NASCAR Picks for Daytona
Jeff Gordon, #24 Drive to End Hunger/Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports [Yahoo Class A]
His overall numbers at the plate tracks have been average at best for a while, but Gordon has been on a mini roll in the July race at Daytona. He has three straight top-12 finishes in the summer event at the track, compiling a 7.0 average finish during the stretch. It would be nice to see a little more consistency out of Gordon, but it is tough to argue with his numbers in this particular race.
David Ragan, #34 CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch, Front Row Motorsports [Yahoo Class C]
While he is an afterthought most weeks, Ragan becomes an excellent sleeper pick whenever the series visits a plate track. Heck, the guy won a Talladega earlier this year and won at Daytona in July of 2011. Fantasy owners have a realistic chance to get a great finish out of Ragan this weekend, and they should take full advantage of the opportunity.
Kasey Kahne, #5 Farmers Insurance/Quaker State, Hendrick Motorsports [Yahoo Class A]
Kahne is yet another driver that seems to come to life under the lights at Daytona. His 18.3 average finish at the track overall isn't that impressive, but he has reeled of six straight top-15 finishes in the July event. Kahne has logged five top-10 finishes during the stretch and has compiled a 7.3 average finish.
Kyle Busch, #18 Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he is a former winner of the July race at Daytona (and has had his share of dominant runs at the plate tracks), it is tough to fully trust Busch this weekend. After all, he has triggered massive wrecks in both of the superspeedway events this year, decimating fantasy rosters in the process. Sure, Busch could end up in victor lane this weekend, but as with many big names, owners will probably want to save him for another day in any league that has limits driver usage.
A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class C]
Allmendinger will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 this weekend, and while it would have been nice for fantasy owners to see Regan Smith instead, there is still sleeper potential. After all, Allmendinger has finished in the top 20 in four of his last seven starts at Daytona, finishing as high as third. In fact, he has finished 11-th or better at the track twice in his last three starts. Meanwhile, the No. 51 team ha slogged top-10 finishes in both of the plate races in 2013 so his equipment can get the job done.
Kurt Busch, #78 Furniture Row, Furniture Row Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he has been on a roll heading into Daytona, Busch just hasn't had a lot of success at the plate tracks recently. He has failed to crack the top 25 in both superspeedway starts this year and has finished outside the top 25 in his last three starts at Daytona. Granted, Busch does have solid career numbers at the track, but that doesn't change the fact that he is a bit of a shaky pick this weekend.
Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Hamlin has never really had much success at plate racing, especially at Daytona. In 15 career starts at the track, he has managed a mediocre 20.5 finish. Not to mention the fact that Hamlin has cracked the top 10 only twice in his 15 starts. His horrible luck the past few weeks doesn't exactly help his fantasy value either.
Michael Waltrip, #55 Aaron's Dream Machine, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class C]
The three-time Daytona winner finished ninth at the track last fall, and fantasy owners should consider him a legitimate sleeper option this weekend. In fact, his 15.8 average finish at the plate tracks since the start of last season is the seventh best of any driver. Waltrip may be annoying on television, but he can still help fantasy lineups at Daytona and Talladega.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He is the ultimate boom-or-bust option this weekend, but fantasy owners looking to hit it big may want to consider McMurray. He has three plate track wins in his career, including two at Daytona. On the flip side, he has a 24.2 average finish at the track for his career, so fantasy owners need to know going in that there isn't much middle ground with McMurray.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #17 Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class C]
The sample size isn't huge, but Stenhouse has shown signs of being a solid plate track driver. After all, he has finished in the top 20 in all three of his starts at superspeedways, and he has finished in the top 15 in both of his starts in 2013. Stenhouse is bound to have some rough outings eventually, but for now, he has to be considered a viable sleeper pick.
Ryan Newman, #39 Quicken Loans/Haas Automation, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class B]
After winning the Daytona 500 in 2008, Newman went into a terrible slump at the track that saw him finish 20th or worse in eight straight starts. However, he has righted the ship a bit lately, logging back-to-back top-five finishes at Daytona. Granted, his overall numbers still aren't great, but at least he has shown some signs of life.
Bobby Labonte, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Fantasy owners looking for a surprise sleeper pick in deeper leagues should definitely consider Labonte. For one, he has finished 16th or better in five of his last six starts at Daytona, picking up three straight top 15s. Meanwhile. Labonte ranks eighth in scoring among all drivers at plate tracks since the start of 2012.
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