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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 27, 2011

The boys are back in Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.  This is a pretty cool race, seeing the cars under the lights with all of their special paint jobs for the 4th of July weekend.  It also helps that Daytona provides some tight racing and close finishes.  For your team this week, it seems that chasers may be the easy pick.  Nine of last year’s chasers are the hottest drivers having the top average finish over the last five races.  No one is hotter than Kurt Busch and his 5.4 average finish.  Will he be the chaser to put on your team this week?

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kurt Busch
Yes, Kurt Busch is the Chaser that you should have on your team this week.  Kurt doesn’t have a win at the track yet, but don’t let that scare you away.   Not only does Kurt have the best average finish over the past five races, he has 7 top ten finishes in the last 8 races at Daytona.  He’s fourth in points and is having a great season.  Kurt Busch should be on your team.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Edwards doesn’t have the best record in Daytona with 0 wins, 4 top five and 6 top ten finishes in 13 career races, but he does have four consecutive finishes inside the top ten which no other driver has.  Oh, and he is the points leader right now, let’s not forget that.  Only 7.3% of you had Edwards on your team last week, so he could be worth picking up and gaining points on the competition.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Among active drivers Earnhardt Jr. has the 4th best average finish at Daytona.  Two of his 18 career wins have come in Daytona as well.  Dale really made his name at restrictor plate races and there’s no reason he would do poorly this weekend.  If he avoids trouble he should finish in the top ten.  Of the races he finished outside of the top ten he was 35th, 29th, 36th, 32nd, 36th, 27th, 39th, 24th, 13th, & 13th.  So, stay out of trouble and Earnhardt should get you a top ten.

Juan Montoya
In Montoya’s first five races at Daytona his average finish was 27th with 14th being his best.  Since then, in his next four races at the track, he finished 9th, 10th, 27th, and 6th with an average finish of 13th.  It looks like Montoya has figured out the superspeedway and gained some respect from other drivers to give him the room needed to stay in the race to the end.

Dark Horse: David Ragan
In David’s 9 career races at the track he has collected 3 top ten and 2 top five finishes with an average finish of 16.8.  After Sonoma Ragan fell two spots to 20th in points, but look for him to have a rebound this week at Daytona and contend for a top 15 finish.  He’s not a bad driver and does have 4 top ten finishes this season, so it’s not out of the question.

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