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. Dale Earnhardt Jr.– Last year, Jr. swept the Pocono races. Since 2013, Jr. has compiled a driver rating of 118.8 at Pocono (ranks #1). At Dover, he was forced to start at the rear of the pack due to changing a gear, but he was still able to work his way into contention. His qualifying efforts this year have been less than stellar, but this shouldn’t affect his ability to get to the front and conquer this track for the 3rd time in a row (and scoring all of the place differential points in the process).
2. Jimmie Johnson – JJ found the front and won for the 10th time at the Monster Mile last week. His dominance at Pocono pales in comparison, but it’s still dominance. With 3 wins and 17 top 10s, Pocono has been good to the #48 (which track hasn’t?). Taking into consideration current form, track history, and who he is…..it wouldn’t surprise us to see Johnson burning out again this week.
3. Denny Hamlin – After the qualifying and practice efforts of the entire JGR team, we loaded up on Hamlin. He ended up dropping from 1st to 21st, but thanks to his 118 laps led, he still was the 6th highest in scoring. Hamlin has 4 wins at Pocono and 2 coming at the spring race. The way JGR has been qualifying, it’s hard to fade these guys when you know they are front runners to stack the fast lap and laps led categories.
4. Joey Logano – Logano led 35 laps to capture his first win at Pocono in the spring of 2012. He has 3 top 10s in the last 4 races at this track. Logano has been quiet over the last several races, but he’s always there hanging around the top 10. He’s 3rd in the standings, but it’s been awhile since he’s led a bunch of laps in a race. This seems like the week where Joey and the Penske Fords step back into the limelight.
5. Jeff Gordon – Everyone is focused on the goodbye tour and wondering when and where the 24 will get his last win. Meanwhile, the Rainbow Warrior keeps on keepin’ on. At Dover, Gordon quietly maneuvered his Hendrick Chevy from 22nd to a top 10 finish (his 7th of the year). Then there’s the fact that he leads all of NASCAR with 6 Pocono wins and 31 Top 10s. Not enough? His sponsor, Axalta, is sponsoring the race.
Long Shots to Score Big
1. Greg Biffle – After a disappointing Dover performance, DFS players will continue to get the veteran Roush driver at a bargain price. The Bif has been around the top 15 in most races this year. We’ll take that for $8,800. This week, given his past success at Pocono (four top 5’s in the last 4 years), The Bif offers a little more home run potential this week.
5. Kasey Kahne – He doesn’t have a win yet, but one is coming soon. Poor qualifying attempts have kept Kahne from victory lane, but they’ve led DFS players to the top of the GPPs. At Charlotte and Dover, Kahne plowed through the field, piling up major fantasy points. Kahne’s biggest weakness at Pocono is his consistency. He’s won at Pocono twice and has 8 top 10s, but he’s also finished outside the top 25 nine times.
3. Paul Menard – Since the inception of Daily Fantasy NASCAR at Draft Kings, we’ve been high on Paul Menard. Without a doubt, this has been the best season of his career. It’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s not late race pit strategy or flukes. Menard is driving well, and he has a great car week in, week out. A lot of credit should go to Menard’s new crew chief, Justin Alexander (5 time champion with Hendrick).
Martin Truex Jr. – Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team have done everything well this year. The problem is they are missing one important factor for making the Chase: a win. Truex has led the majority of laps at Kansas, Charlotte, and Dover. He doesn’t have any wins at Pocono, but this is a new year for Truex. Look for him to once again be in contention at the end of the race.
Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick continued his NASCAR dominance with a 2nd place finish at Dover. His only competitor for the top spot is Jimmie Johnson. Harvick has two wins on the season and has led double the laps of any other driver. Historically he hasn’t performed great at Pocono, but we’ve already seen that Harvick’s track history doesn’t mean much this year.. It is hard to pick against Happy any week.
Jimmie Johnson – Four wins this year, enough said, but The Playbook needs a little more than that. It’s not that Johnson has four wins, it’s how he does it. His team knows how to adjust the car and he can always find a way to the front. How do you fade a guy that is never out of a race?
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Kasey Kahne
- Jimmie Johnson
- Jeff Gordon
- Joey Logano
Pick to Win
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior impressed us with his ability to move up through the pack at Dover last week. He boasts the highest driver rating at Pocono since 2013 and swept Pocono last year. Depending on how he qualifies he may not lead a lot of laps, but he will definitely set himself up for the win at the end of the race.