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The Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for what is sure to be the toughest test of the summer for fantasy owners. The rule changes NASCAR made in the offseason to bring back pack racing certainly worked in the Daytona 500, but the inevitable result was a bunch of wrecked racecars. Owners need to be prepared for more of the same in this weekend's 400-mile race at the famed 2.5-mile track, and as always, a little strategy can go a long way.

There is nothing wrong with big-picture racing this weekend. In fact, it is a smart move, especially in Yahoo! leagues. Owners need to save starts from the guys that have been the top options this season and go with some sleeper picks. The bottom line is that a race at Daytona is basically a coin flip, and luck has as much to do, if not more so, with having a good fantasy day than anything else. If a couple of your picks end up getting caught up in a wreck, at least you didn't waste a start from one of the big guns.

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