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Considering the front row of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman in Daytona 500 DFS

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in the pole position for the Daytona 500, edging out Alex Bowman. We break down the first row DFS options.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the Kroger Chevrolet, and Alex Bowman, driver of the Valvoline Chevrolet, pose with the front row awards following qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 09, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

The 2020 Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the return of NASCAR brings daily fantasy sports opportunities. You can view a full rundown of pricing, but let’s start right at the top of the race.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is on the pole for the Daytona 500 with a fast lap of 194.582 miles-per-hour for his third career pole and his first at Daytona. Stenhouse is coming into 2020 after a 23rd place overall finish in last year’s Cup Series. He finished 13th at Daytona in 2019. This will be his first race with JTG Daugherty after making the switch from Roush Fenway Racing.

Bowman will be on the outside pole after turning in a fast lap of 194.363 mile-per-hour. This will be the third consecutive season he will start in the front row of the Daytona 500. Bowman finished 11th at last year’s race and 17th in 2018. He finished 12th overall in the Cup Series standings in 2019.

DFS value

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will go into the Daytona 500 with a DraftKings price tag of $8,800, which is good for 11th place among the drivers. If Stenhouse can remain in his No. 1 spot for long stretches, points will accumulate for Stenhouse owners. Maybe Stenhouse will get a new-team boost in his first race with JTG Daugherty Racing, but he had just one top-five finish in 2019 in 36 starts, so DFS players could find better value elsewhere.

Alex Bowman comes in right ahead of Stenhouse with a $8,900 price. He had a strong 2019 season and is looking to get on the right track to start the year. Bowman won his first career race at the 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He also secured seven top-five wins and finished in the top 10 in 12 races.

Between the two racers in the front row, Bowman is the guy DFS players should go to in the Daytona 500.