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While last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway was a wild card because the track is such a new addition to the schedule, this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is one of the biggest wild card races of the season. In fact, fantasy owners will be hard pressed to find a tougher race on the summer stretch of the schedule. After all, the main byproducts of the restrictor plates used at Daytona are pack racing and multi-car wrecks, so things can get ugly in a hurry for drivers and fantasy owners.

There is no bulletproof strategy for tackling Daytona; big-picture racing can help minimize the damage long term. In fact, I recommend a conservative strategy at the track (especially in Yahoo! leagues). For one, Daytona is one of the few tracks where just about any driver can end up with a decent finish, so you can put together a decent score with an unconventional lineup. Meanwhile, even the best drivers in the series can easily end up wrecked at Daytona, so there is a good chance you won't maximize their potential anyway. If you do use several sleepers and 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. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  2. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  3. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  4. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  5. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  6. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  7. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  8. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  9. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  10. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  11. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  12. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  13. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  14. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  15. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  18. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  19. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  20. Paul Menard, Menards
  21. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  22. Michael Waltrip, PEAK BlueDEF
  23. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  24. Casey Mears, GEICO
  25. Kyle Larson, Target
  26. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  27. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  28. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  29. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  30. Landon Cassill, Hillman Racing
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