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Daniel Suarez – No fantasy NASCAR lessons can be learned from Daniel Suarez in the Daytona 500. He was a non-factor by lap 20. On lap 18 all the JGR cars came to pit road and at that time he missed his pit stall. That failed maneuver dropped him two laps down early and he never recovered from that. Later in the race he was collected in a wreck that led to his 29th place finish. At Talladega in his one other top series start at a plate track he finished 19th this spring. One aspect I like about Suarez is that his team he’s been clicking off good finishes. Over the last six races his 13.2 average finish is tied for the 7th best in the series.  (Yahoo C Driver)

Paul Menard – A typical good day for Paul Menard at Daytona is a result around the mid to upper-teens. In 3 of the last 6 races he’s finished between 16th and 18th. In this years Daytona 500 he had his best ever result at this historic track. When the checkered flag waved he finished 5th, earned the 8th best driver rating and had a 17th place average running position. I would think of him more as a “driver survivor” than as a strong performer from the race. Last summer at Daytona he wrecked and finished a misleading 36th. On the lap before he wrecked it should be noted he was running in 13th. In the 2016 Daytona 500 he just wasn’t a factor. He finished 18th, had a 21st place average running position and earned the 21st best driver rating. In summer 2015 Menard started 4th, earned the 7th best driver rating, had an 8th place average running position and finished 16th. With 20 laps to go he was running in 2nd and before the final lap he was running around 8th. In the 2015 Daytona 500 he performed better than he finished. In the race he earned the 12th best driver rating, had a 15th place average running position and finished 25th. During the final lap it looked like he would finish around 14th but he was involved in the last lap accident. (Yahoo B Driver)

Further Recommended Reading – DraftKings Daytona 500 2017 Drivers Points, Daytona Scouting Report

Ty Dillon – Ty Dillon hasn’t had much luck at Daytona. His average finish 27.7 and over his three combined races his best finish is 25th. In this years Daytona 500 he showed potential but was caught up in a “Big One” that led to his 30th place finish. In the two Daytona 500’s prior to that he had results of 25th and 28th. There is some hope with Ty Dillon though. His team is performing much better than they did early in the season and at Talladega this spring he had his best plate track finish and came home with a 13th place result. (Yahoo C Driver)

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