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. Jeff Gordon – The retirement tour finally makes its way to Sonoma Raceway, a track that has been very good to Gordon. Gordon has 5 wins at Sonoma. Gordon also comes with 22 starts at Sonoma, which is the most among active drivers. His 112.5 driver rating tops all active drivers. For once this year he has a top 5 average restart time at a track (Sonoma). He will be looking to earn his spot in the Chase this week.
2. Jimmie Johnson – JJ won his first road course victory at Sonoma in 2010. He cruised passed Marcos Ambrose, after Ambrose stalled while conserving fuel. The #48 boasts a driver rating of 107.4 since 2013 at Sonoma. His 8 top 10s (in 13 starts) make him a lock as a fantasy point scorer this week.
3. Martin Truex Jr. – Sonoma Raceway is a special place for Martin Truex Jr. The road course in the desert ended a 218 race winless streak for the driver in 2013. Truex is not winless in 2015, with a win at Pocono, and he comes in as the hottest driver on the Sprint Cup circuit. Sonoma could be the place he adds another win to his 2015 total.
4. Kurt Busch – He has a great ride and impressive stats at Sonoma. Over the last four road course races, Kurt has the 3rd best driver rating (104.9). Three of his last four Sonoma were top 5 finishes. When it comes to restarts, Kurt is near the top for 2015 and at Sonoma.
5. Clint Bowyer – Bowyer was given a new crew chief last week. He responded by finishing in the top 10 and earning 22 place differential points. In nine races at Sonoma, Bowyer has 7 top 10s. His average finish of 9.2 is the second best. Bowyer averages +7 place differential points. The next closest top tier driver is Jimmie Johnson with +4.
Long Shots to Score Big
1. Tony Stewart – Smoke has looked better over the last couple of weeks. He’s struggled with the lower horsepower 2015 rules package, but that was at ovals. At a road course, the lower horsepower shouldn’t separate the field the way it has at oval tracks. Smoke needs a win, and he’s finished 2nd or better five times at Sonoma. He knows how the drive this track and that gives him a major advantage over the field.
2. Austin Dillon – A lot of DFS players have been burned by the 3 car this year. It seems that he just slowly slides backwards on ovals, but this week – we turn right. Dillon has limited experience on road courses, but that’s why he’s a long shot. In his two Sprint Cup races at road courses, Dillon has place differential scores of +9 and +15. He’s got the equipment and is very affordable. Slugger Labbe takes over as his new crew chief this week, expect a spark.
3. David Gilliland – With such a low DFS scoring race, points will be at a premium. Place differential means everything this week. When it comes to Sonoma, Gilliland has one of the best place differential averages (+8 positions in 9 races). Other than last week’s wreck at Michigan, the Front Row racing driver has consistently scored place differential points in 2015.
*Martin Truex Jr. * – There wasn’t a post win hangover for the 78 team. They just kept on rolling. At Michigan, Truex was the 6th highest DFS scorer. Now would be a good time to stop betting against Truex; he won at Sonoma in 2013.
Jimmie Johnson – Kevin Harvick gets more love for leading laps, but by the end of every race the 48 is creeping up into the leader’s mirror. You cannot shut out Jimmie. Sometimes its ugly, but he works his way to the front every single week.
Kurt Busch – Kurt plowed his way through the field last week from 24th to 1st. Stewart-Haas is getting everything out of their Hendrick Chevy engines, but Kurt deserves some credit as well. He looks like the 2004 Nextel Cup Champion.
- Carl Edwards
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Clint Bowyer
- Kurt Busch
- Jimmie Johnson
Pick to Win
Jeff Gordon – No one comes close to Jeff Gordon’s dominance at this track. This might as well be a Pepsi commercial. Road course driving is such a unique skill; some guys have it, some don’t, but no one has what Gordon’s got.