Fantasy Picks Daytona...Racing Points = Money

2014_Daytona500_REVThe long off-season is over and its time to get down with the first race of the year, Daytona.

Welcome to my weekly series of fantasy picks called “Racing Points = Money or RP=M for short.

This is how it works, I divided my picks into three separate categories, A List, B List and C list.

The A list group is for drivers who finished first thru tenth in last years final NASCAR  points standings.

The B List is for drivers who finished eleventh thru twenty-fifth in last years final standings and the C list is for drivers who finished twenty fifth and beyond.

I pick eight drivers from the three groups as follows:

Three drivers from the A List, four from the B list and one driver from the C list. To me this gives you a real world scenario because most fantasy games are not based on A list drivers, you have to choose from different groups to stay within your salary cap. Lets get started.

Landon Cassil will race Sunday from the 18th starting position after being hit by a car Thursday night.

Drivers starting from the rear of field are as follows for engine changes:

Tony Stewart

Danica Patrick

Bobby Labonte

Jimmie Johnson

Jamie McMurray

Clint Bowyer

Martin Truex Jr

Michael Waltrup

David Ragan

The Fords have won three of the last five Daytona 500 races and Chevy’s have won two.

Here’s my RP=M for the 56th running of the Daytona 500:

A List

Dale Earnhardt Jr- is an ace when it comes to restrictor plate racing and a past winner, it’s a no brainer with the best average finish over the last five years at Daytona, 9.5.

Denny Hamlin- has been on a roll this year winning the Sprint Unlimited and one of the Duels. Average finish 19.3 over the last five years.

Kevin Harvick- has the knack to race with the wind and with his top ten ranking of 16.5 average finish over the last five years is good enough for me.


B List

Paul Menard doesn’t get a lot respect when it comes to restrictor plate racing but his average finish of 16.5 over the last five years at Daytona is very respectable.

Ryan Newman finds a way to put himself in position for a shot at a win and being a past winner makes him a threat. Average finish over five years 18.3.

Clint Bowyer is one of the best in restrictor plate racing and I think he gets it done this year. Average finish over the last five years is fifth best among active drivers, 16.1

Joey Logano has grown up last year and is under the radar for this race but he has an average finish of 18.3 over the last five years at Daytona.


C List

Kyle Larson- the rookie is a pure racer and has been tutored by Jamie McMurray over the last week. No  stats for the rookie.

Good Luck Sunday!

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Tags: Bobby Labonte Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr Danicka Patrick David Ragan Daytona International Raceway Denny Hamlin Joey Logano Kevin Harick Kyle Larson Landon Cassil Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR Paul Menard Ryan Newman Tony Stewart

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