Another week, another race. Here we’ll break down all the most important Daily Fantasy NASCAR information in order to drive your success! The information below is provided by DraftKings. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
TOP 5 FAVORITES TO WIN
1. Joey Logano – The revenge factor was real. The good news is that he and the rest of the drivers are squared away. Logano dominated his 4th Chase race in a row at Martinsville, but didn’t get the finish he desired. Last week is last week. Logano rolls into Texas with hands down the best 2015 intermediate track stats. His average finish of 5th is the best in NASCAR and his 61 fantasy points at 1.5 mile tracks is second to Harvick. Logano is on an absolute tear and with the Kenseth mess settled, the 22 should be in every Daily Fantasy NASCAR lineup at Texas.
2. Jimmie Johnson – Since DraftKings launched Daily Fantasy NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson has routinely burned players. Are DFS NASCAR players gluttons for punishment? Johnson has won 4 of the last 6 Texas races (93 fppr). The second half of 2015 hasn’t worked out for Jimmie, but he’s legendary at intermediate tracks. Will he burn fantasy players or burn up the scoreboard?
3. Kevin Harvick – Talladega seems like a distant memory. Harvick doesn’t have a lot of wins this season, but he crushes fantasy points. At intermediate tracks, Harvick averages the most fantasy points per race (67 points). In the Spring Texas race, Harvick scored over 50 combined fast and lead lap points (2nd most).
4. Brad Keselowski – Penske is having a great year and they have a lot of speed at intermediate tracks. BK and his teammate Logano are locks for the the top 10 each week. At 1.5 mile tracks, it’s a guarantee. Logano and BK rank number one and two at intermediate tracks this season. Before Martinsville, BK had scored 13 top 10s in the last 15 races. Since Keselowski’s Championship season, he has 5 top 10s over the last 6 Texas races.
5. Kyle Busch – Rowdy is not as consistent as the drivers above him, but at intermediate tracks, Kyle can put up massive DFS numbers. His average finish of 9th at 1.5 mile tracks is tied for 4th best this season. In his last 5 Texas races, Kyle has 4 top 5s. His 71 fppr over the last 5 texas races ranks second behind Jimmie Johnson. Rowdy is looking to secure a spot in the championship race; it would be a surprise to see Busch outside the top 5 at Texas.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Kasey Kahne – It’s risky to roster Kahne, but there is a lot of upside. A fast car is necessary to win at 1.5 mile tracks, and Hendrick will surely provide that for Kahne. An unfortunate wreck ruined Kahne’s day at Charlotte, but he was fast all weekend at the last two intermediate races. Kahne finished 8th in the Spring race.
2. Ryan Blaney – The Wood Brothers have brought hot rods to the track every time they’ve entered a Sprint Cup race this season. For the most part, this is the third Penske Ford and Blaney has matched the speed of Logano and Keselowski. At the last two intermediate track races, Blaney finished 14th (Charlotte) and 7th (Kansas).
3. Brian Scott – The full time Xfinity driver returns to the Sprint Cup in the number 33 car for his 9th race this season. He’s raced well in his the three intermediate track races this year (13th, 22nd, and 12th). At Kansas a couple weeks ago, Scott looked strong all weekend. A fast car is necessary at 1.5 mile tracks and it looks like Scott will have one at Texas.
Joey Logano – This is the first time a driver finished 37th and is part of the recent success section. Logano has dominated the last the four playoff races. He scored over 75 combined fast and lead lap points at Martinsville.
Denny Hamlin – Toss out Talladega, and Denny Hamlin is one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR. Martinsville was Hamlin’s 8th top 5 in the last 11 races.
Jeff Gordon – His win at Martinsville makes it two top 5s in a row for the 24 team. Over the last two months, Gordon averages a finish of 8th.
Jimmie Johnson (Spring 2015)
Jimmie Johnson (Fall 2014)
Joey Logano (Spring 2014)
Jimmie Johnson (Fall 2013)
Kyle Busch (Spring 2013)
PICK TO WIN
Jimmie Johnson – The 48 was the top pick last week and he dominated practice, but he couldn’t overcome his poor qualifying position. This year has been a let down for Johnson, but Texas never is. Just look at those wins.