Thursday, July 3, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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 - Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards
All with 2 - Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Juan Pablo Montoya

By Track
Dale Earnhardt Jr.- 6
All with 5 - Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards 
Greg Biffle - 4

Recent Pole Winners:  
2013 Kyle Busch
2012 Matt Kenseth

Likely Suspects: Restrictor-plate racing produces as many interesting scenarios as short-track racing. There are traditional masters in this style of racing, and then there are some relative newcomers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who together make for some surprising and exciting finishes. Look for these drivers to perform well this weekend: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

My 2 Cents: When picking this weekend, keep in mind that the "Big One" does not discriminate. The Daytona elite can and will be taken out just as easily as anyone else. Pick a balance of drivers: "elite"; "on a hot streak"; and "running well this year," and you should rack up the fantasy points.

My no-brainer pick this week is an obvious one. Earnhardt and Daytona go together in much the same way that old '70s commercial boasted about baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet! My next picks are Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. I will complete my team with Michael Waltrip and Danica Patrick.

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