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. Brad Keselowski – Over the last 8 races, BK is averaging 72 fantasy points per race. BK’s early summer slump ended when he rolled into Kentucky. Since July, Keselowski has had a fast car, and he’s been on the top of his game. BK won the Richmond race last fall and scored 192 points. He scored 90 points in the spring 2014 Richmond race.
2. Kyle Busch – His dominance has been well documented. Over the last 10 races, Kyle is averaging a 7th place finish. His average of 49 fppg is 4th best. At Richmond, Rowdy has the best average finish (7th) and the most wins (4) in NASCAR. Kyle has the 3rd best laps led to races run ratio at Richmond (47).
3. Kurt Busch – The other Busch dominated the Richmond race in the Spring. He led 291 laps on his way to a 151.75 point performance. Although Kurt struggled through the final half of summer races, he seems to have gotten back on track last week. Kurt was in the top 5 in both practices and qualifying. He was fast during the race, but he just couldn’t get out in front of Keselowski. The 41 Chevy has the winning setup for Richmond, Kurt just has to qualify well and that should be all she wrote.
4. Kevin Harvick – Kurt’s teammate is not too far behind. The Stewart-Haas Chevys are good to go for the Richmond race. Harvick ran 49 fast laps in the spring race (just a few less than Kurt). Harvick has been on a tear since last season. He may not win the race, but it’s safe to assume Harvick will score at least 70 points Saturday night.
5. Joey Logano – The Spring Richmond race was a fairly accurate predictor of the best 2015 drivers. Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano all ran well at this race. Logano ran 21 fast laps and almost led 100 laps. He couldn’t turn his pole position into a win, but his top 5 finish was good enough for a 69 point day. The way 2015 has gone, it’s hard to see Logano outside the top 5. At the last short track race in Bristol, Logano went to victory lane and scored 122 fantasy points.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Ryan Newman – The 31 RCR car is a safe bet for a top 10. Newman has always raced well at Richmond. His average finish of 11th at Richmond is tied for second best. Newman is one of the better short track drivers on the circuit (9th best average finish). Newman has finished inside the top 15 in 8 of the last 10 races this season. Newman may not light up the DFS scoreboard, but based on his salary, he’s a solid play.
2. Tony Stewart – Smoke has looked much more comfortable over the last month. He’s running inside the top 20 throughout each race. Earlier this season, he was running on the other side of 20th. Tony is just one lucky break from breaking through. This is it; he must win to get into the Chase. Don’t count him out as a home run GPP play.
3. Jeff Gordon – The Rainbow Warrior’s numbers at Richmond are terrific. The odd thing is that Gordon’s success at Richmond has come in the twilight of his career. In his last 17 Richmond races, Gordon has 13 top 10s. It’s doubtful that Gordon ends up in victory lane, but with his season on the line, the 24 should finish in the top 10.
Denny Hamlin – The Virginia native returns to his home track riding a streak of three straight top 5 finishes. At his hometrack (Richmond), Hamlin averages 77 laps led per race. The next closest driver is Keselowski with 54.
Joey Logano – Darlington was just another top 5 for Logano. He’s finished inside the top 5 in 9 of the last 12 races. It could easily be 12 for 12. He ran out of gas at Pocono while leading; finished 7th at Michigan; and Daytona is Daytona.
Kevin Harvick – It’s a bad day when Kevin Harvick finishes 5th. From a daily fantasy sports perspective, Harvick had another great day at Darlington. He scored 70 fantasy points with a salary of 10,500. That’s a return of 7pts per $1000 (5pts per $1000 is a good day).
Kurt Busch (Spring 2014)
Brad Keselowski (Fall 2013)
Jeff Gordon (Spring 2013)
Carl Edwards (Fall 2012)
Kevin Harvick (Spring 2013)
PICK TO WIN
Brad Keselowski – The Penske Ford #2 has been one of the top 3 fastest cars this summer. Along with a fast race car, BK is in a groove behind the wheel. Richmond should easily be a 100 pt day for Brad.