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Read the Practice Recap & NEW Sleeper Picks

The 2014 Sprint Cup season goes green this Sunday with the 56th running of the Daytona 500. While the "Great American Race" is revered by fans and drivers alike because of its history and mystique, NASCAR's most famous race is also one of the biggest headaches for fantasy owners. The same restrictor plate that keeps the high speeds in in check and created the exciting pack racing also creates the perfect atmosphere for devastating multi-car wrecks that can wipe out an entire fantasy roster in an instant. As a result, the Daytona 500 is one of the most unpredictable races of the season. While there is no perfect recipe for success, there are some strategies that can help minimize the damage that Daytona can do to your fantasy team. I always recommend staying away from big names in leagues that cap the number of times you can use each driver; and in leagues that require you to pick a different driver each week, using a sleeper option makes a ton of sense. Regardless of the type of fantasy league you play in or the strategy you use Sunday, luck will also play a large role in determining whether or not you start the 2014 fantasy racing season on a high note or in an early hole.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  2. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  3. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  4. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  5. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  6. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  7. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  8. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  10. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  11. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  12. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  13. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  14. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  15. Paul Menard, Menards
  16. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  17. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  18. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  19. Michael Waltrip, PEAK BlueDEF
  20. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  21. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  22. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  23. Bobby Labonte, TBA
  24. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  25. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  26. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  27. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  28. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  29. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  30. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
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6 Comments

A lot of your drivers classes are inaccurate. They have changed a lot of drivers from A B & C classes. Not a lot of research done for this article I see.

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Baymega 02/18/14 09:25 AM

To reiterate what Baymega stated, Yahoo! has made a ton of changes in driver categories. For example, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is now an A driver and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Brad Keselowski are both now B drivers.

The advice per driver is still sound, but the categories are off.

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LeGoat 02/18/14 11:04 AM

We'll get on those Yahoo classes ASAP!

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teamlegacy2 02/18/14 11:28 AM

FYI, Brian wrote the article just fine, this was a data issue. When he writes the article, it spits out the Classes, so don't blame Brian, blame me.

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teamlegacy2 02/18/14 07:11 PM

Also, don't forget to root for Austin Dillon this weekend! He's a big fan of Toolbox and plays in our Rotobowl contest last year! He actually did quite well!

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teamlegacy2 02/18/14 07:28 PM

Baymega, who cares about the classes of the drivers! Brian wrote the article to predict his Daytona 500 finishers. Lighten up dude!

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vardog 02/20/14 12:59 AM

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