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Modest sleeper and deep sleeper options to consider for DFS at NASCAR All-Star Race

Thunder Valley substitutes as the home of the All-Stars, and we try to find some better value down the board.

In an aerial view from a drone, Bristol Motor Speedway is seen on July 14, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. The NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. NASCAR will also allow up to 30,000 fans to attend the race. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The NASCAR All-Star Race has taken plenty of forms over the years. Old school NASCAR fans still might call it The Winston, and plenty of other series title sponsors over the years have also been attached to the race traditionally held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But this year it heads to Bristol Motor Speedway, as the high-banked turns of Thunder Alley will find a winner. Can you find a few drivers down the board that could be helpful? There’s one thing for sure: You’ll want to wait to set your lineup until after the last three drivers are added, which will be the winners of the three stages of the NASCAR All-Star Open that precedes the All-Star Race.

We break down some of the best picks to round out your roster below, and you can set your lineup here.

Modest Sleepers (Drivers Already In The Field)

Kurt Busch ($7,600)

It’s been a rough year for the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, but he’s had plenty of success on the Tennessee-Virginia border. A win and five Top 10’s in his last seven races is a good sign, especially with an average finish of 10.1. And since his move to Chip Ganassi, he’s finished seventh, ninth, and second here.

Matt Kenseth ($6,500)

His second place at Indy shows he’s got a car that can get it done, and his results of late are improving. Plus he’s solid at Thunder Alley, picking up two wins when he was still driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Likely the best cheap option in the field, and it’s been fun to see the #42 make something happen during this limited season.

Deep Sleepers (Drivers That Can Make The Field)

Clint Bowyer ($7,800)

The King of Bristol still needs to win his way in, but if he does he’s almost a must-have on any roster. In seven races at Bristol since 2017, he’s got two Top 5’s, seven Top 20’s, and the best average finishing position of any NASCAR driver. Finished second in the race here just 45 days ago. Just way too much value if he can win a stage. And even if he can’t, the 20th spot for a fan vote winner seems perfect for one of the most popular drivers on the circuit.

Michael McDowell ($5,300)

Starts on the pole for the Open, and it’s an advantage he might not even need. Take away his wreck to finish last in the second race at Pocono, and he’s been cheap points all season. Averaging 29.9 points per race this season, has two Top 10’s already, and has improved on his starting position in eight of his last nine races. He’ll probably need some chaos in front of him if he makes the main race, but h’es been opportunistic all season and provided great value.