Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Fantasy Preview – Daytona

Published On July 5, 2013 | By Daily Fantasy Source | Fantasy Nascar Strategy, Nascar

The NASCAR schedule has reached July, and there are only 10 races left until the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase begins. Matt Kenseth picked up his fourth win of the season on Sunday at Kentucky in a race that was delayed from Saturday by rain.

 

With that win, Kenseth is now in position to start ahead of the pack in the Chase with a 10-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson, based on the amount of wins. Now that the Sprint Cup Series goes back to Daytona for the first time since the middle of February, it’s time to preview who may join Kenseth in the winner’s circle club.

 

Of all of the active drivers, here is what their average finishes look like at the restrictor-plate race in Daytona and how it will impact your fantasy NASCAR lineup. Only current full-time drivers are listed.

 

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Avg. Finish (Career): 14.04

Avg. Finish (Last 5): 12.40

 

Career Wins at Daytona: 2

 

Take: Although his career has been very good at Daytona, I would use caution when inserting him into a starting lineup for this week. He has reached the Top-10 twice, but has only taken the checkered flag once in the past five seasons. He is a safe bet to get you some points, but not a huge amount. His return to Michigan in August, where he has been running incredibly well, is a more likely landing spot for another Junior win.

 

2. Clint Bowyer

 

Avg. Finish (Career): 15.47

Avg. Finish (Last 5): 20.80

 

Career Wins at Daytona: 0

 

Take: Bowyer hasn’t put up amazing numbers in terms of finishes in the last two years at Daytona, but he has been riding high as of late, and is a good fantasy option. He has finished in the Top-10 in five of the last six races, and no worse than 18th since the start of April. Bowyer is always a good bet.

 

3. Jeff Gordon

 

Avg. Finish (Career): 16.15

Avg. Finish (Last 5): 21.50

 

Career Wins at Daytona: 6

 

Take: Gordon’s stats over his career will always be a tad bit inflated, as he was tearing apart the schedule early in his Sprint Cup career. He’s been a bit up-and-down as of late, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable placing him in a fantasy lineup at the moment.

 

4. Kevin Harvick

 

Avg. Finish (Career): 16.50

Avg. Finish (Last 5): 24.20

 

Career Wins at Daytona: 2

 

Take: His stats over the last five races at Daytona are a bit skewed, thanks to an early crash that caused him to finish dead last in this year’s Daytona 500. I wouldn’t let that deter you, though, as he only has one bad finish since then (Talladega, 40th). Other than that, he has finished at least 11th in every week since Darlington on May 11th.

 

5. Matt Kenseth

 

Avg. Finish (Career): 16.96

Avg. Finish (Last 5): 15.40

 

Career Wins at Daytona: 2

 

Take: Much like Harvick, Kenseth had a pretty bad run at the Daytona 500, finishing 37th overall. He hit a rough patch in the past month of the season, but appears to be back on the right track after a win in Kentucky. We’ve seen him get hot after getting a win already this season, so you can start him on your team with high confidence.

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