NASCAR: Daytona 500-Practice
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The 2021 Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday, which means plenty of tough decisions for your NASCAR DFS lineups. Etching your name on the Harley J. Earl Trophy signifies that you're one of an elite few who have won the Great American Race, and your car will be displayed at Daytona International Speedway for an entire year. Denny Hamlin has donated three cars to Daytona, including his winning rides in 2019 and 2020, and will try to become the first four-time champion since Cale Yarborough if he can win Sunday's 2021 Daytona 500. With the entire field focusing on Hamlin, should he be part of your NASCAR DFS lineups?

Chase Elliott is the defending points champion, but he has yet to win a Daytona 500 and has only one top-10 finish at this track. Is it Elliott's time to emerge from the 2021 Daytona 500 NASCAR DFS driver pool and shine at Daytona? Before finalizing your NASCAR DFS picks for the 2021 Daytona 500 on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the optimal Daytona 500 NASCAR 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 Sunday's 2021 Daytona 500. He's only sharing his picks and NASCAR DFS driver pool here.

Top 2021 Daytona 500 NASCAR DFS picks

For the Great American Race, McClure is high on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He earned the 2020 Daytona 500 pole en route to finishing 20th.

Stenhouse knows his way around the Daytona International Speedway winner's circle, having won the 2017 Coke Zero 400. His best Daytona 500 finish was seventh in 2014, and he also has won at NASCAR's other mammoth superspeedway, Talladega. Entering his second season with JTG Daughtery Racing, Stenhouse expects to have a fast car, so lock him into your 2021 Daytona 500 DFS lineups.

Part of McClure's optimal NASCAR DFS strategy includes rostering Denny Hamlin. Drivers who struggle at Daytona and Talladega often lament the horsepower restrictions that keep cars tightly-bunched, but Hamlin certainly hasn't seemed to mind with three Daytona 500 wins in the last five years.

But Hamlin is one of the top NASCAR DFS picks even beyond his chances of winning, having led laps in six of his last seven races at Daytona International Speedway and earning seven top-five finishes at the Daytona 500 since 2012. The 44-time NASCAR Cup Series winner won after starting in 21st last season and worked his way up to fourth from the 42nd starting position in 2015, so he has the potential to earn points for passing.

How to set 2021 Daytona 500 NASCAR 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 Sunday's 2021 Daytona 500? 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.