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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for the Daytona 500

Posted by chadmusselman on February 12, 2009

What’s more exciting in NASCAR than the Daytona 500? The Great American Race is the start of the 2009 season and all the drivers feel that they’ll be the one hoisting the trophy come November. Jimmie Johnson has won it the past three years, will someone be able to de-throne him in 2009? It’ll be tough, but here’s to what will hopefully be an exciting year of racing.

This week’s recommendations:

Chaser: Kyle Busch
Kyle’s career didn’t start well at Daytona. In his first five races he only had one top 5 finish. Now in the past three he’s had three top 5s with one win coming in last July’s race. Kyle should start off the season full of energy and ready to start off coming out of the off-season.

Alternate Chaser: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale has always run well at Daytona with 11 top 10s and two wins in 18 career races. His average finish of 13.6 is a pretty good mark as well. Last year he finished 8th and 9th in the races at Daytona, and the last time he had two top 10 finishes in a row at Daytona it was part of a streak of six consecutive top 10s.

Kasey Kahne
Kasey is starting a streak of his own at Daytona. His only four top 10 finishes in ten career races at Daytona have been in the last four races. Kasey seems to start every season strong and have talks of winning several races and contending for the title. This season doesn’t look to be any different, and Kasey should make a good run in the 500.

David Ragan
David is entering his third full season in the Sprint Cup and should really become one of the regular drivers that can contend for the win each week. He has two top 5 finishes in four races, and he should contend for at least a top ten this weekend.

Darkhorse: Kurt Busch
I picked Kurt as the comeback driver of the year, and he should start that by getting a top 10 in Daytona. He has three consecutive top 5s here and eight total in 16 career races. Look for Kurt to start the season off right and start the rebound from a sub-par 2008.

So, what is a darkhorse? I consider it someone that is out of the top 15 in points that didn’t make the chase. For the first couple races I’ll use last year’s standings and see who was not in the top 15.

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