Drivers who you don't want to pick for the 2012 Daytona 500
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Ryan Newman – Ryan Newman hates plate tracks and I think they have a reciprocal sentiment about him. Since his Daytona 500 win in 2008 he hasn’t finished better than 20th here. That’s seven straight finishes lower than 20th. If that doesn’t say don’t pick me I don’t know what does. (Yahoo B Driver) <– I LIKE IT

Jeff Burton – Burton is primed to have a bounce back year but Daytona is an especially bad place for a driver looking to turn around their fortunes. Since 2008 Burton has one top ten at Daytona and an average finish of 20.9. The last time the series visited a plate track Burton finished second. (Yahoo B Driver)

Marcos Ambrose – Ambrose has had lots of problems on restrictor plate tracks throughout his career. At Daytona he only has one top ten and all of his other finishes are 17th or worse. Statistically things are actually worse for him at Talladega. I wouldn’t put to much stock in his 3rd place Bud Shootout finish. (Yahoo B Driver)

Martin Truex Jr. – Lots of bad things will happen to drivers in the 64th Daytona 500 and in my opinion Martin Treux Jr. is a magnet for problems. Even if he has a good race I’m confident something will happen to him. In thirteen races at Daytona Truex has only finished in the top ten once. (Yahoo B Driver)

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David Ragan – If David Ragan was still in Roush Fenway equipment his fantasy stock would be much higher.  He won last years Coke Zero 400 but I think the level of difficulty will be skyrocketed this time around. (Yahoo C Driver)

Danica Patrick – Pick her, I dare you. Picking drivers in their very first start on NASCAR’s top-level is not a smart thing to do. You may have fun picking her but your fantasy results won’t be that good. (Yahoo C Driver)

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