Saturday, February 22, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: 2014 Daytona 500



Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway  • Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway
Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 3: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick  
All with 2: Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Kurt Busch

By Track
All with 5: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick
With 4: Matt Kenseth
All with 3: Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne

The Likely Suspects: The Daytona 500 is known for its unpredictable finishes, where virtual unknowns can win and where anything can happen, and usually does. Given these facts it is important not to over-think your fantasy picks this week, and don't worry about where drivers start. Although passing will be a challenge, it is not impossible for Daytona's elite which include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

My 2 Cents:  Keep it simple this week by going with the best of the best when it comes to restrictor plate racing. Remember Joe Gibbs Racing is one team that seems to have this track dialed in, so picking as many from the Coach's team is a good strategy. 

My no-brainer pick for this first race of the season is a tie among Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Kurt and Kyle Busch are also great picks here, but I think the ever-patient Matt Kenseth will serve me better. My next picks are Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. I will round out my fantasy team with Danica Patrick and Michael Waltrip.

My final roster is Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick.

Enjoy the race. Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com

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