Post qualifying update – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
By Tyler Miller – @rickybobby_jr
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Jimmie Johnson ($9,300/8,000) won the pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Hendrick Motorsports completed a clean sweep of the top three positions with William Byron ($7,400/7,300) qualifying second, and Chase Elliott ($11,300/8,600) qualifying third. Earlier on Friday, Jimmie Johnson also recorded the top speed in first practice.
From a DFS perspective, I am much more interested in the Hendrick driver that didn’t qualify in the top 3. Alex Bowman ($8200/7100). Bowman was second in first practice but is forced to go to a backup car for tomorrow’s practice and the race on Sunday. If the backup car shows speed in practice on Saturday, look for Bowman to storm towards the front for plenty of fantasy value on Sunday.
Kurt Busch ($11,000/9,500) qualified 30th after posting the 8th quickest time in first practice. Kurt posted top ten times in Saturday’s practice and is practical in DFS for Sunday.
None of the race favorites qualified well. Will Kyle Busch ($15,000/12,200) Kevin Harvick ($14,000/10,700) Joey Logano ($13,500/11,600) or Brad Keselowski ($14,000/11,900) be able to challenge for the lead on Sunday? Are we seeing the other teams catch up? Is Jimmie Johnson a real contender for the win on Sunday or was Friday
a fluke. There are currently more questions than answers as we await more information following Saturday’s practice results to build DFS lineups.
Stay tuned for Saturday’s practice results as the picture will become clearer leading into Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. DFS Cheat Sheet NASCAR content will be updated Saturday evening.