NASCAR Picks for Daytona
Carl Edwards, #99 Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he has never won at Daytona, Edwards has been a steady source of decent finishes at the track lately. In his last 10 starts at Daytona, he has seven Top 20s (including six Top 10s). Edwards should be a solid addition to fantasy rosters in most formats.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #17 Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
The sample size is small, but it is tough not to love the numbers Stenhouse has put up at Daytona. In four starts, he has a 12.5 average finish and has finished 12th or better in each of his last three starts. Stenhouse also boasts a solid 10.9 average finish in seven career Cup starts at superspeedways. He could make a great sleeper pick this weekend.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Chip Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Whenever the series visits a restrictor plate track, McMurray's upside alone makes him worth considering. After all, he is a two-time winner at Daytona and a former winner at Talladega. McMurray has also finished in the Top 15 in his last two starts at Daytona, so he doesn't have to win to be a useful fantasy option.
Joey Logano, #22 Shell-Pennzoil, Team Penske [Yahoo Class B]
He got off to a rocky start at Daytona, but he has been logging some solid finishes at the track the last few years. In his last six starts at Daytona, Logano has four finishes of 11th or better; during the stretch, he has a pair of Top 4 finishes. In Yahoo! leagues he should probably be saved for the intermediate ovals that he has dominated in 2014, but he is worth considering in other formats.
Kurt Busch, #41 Haas Automation, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Busch was one of the steadiest performers at plate tracks early in his career, but his numbers have slipper recently as he has hopped between several teams. Granted, he did finished sixth at Daytona last summer, but he has finished outside the Top 20 in four of his last five starts at the track. Consider him a high risk/high reward pick.
Austin Dillon, #3 Dow Chemical/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class C]
He hasn't made many starts at Daytona, but Dillon certainly had himself a solid showing at the track earlier this year. After winning the pole for the Daytona 500, he went on to finish in the Top 10. In fact, his ninth-place run in the season-opener remains his lone Top 10 to date. Dillon has plenty of value as a sleeper this weekend.
Brian Vickers, #55 Aaron's Dream Machine, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
His starts at Daytona have been sporadic lately, but when he has been behind the wheel, he has been effective. Vickers has five Top 15s in his last seven starts at Daytona and has finished 12th or better four times during the stretch.
Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Menard has hit a little rough patch at Daytona, failing to crack the Top 20 in his last three starts at the track. On the flip side, he did reel off four straight Top 15s at Daytona prior to his three-race slump; over the past two years, he is one of the Top 15 scorers at plate tracks. Don't count him out as a sleeper pick this weekend.
Kasey Kahne, #5 Farmers Insurance/Quaker State, Hendrick Motorsports [Yahoo Class A]
Kahne has had his share of rough outings at Daytona, but he has been known to break through with a gem. In his last eight starts at the track, he has five finishes of 25th or worse. During the same stretch, he also has three finishes of seventh or better (including a second-place finish). He is a boom-or-bust pick this weekend.
Michael Waltrip, #66 PEAK BlueDEF, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class C]
Daytona has been one of Waltrip's best tracks throughout his career, and that hasn't changed now that he is a part-time driver. Waltrip is a three-time winner at Daytona overall, and he has finished fifth and ninth in his last two starts in the July race at the track. He could make a great C-List option in Yahoo! leagues.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
His numbers at Daytona aren't fantastic: In 11 starts, he has just one Top 10 and a 23.2 average finish. That being said, he has been able to stay out of trouble recently, logging four Top 20s in his last six starts. However, you may want to gamble on a sleeper with a little more upside.
Casey Mears, #13 GEICO, Germain Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Mears has delivered back-to-back solid finishes at Daytona, finishing ninth at the track last July and cracking the Top 10 again in this year's Daytona 500. Believe it or not, Mears is one of just three drivers that has finished in the Top 10 in the last two races at the track. As volatile as racing at Daytona can be, Mears could be worth a start as a B-List option in Yahoo! leagues.
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