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 – Rowdy didn’t win at Chicago, but he dominated the race. The JGR cars look strong and Kyle Busch seems primed to jump right back into another hot streak. Kyle won at New Hampshire in miraculous fashion in July, but it was not luck. He finished 8th last fall and 2nd in the three New Hampshire races before that.
2. Brad Keselowski – Penske may not be as hot as JGR, but they are very close. BK has had some big races this summer (three 100 fantasy point performances). Over the last five races at New Hampshire, BK has the highest average of fast laps (50). His 122.9 driver rating over the last 5 at New Hampshire ranks first.
3. Matt Kenseth – The 20 car has scored in a variety of ways this summer. He’s dominated the laps led, fast laps, and place differential categories. He’s dominated at every possible track type and in different rules packages. He’s dominated at New Hampshire, too. Kenseth averages an 8th place finish at New Hampshire over the last 5 races (4th best in NASCAR).
4. Kevin Harvick – He must win at New Hampshire; at worst, Harvick needs a top 5 to stay alive. The good news is that Harvick is a great driver with a great car, and he’s had recent success at New Hampshire. Harvick has finished 3rd in the last two New Hampshire races. In those races, Harvick scored 93 fantasy points in the July 2015 race, and 88 points in the fall 2014 race.
5. Joey Logano – The 22 Penske Ford is such a lock for the top 5 each week that statistically he must be on this list. Logano doesn’t always win, but he’s always near the front of the pack (2nd most top 5s this season). Logano has been strong at New Hampshire in the last two races. He finished 4th in the July race, and won the 2014 fall race (95 fantasy points).
LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Ryan Newman – The Rocket Man was better at New Hampshire early in his career, but he’s still capable of a top 10. Newman has finished inside the top 10 at New Hampshire in 59% of his races (4th best in NASCAR).
2. Kyle Larson – Bad luck struck during the July New Hampshire race, but you should know the routine with Larson by now. The kid scored two top 5s at New Hampshire last year. Throw out Bristol and Larson’s worst finish over the last two months is 13th (7 races).
3. Aric Almirola – With two top 10s in a row and an average finish of 13th over the last 7 races, this is arguably the hottest moment of Almirola’s career. The Cuban Missile finished 15th in the July New Hampshire race.
Denny Hamlin – A big fantasy day from Hamlin wasn’t surprising, but no one expected him to win the race. Hamlin overcame an early race wreck and climbed from being dead last and a lap down to victory lane.
Matt Kenseth – Bad luck at Bristol and an off day at Darlington, other than that, Kenseth is the best driver in NASCAR. Since Kentucky, Kenseth has 3 wins and an average finish of 3.75 (excluding Bristol and Darlington).
Carl Edwards – It’s JGR’s world, and we’re just living in it. Edwards followed his Darlington victory with an acceptable 11th place finish at Chicago. Last week at Chicago, Edwards rolled in 2nd (7th place average finish over the last 10).
Kyle Busch(Spring 2015)
Joey Logano (Fall 2014)
Brad Keselowski (Spring 2014)
Matt Kenseth (Fall 2013)
Brian Vickers (Spring 2013)
PICK TO WIN
Kevin Harvick – Kyle Busch is probably the safe pick, but Harvick has something to prove. Last year, Harvick faced a similar situation: win to stay in the Chase. He won.