p.m. ET. But who are the best values for your NASCAR DFS lineups for Saturday night? And how much lineup variance do you need to protect against a big wreck taking out a big part of the field? Before finalizing your NASCAR DFS picks for Saturday, be sure to check out the optimal NASCAR at Daytona DFS strategy and advice from SportsLine's Mike McClure.
McClure has won almost $2 million in his career as a daily Fantasy pro, and his NASCAR DFS driver pool, projections and advice can help you score a big win on Sunday. McClure dominated NASCAR DFS at the 2020 Daytona 500, turning a 4x ROI after rostering four of the top seven drivers.
He then crushed the 2020 Real Heroes 400, with his top three picks -- Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. -- all finishing in the top eight. He also had Truex Jr. at No. 1 in his DraftKings value rankings for his win at Martinsville and then had Kevin Harvick at No. 1 for his win at Indianapolis. Anybody who has followed his picks has seen huge returns.
Now, he's turned his attention to Saturday's 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400. He's only sharing his picks and NASCAR DFS driver pool here.
Top 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR DFS picks
For the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400, McClure is high on Chase Elliott at $11,800 on FanDuel and $11,000 on DraftKings. Elliott is currently seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series standings and already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs by virtue of his wins at Charlotte and on the Daytona road course.
Elliott has had difficulties on superspeedways in 2020, finishing 17th at the Daytona 500 and 38th because of a crash at Talladega. However, he won the 2019 Geico 500 at Talladega and earned the pole at Daytona on three separate occasions, so Hendrick Motorsports knows how to build him a machine the speed. It simply a matter of avoiding the big wreck for Elliott, as he's led seven of nine cup starts at Daytona but crashed out in four of his last five races there.
McClure's NASCAR DFS strategy also includes rostering Brendan Gaughan at $6,500 on FanDuel and $8,600 on DraftKings. Gaughan has been a part-time NASCAR Cup Series driver at various stages for the last 20 years now, and he's had a ride for both of the superspeedway races so far in 2020 (as well as the Daytona road race) and turned in great results.
After starting 39th at the 2020 Daytona 500, Gaughan surged into the top 10 and eventually finished seventh. Then at the 2020 Geico 500, Gaughan started 39th again at Talladega and was able to improve by 18 positions to finish 21st. The 44-year-old has recorded four of his seven career top-10 finishes at Daytona and Talladega, meaning he has a ton of upside as he starts the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 in 40th position.
How to set 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 DFS lineups
McClure is also targeting an undervalued driver set to return plenty of value. He's in prime position to make a run at the checkered flag and comes at a price that won't break the bank. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in your NASCAR DFS tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can see every pick here.
So what are the top NASCAR DFS picks for Saturday's 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400? And which value driver is a must-roster? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete driver pool for DraftKings and FanDuel, and cash in big on NASCAR at Daytona.