David G. never thought his fantasy sports sweat would involve rooting for weather, but there he was, moments away from a win, rain dance in full-force. He may prefer to watch football or basketball to auto-racing, but says: NASCAR is a fun, intense, non-stop rollercoaster ride for 3 hours, ALWAYS culminating with a heart-stopping ending. There’s no other DFS sport like it.
Q Give us a play-by-play of your experience? Did you travel from far? What was your favorite part of your experience?
A Friday night, after traveling from Houston, I arrived at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami. Incredible place. There was an hors d'oeuvres and cocktail party for all of the King of the Speedway finalists at a steakhouse in the hotel. It was a blast getting to know all of the other finalists, pick their brains and talk strategy with them. Every last person was nice and as friendly as can be. Everybody seemed really happy to be there. It was really cool getting to spend some time with a group of such specifically like-minded people.
Saturday afternoon, DK had a cabana for us at the hotel with food and drinks. Very relaxing, and that left us the rest of the day and night to do whatever we wanted in the city. Sunday was race day, and we were shuttled out to Homestead Speedway. We ate breakfast in a suite with an amazing view overlooking Turn 1 of the track, then received a tour of the NASCAR garages, complete with a meet and greet with NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. Then it was back up to the suite for all the food, drink, and racing we could handle.
As a special bonus for being the champ, my friend and I were ushered down to victory lane after the race, and got to watch the celebration and then take a picture with newly crowned NASCAR champion Kyle Busch and his trophy. It was surreal.
Through it all, all of the DraftKings representatives on hand were awesome. They were super nice, friendly, and accommodating, and made sure that all of us were getting the VIP NASCAR fan experience of a lifetime. It was an unforgettable trip.
Q Who did you bring with you on your experience?
A A good friend of mine had an investment in my team, so he was the easy/only choice.
Q Tell us about your winning contest "sweat. What contest did you enter (e.g. $3 PGA Qualifier)? Who was in your winning lineup?
A I won my seats to the finals through a $27 and a $3 qualifier. The sweat was intense. After a rocky start to the race, my 2 teams clawed their way up to 2nd and 4th place. Sparing all the technicalities, a caution on the track delayed the race ⅔ of the way into it.
Through a clever maneuver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who was on my then 2nd place team, while my opponent in 1st place did not have him) was able to move into first place during the caution. Bonus points are awarded for every lap you lead, and, the points I was receiving for Earnhardt leading laps under caution without even having to battle, plus the points gained from Earnhardt’s position leap into first, enabled me to make up the 11 or so point deficit that I faced. And after that, the rain came.
I would have been in great position to win even if the race had restarted, but boy was the intensity rising when I knew there was a chance the race would be called and over right there. I never thought I’d be rooting for weather, but there I was. A rain dance may or may not have been involved :). Sure enough, the rain didn’t let up, the race was called, and the celebration was on. It was a huge rush of adrenaline. My winning lineup was Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, and David Ragan.
Q Where were you when you won? How did you celebrate? Fist pump like Tiger? Riverdance like Chad Ochocinco? “Ride the Bull” like Happy Gilmore?
A I was at a buddy’s house sweating with some friends. Screams, high fives, hugs, toasts, and Tiger-pumps galore were had. It was memorable and exciting.
Q Favorite driver? How long have you been a fan of this driver?
A I have a special place in my heart for Dale Jr., since he essentially won me the championship, and I’d love to see him win a NASCAR championship before he retires. That would be a cool story - he probably has the most rabid and loyal fan base in all of pro sports.
Q Favorite athlete?
A My favorite athlete of all-time is Hakeem Olajuwon, and there’s no close second.
Q Favorite sports movie?
A A League of their Own.
Q Favorite sports memory?
A The Rockets winning back-to-back NBA Championships in ’94 and ’95.
Q What else is on your sports bucket list?
A I’d like to live to see another one of my local teams win a title - the sooner, the better :). My fair city of Houston has had a rough, frustrating sports history. As far as events I’d like to attend. I’ve always wanted to attend a Super Bowl, and, with it in my hometown this coming season, I’m going to try to make that happen. (Hey, if DK happens to end up with a spare ticket lying on the office floor or something next February, I can put it to good use haha).
Q Favorite fantasy sport on DraftKings?
A NASCAR, and I’m not just saying that because I won. I play and enjoy most DFS sports, and in reality, I’m a bigger fan of basketball, football, and baseball than auto-racing, but I can say without bias that NASCAR is easily the best DFS sweat. Any DFS player who hasn’t tried it should give it a shot for a few races. It’s a fun, intense, non-stop rollercoaster ride for 3 hours, ALWAYS culminating with a heart-stopping ending. There’s no other DFS sport like it.
Q What do you love most about DraftKings?
A The continued innovation and pushing the envelope - whether it be the various new and exciting tournament formats, the willingness to introduce new sports to the site, or of course the amazing experiences that are available - all make DraftKings the place to play.