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 – This is not Harvick’s best track, but the track is built for his car. At Pocono, a similar low banked track with long straight stretches, Harvick ran 54 fast laps and scored 84.5 fantasy points. The only way to get out front at Indianapolis is to out power your opponents through turn 2 and 4. Take the car that brings extra ponies every weekend.
2. Jimmie Johnson – The 48 team seemed to be back on track last weekend, but when the extreme heat hit on Sunday, the team was unable to get the setup correct. Jimmie leads the league in wins, and is due. At Indy, Jimmie has the highest avg. driver rating (108.1) and 4 wins.
3. Kyle Busch – When Kyle won at Sonoma, I wrote in the cheat sheet that “Kyle wins in bunches.” I don’t see an end in sight. The JGR toyotas are looking strong and Rowdy is leading the way. At the beginning of the season, the experts said that the 2015 rules package favors Kyle Busch, and they were right. In the last five races At Indy, Kyle has finished inside the top 10. He also scored a top 10 at Pocono this year.
4. Martin Truex Jr. – The last month has not been kind to the Furniture Row Team, but this is the week it turns around. At Pocono, Truex had the best car and scored the most fantasy points (94.75). This is not a place where Truex historically does well, but then again, Truex’s 2015 has been unlike any previous year.
5. Jeff Gordon – I said that Jeff’s win would come at his home track of Indianapolis and this is definitely the time it needs to happen. Over his last 21 starts at the Brickyard, Gordon has 5 wins. His second win ever came at Indy in 1994. Gordon has led 528 laps and has an average finish of 8th. Gordon’s career is coming close to an end and the saga that is NASCAR would love for him to win at Indianapolis.
Long Shots to Score Big
1. Ryan Newman – The Indiana native had dreams of winning at Indianapolis as a young kid. His dream came true in 2013 when he won the Brickyard 400. During that win he led 45 of 160 laps. His place differential was less than stellar with Penske, but when he made the jump to Stewart-Haas things got a lot better. Now at RCR the equipment and the skill is there. He finished top 15 last year. If he qualifies 20th or above he may be the best value of the week.
2. Kyle Larson – Just when it seemed Larson was putting things together, everything falls apart. The exaggerated weather could bare some of the blame for Larson’s poor performance this week. Making excuses for Daily Fantasy NASCAR drivers is a bad habit, but a good strategy for contrarian GPP picks. Larson should be at an all time low price and ownership at Indy. Larson finished in the top 10 at Indy last year and always races well at Pocono. This is a track where he can excel. The biggest concern is the new Indy rules package. If NASCAR turns this race into a super speedway drafting style race, then downgrade Larson.
3. Austin Dillon – Hamlin lit a fire under this kid. An Angry Austin Dillon told the media a story about how Denny Hamlin called him a spoiled rich kid. Dillon has to defend his southern honor. He responded with a great finished at New Hampshire. In two races at Indy, he’s finished inside the top 20. Good Car, Good Value, and Angry.
Kyle Busch – Busch has 3 wins out of the last 4 races. He also has back to back wins at Kentucky and New Hampshire. How’s that for recent success?
Brad Keselowski – BK seems to have gotten things back on track. He is already in the Chase with a win at Fontana. Over the last two weeks, Brad has found himself looking at the bumper of Kyle Busch as he heads to victory lane. BK is tired and needs a good performance to keep his momentum.
Kevin Harvick – He doesn’t have the wins, but wins in Daily fantasy NASCAR are only worth three points. Harvick runs fast laps from any spot in the field. The 4 car has the most power each week and is worth the #1 price tag.
Track History – Previous Winners
- Jeff Gordon
- Ryan Newman
- Jimmie Johnson
- Paul Menard
Pick to Win
Kevin Harvick – Kevin has the the team and the car to compete every week. He was on the pole last year, but ended up finishing in 8th place. He also has a win at the Brickyard in 2003. However, throwing history out the window we know Happy has been great this year. He should continue his strong season at Indianapolis this week.