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. Kevin Harvick – At intermediate tracks, speed is king. Short tracks, restrictor plate tracks, and even the unconventional tracks all play to different drivers’ skill sets. At the 1.5 mile tracks, it’s all about the car. Harvick is a great driver, but he’s had a legendary ride this year. Sure, the stats support Harvick as the number one pick, but over the last four races, Harvick’s Chevy has been the top of the class.
2. Joey Logano – The Penske 22 is fast, but this car is the best when it comes to intermediate tracks. Logano had not dominated a race in two months, but the return to a 1.5 mile track at Charlotte fixed that. This week, NASCAR changes tracks, but not track types. At Kansas, Logano has finished inside the top 5 in each of the last 4 races. With a win his pocket, Logano can go for broke.
3. Martin Truex Jr. – The question marks that surrounded the 78 team entering the Chase have all but disappeared. He’s averaging a finish of 7th over the last three races. Truex has made hay with the 2015 rules package at intermediate tracks this season (6.7 avg. finish). He had a top car at both Charlotte races this year, and he dominated the Kansas race in the Spring (78 fantasy points).
4. Matt Kenseth – Charlotte was a nightmare for Kenseth, but he wasn’t the only driver that struggled with the track. Write it off and move on. Kenseth is a great 1.5 mile track driver, and Kansas is a second chance for this JGR driver. Kenseth is in a big hole and he can’t count on a good day at Talladega in two weeks. Kansas is Kenseth’s only chance to keep his championship hopes alive.
5. Jimmie Johnson – The 48’s struggles have been well documented. Over the last month, Johnson’s had a top 3 car at every race, but he’s had horrible luck. Johnson is the best intermediate track driver in NASCAR. He was inside the top 3 at Charlotte until a mechanical failure ruined his day. Johnson won the Kansas race in the Spring. It will be hard to keep Jimmie off of fantasy rosters, if his salary is below $10,000.
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – The bandwagon is growing, and so will his fantasy salary. Roush Fenway is improving each week, and it’s starting to look like Ricky Stenhouse has finally figured out this Sprint Cup thing. The two time Xfinity series champ has scored 5 straight top 20 finishes (avg. finish of 14). Don’t expect the speed in his car to suddenly vanish.
2. Sam Hornish Jr. – Richard Petty Motorsports has become one of the biggest surprises of the season. Aric Almirola is a top 10 contender each week, but quietly, Sam Hornish has become a top 20 driver. In the Spring Kansas race, Hornish finished 16th. At 1.5 mile tracks, a driver’s performance relies heavily on the car, and the RPM Fords’ has speed right now.
3. Kasey Kahne – He’s a longshot, so sometimes they hit a wall. Charlotte should have been a much better race for Kahne. His car is good enough and he’s driven well aside from a blown tire at Charlotte. Kahne’s a cheap play that has the possibility of actually winning at an intermediate track.
Kevin Harvick – Now, it’s not just that Harvick has the fastest car at the track. Harvick has the results, too (1st at Dover, 2nd at Charlotte).
Joey Logano – The top 10 streak stretches to nine with Logano’s 4th win of the season. Logano‘s Charlotte victory proves that he is the best intermediate track driver this year (average finish of 5th).
Aric Almirola – Over the last month, there hasn’t been more than a couple dominant drivers. It seems that no one has escaped bad luck. Even Aric Almirola had a bad race at New Hampshire, but his 4 top 10s in the last 5 races is the best streak of his career.
Jimmie Johnson (Spring 2015)
Joey Logano (Fall 2014)
Jeff Gordon (Spring 2014)
Kevin Harvick (Fall 2013)
Matt Kenseth (Spring 2013)
PICK TO WIN
Kevin Harvick – It’s a speed play. Aside from Harvick’s blazing speed, he’s been the best driver at Kansas over the last 5 races (125 driver rating).