Know the Daytona 500 Inside and Out? Turn Your Fandom into Cash

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Daytona 500 is right around the corner. On Feb. 28, NACARS's top riders will duke it out on the track for the championship and a purse of millions of dollars. But did you know the drivers aren't the only ones who can cash in on their winnings?

You can play games for up to $10,000 in cash prizes at DraftKings. Create fantasy teams and put your knowledge of the races to the test for a chance to win a big payout. Draft six racers to play. Over 4,500 entries win a prize guaranteed. The games are free to enter.

The contest ends Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 a.m.

Before you play, here's a rundown of some important info about the 2017 Daytona 500.

Field Size

This year the race takes place at what's being called the world's first "motor sports stadium." The new venue is definitely an improvement for fans, but it shouldn't affect the drivers too much. The number of cars this year has gone down from 43 to 40.

Rule Changes

NASCAR is rolling out some format changes for 2107. There is one rule change you should pay attention to this year. The overtime procedure now differs depending on if the yellow or green checkered flag flies. If the green flag flies to start the two-lap shootout, the race leader has to pass an overtime line on the backend. If the driver misses, they'll have to restart until they do for it to be considered a clean finish. Once they hit the line, they can go for the green-checkered finish.

Drivers to Watch

Hendrick Motorsports has two drivers in the race, and both are the favorites to win it. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the favorite to win. He already has two Daytona 500 wins under his belt, and his recent absence from the race has put a fire in his belly to win it. Jimmie Johnson is right behind Earnhardt for contenders. While Earnhardt has missed 18 races last year, Johnson and company have been sharpening their skills to the new format and are poised to be tough competition on the track.

Here are top 5 racers by DraftKings' NASCAR salary for the Daytona 500.

  1. Denny Hamlin - $9,600
  2. Joey Logano - $9,900
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - $10,600
  4. Brad Keselowski - $10,300
  5. Kyle Busch - $9,400

Driver Lineup

1. Car: 24 Chase Elliott

2. Car: 20 Matt Kenseth

3. Car: 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4. Car: 18 Kyle Busch

5. Car:22 Joey Logano

6. Car: 1 Jamie McMurray

7. Car: 21 Ryan Blaney

8. Car: 41 Kurt Busch

9. Car: 4 Kevin Harvick

10. Car: 19 Carl Edwards

11. Car: 11 Denny Hamlin

12. Car: 95 Ty Dillon

13. Car: 5 Kasey Kahne

14. Car: 42 Kyle Larson

15. Car: 16 Greg Biffle

16. Car: 10 Danica Patrick

17. Car: 34 Chris Buescher

18. Car: 14 Brian Vickers

19. Car: 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

20. Car: 93 Matt DiBenedetto

21. Car: 3 Austin Dillon

22. Car: 46 Michael Annett

23. Car: 6 Trevor Bayne

24. Car: 38 Landon Cassill

25. Car: 2 Brad Keselowski

26. Car: 48 Jimmie Johnson

27. Car: 7 Regan Smith

28. Car: 78 Martin Truex Jr.

29. Car: 23 David Ragan

30. Car: 47 AJ Allmendinger

31. Car: 15 Clint Bowyer

32. Car: 13 Casey Mears

33. Car: 32 Bobby Labonte

34. Car: 43 Aric Almirola

35. Car: 44 Brian Scott

36. Car: 83 Michael Waltrip

37. Car: 27 Paul Menard

38. Car: 31 Ryan Newman

39. Car: 59 Michael McDowell

40. Car: 26 R. Richardson Jr.

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