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. Kyle Busch – Why not? Rowdy is fast every week. The only person that can beat Kyle Busch is himself. It just so happens, that Kyle is good at Darlington, too. Imagine that. In 10 races with “The Lady in Black,” Kyle has 6 top 10s and a win. His laps led to races run ratio is the highest in NASCAR (59 laps led per race).
2. Denny Hamlin – The often forgotten JGR driver will be on everyone’s radar this week. Hamlin has an impressive average finish of 6.89 at Darlington. He’s led 357 laps in his 9 races at “The Track Too Tough To Tame” (the 4th best ratio of laps led to races run). Hamlin’s top 10 percentage at Darlington is the best in NASCAR (78%).
3. Matt Kenseth – Engine problems ruined the 20 car’s night at Bristol, but it happens (e.g. Harvick at Pocono). Kenseth is hot and is driving a very fast car. Since switching to Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth has a win and a 4th place finish at Darlington. His driver average over the last 4 races at Darlington is the third highest in NASCAR (119.9).
4. Kevin Harvick – The way Harvick is running, you can safely assume he’ll finish in the top 3. It’s not a big stretch to imagine Harvick leading laps and running fast laps. In the past, Harvick struggled at Darlington, but he’s figured the track out. Over the last four races at Darlington, Harvick has the highest driver rating (127.8). In last year’s Darlington race, Harvick’s daily fantasy score (144 pts) was almost double that of the second place driver.
5.Jimmie Johnson – Hendrick has struggled lately, but a return to an intermediate track is good news for the Chevys. Darlington is not the typical cookie cutter 1.5 miles track; it’s the intermediate track version of Dover – a place where Jimmie dominates. At Darlington, Johnson has 3 wins and the highest top 5 percentage (56%). This week the struggles end.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Tony Stewart – Track history is always on the side of Smoke because he’s a hall of fame driver. Beyond the historical stats, it seems that Tony is finally starting to figure out the 2105 rules package. The finishes don’t quite show it, but Stewart has been no stranger to running inside the top 15 lately. Stewart has raced well in his last four races (even at Watkins Glen where a mechanical failure ruined his day), and has scored solid fantasy points.
2. Kyle Larson – The kid is getting into Ricky Stenhouse territory. He’s a talented young driver with some impressive stats in his short career, but his aggressive style isn’t always going to pan out against the best stock car drivers in the world. In his one race at Darlington, Larson finished 8th. That’s a very impressive performance on what many consider to be one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. Larson has no business in your cash lineups, but he’ll be an intriguing GPP play as always.
3. Justin Allgaier – Over the last four races, Allgaier is averaging 24.25 pts a race. With high priced drivers gobbling up the fast laps and laps led, Allgaier provides salary cap relief and produces points. He finished 12th and ran up front all night at Bristol. In his one race at Darlington, this small team driver managed to finish 23rd.
Kyle Busch – The wins aren’t flowing like before, but the 18 is clearly the best car on the track each week. Even with a little bad luck and stupid mistakes, Kyle is still scoring DFS points in bunches (111 pts at Bristol).
Joey Logano – The Daytona 500 winner spent 21 weeks looking for his second win. Now, he has three wins. It seems that Logano has stolen Kyle Busch’s magic.
Kevin Harvick – Bristol marks yet another second place finish for Harvick. His 10 second place finishes are the most by a driver since 1972. In the spring Bristol race, he got caught in an unavoidable wreck; at Michigan, the pit crew busted his tire; at Pocono, he blew an engine. Other than that, he’s averaging a finish of 3.42. That’s insane.
Kevin Harvick (2014)
Matt Kenseth (2013)
Jimmie Johnson (2012)
Regan Smith (2011)
Denny Hamlin (2010)
PICK TO WIN
Kevin Harvick – The man that hasn’t visited victory lane in months is going to return in spectacular fashion. Harvick will become the back-to-back Darlington champion. We know he’ll finish in the top 3, so there is a 33% chance that he finishes first.