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. Martin Truex, Jr. – The last time Truex wasn’t a top DFS driver was Michigan. The only reason he didn’t score big at Michigan was because his jackman damaged his car on pit road. Truex has won 3 of the last 5 races. Two of those races were at intermediate tracks. On Memorial Day, Truex put on an absolute show at Charlotte. His 197 points in an intermediate track race is a record that won’t be broken for a long time. At intermediate tracks, Truex is averaging 93 points per race. That’s 24 points more than the second best driver.
2. Kevin Harvick – Mechanical failures happen; Dover means nothing. Besides Truex’s rocket ship, Harvick has the next best ride. He’s averaging the second most points at intermediate tracks (69 points). Harvick is tied with Truex for the highest percentage of fast laps in 2016 (10.7%). In the last 6 Charlotte races, Harvick’s 21.3 fast lap points per race leads NASCAR. Truex is the chosen one this weekend, but as we witnessed at Dover, anything can happen.
3. Brad Keselowski – His intermediate track finishes are good, but he’s not scoring big time points. How can any driver score big time points when Martin Truex, Jr. dominates every race? Keselowski has the 3rd best average finish at intermediate tracks this season (7.6). Last year, he had the best average finish at intermediate tracks. BK has two wins and 7 top 10s in 8 intermediate track races.
4. Jimmie Johnson – His Charlotte stats are not quite as staggering as Dover, but they’re the best in NASCAR (7 wins). At Dover, Jimmie proved that his favorite tracks can reinvigorate him. The Hendrick cars have looked good in the Chase (all 4 cars finished with a top 10 DFS score at Chicago). Jimmie did not have the best summer, but Charlotte was not a part of the 48 team’s struggles. In the Memorial Day Charlotte race, Johnson ran 72 fast laps and finished 3rd.
5. Kurt Busch – If Truex dominates again, then finishing position is all DFS players need from the top tier. Before an unfortunate wreck at Darlington, Kurt had top 10 finishes in every 1.5 mile race this season. Fast lap and lead lap points aren’t in the cards, but at his typical price point, finishing position will get the job done. You have to run upfront to have a shot at winning, and that’s exactly what he does (average finish of 6th before the Darlington wreck).
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Kasey Kahne – Hendrick is hot and Kahne has finally turned things around. Kahne has been a lock for 30 fantasy points each week this year. At Charlotte, Kahne has four wins and three 2nd place finishes.
2. Ryan Newman – At intermediate tracks, Newman has the 9th best average finish this year. He finished 10th at Charlotte in May. He’s been his normal, consistent self at Charlotte with 9 top 15s in the last 10 Charlotte races.
3. Chase Elliott – The Hendrick cars were fast right off the hauler in the last intermediate track race (Chicago). While other teams chase speed, Chase and his team will tweak towards perfection. Elliott has 6 top 10s at intermediate track races this season.
Kasey Kahne – He just missed extending his top 10 streak to 5. Still, 12th is pretty good. This looks like the old Kasey Kahne.
Brad Keselowski – In the last 10 races, BK has 8 top 10s. He’s on a 4 race top 5 streak.
Martin Truex, Jr. – Not only does he win, but he crushes the fantasy scoreboard. He topped 100 points again last week.
- Martin Truex, Jr. (Spring 2016)
- Joey Logano (Fall 2015)
- Carl Edwards (Spring 2015)
- Kevin Harvick (Fall 2014)
- Jimmie Johnson (Spring 2014)
PICK TO WIN
Martin Truex, Jr. – This choice is easy for me. This car is too fast and the driver is locked in. Truex is likely going to win the championship.
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