NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Cook Out Southern 500 Cup Series Race at Darlington Raceway

By David Hayes
NASCAR fantasy picks to win the Cook Out Southern 500 Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway.
NASCAR fantasy picks to win the Cook Out Southern 500 Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway. / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
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NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Cook Out Southern 500

William Byron took home the checkered flag in last weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Now the NASCAR world turns its attention toward the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

With Sunday's next NASCAR Cup Series race rapidly approaching with a 6 p.m. EST start time, let's take a look at some drivers to consider when building your fantasy lineup to win the Southern 500 this year.

Cook Out Southern 500 Fantasy Picks

*Note: All career results rankings are among active drivers in this weekend's Cook Out Southern 500 race with five or more appearances at the Darlington Raceway track unless otherwise noted.

Erik Jones
Albeit relatively limited, Erik Jones' sample showing at Darlington is unrivaled. In his five total performances on this track, Jones boasts the best average finishing position (5.40), winning rate (20.00 percent), best top-5 finishing rate (60.00 percent), top-10 finishing rate (100.00 percent) and top-20 finishing rate (100.00 percent).

Denny Hamlin
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Denny Hamlin has the second-best odds to cross the finish line first this Saturday at +310. Hamlin also has an impressive and full résumé of results at Darlington, starting with the second-best winning rate behind Jones at 18.75 percent. Hamlin also has the second-best top-5 finishing rate (56.25 percent), top-10 finishing rate (81.25 percent) and top-20 finishing rate (93.75 percent).

Kevin Harvick
After seeing tons of success in recent Cup Series results this season, it should come to little surprise that Harvick boasts the best odds to take the checkered flag once again this Saturday at +280. Similarly, it should come to little surprise that he has the best recent showings on this track, boasting a field-leading average finishing position of 4.20 over his last five races here. Harvick has also posted a field-best four top-5 finishes over this same stretch.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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