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 – Busch got his much needed win at Sonoma. Due to some bad luck at Daytona, he still needs to score big points, if he wants to make the Chase. Kentucky is a track the Busch can right the ship and score a lot of points. Rowdy won the 2011 race and hasn’t placed outside of the top 10 since Kentucky was revamped by Bruton Smith. If you want a guarantee, Busch is as close as it gets.
2. Brad Keselowski – BK has the most wins at this track since it reopened in 2011. BK’s two wins make him a favorite this week. He has also led 346 laps (the most). He has been a top 10 finisher 3 times. Brad has been quiet since his win at Fontana, but he knows he can find victory lane at Kentucky.
3. Matt Kenseth – Kenseth won the 2013 race at Kentucky. He has also been in the top 4 every year since the reopening. Kenseth also has multiple wins at Kansas, which is the only intermediate track that can be compared to Kentucky. Kenseth has a victory at Bristol this year and would love to add another this week.
4. Jeff Gordon – Yes, I know you are tired of hearing his name. Retirement tour win…blah, blah, blah. But hear me out. Gordon is the safe play and this could be the week he finds victory lane (or we may say that until the season ends). Gordon has 4 top 10s at Kentucky and has found the top 5 once.
5. Jimmie Johnson – The #48 was in tears in the media center after the Daytona race. He was genuinely worried about his fellow racer, Austin Dillon, after a horrific crash. There shouldn’t be any tears this week as Johnson loves intermediate tracks. Like his Hendrick teammate, JJ also has 4 top 10s at Kentucky. He has also led 203 laps at the Kentucky track. This years wins leader will want to be aggressive and race to the front.
Long Shots to Score Big
1. Ryan Newman – If you’re looking for an under owned driver to set you apart from the the rest of the DFS field, then it’s Newman. It’s always Newman. He’s a mid range play, and every one pays up or goes cheaper, and Newman is left alone without a dance partner. Newman’s had a pretty strong season following up his near championship run in 2014. At Kentucky, Newman has 2 top 5s and three top 10s in 4 races. He probably won’t be so lonely this week.
2. Clint Bowyer – With the high probability of DFS players jumping all over Newman this week, Clint Bowyer will become the mid range contrarian play. Bowyer’s disappointing season has turned around. Is it because of his new veteran teammate? Is it because NASCAR hasn’t been racing at intermediate tracks lately? Bowyer hasn’t been bad at intermediate tracks. He’s finished around 20th in every 1.5 mile race this year. He just hasn’t been good enough. With the combination of the improvements to the Toyotas by MWR and Bowyer’s growing confidence, he could easily break into the top 10 this week.
3. Paul Menard – If you take out an engine failure at Texas, Menard has been solid at intermediate tracks this season (14.3 avg. finish). The #27 RCR Chevy has been very consistent and affordable all season (15.8 avg finish). This is the best season of Menard’s career; he may not win this week, but the weeks when he sneaks into the top 10, he provides a lot of bang for your buck.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior comes of an early morning win at Daytona this week. All of the Hendrick drivers have had success at Kentucky and Junior isn’t left off of this list. Junior has 2 top 5s at Kentucky and an average finish of 9th since 2013.
Kevin Harvick. – The Closer has been great in 2015. His Stewart-Haas team continues to be competitive week after week. He has a102.3 driver rating at Kentucky since 2013. His 2 top 10s and average finish of 10th make him a strong play.
Kurt Busch – Kurt and Kevin are in the same boat. Their Stewart-Haas garage has been phenomenal. With a win at Michigan, a 2nd at Sonoma, and a top 5 at Daytona’ no one can argue that Busch is on fire. Look for him to add to his 2 top 10s at Kentucky this week.
- Brad Keselowski
- Matt Kenseth
- Brad Keselowski
- Kyle Busch
Pick to Win
Kyle Busch – There is nobody that needs to win this race more than Kyle Busch. After he smacked the wall at Daytona, it looked like his Chase hopes were basically done. However, due to some luck and a little skill Busch was able to get back on the lead lap and finish in 17th. Busch won the inaugural race at Kentucky in 2011 and has been in the top 10 every year since. Rowdy has the experience, needs the points, and will drive the wheels off his car to get into the Chase.