Well, it’s that time of year again: the start of another NASCAR season! This time, we’ll be going through the year without Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth, as the youth movement in NASCAR continues to grow. Of course, the start of another NASCAR season means it’s also the start of Fantasy NASCAR, and if you’re still looking for some great games to play, be sure to check out Fantasy Racing Online. FRO has games for all types of players, including The Showcase, which has over $7,000 in guaranteed prizes and awards $1,000 cash to first place.
The full starting lineup for Sunday’s Great American Race can be found by clicking here.
Final Top 25 Rankings for the 2018 Daytona 500
1. Joey Logano – Starts 5th – DraftKings Price: $9,600
Joey Logano had a rough 2017 season. Actually, “rough” is probably too nice of a term. He had an average finish of 15.2, which was nearly a full five positions lower than his average finish in 2016. One bad year shouldn’t steer you away from Logano, though; if anything, it might make him an even better pick this year. Logano is hungry to remind people that he’s one of the best drivers in the series, and starting off his 2018 campaign with a win would go a long way in proving that. Logano is a previous Daytona 500 champion and has finished 6th or better in four of the last six points-paying races at this track. The #22 Ford also led the most laps in the Duel race on Thursday before ultimately finishing 2nd. The Penske Fords could pretty much do what they wanted in that race, too, and that’s a great indicator of what to expect on Sunday.
2. Chase Elliott – Starts 4th – DraftKings Price: $10,200
If a Chevrolet ends up in victory lane on Sunday, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be Chase Elliott. It’s time for this kid to break out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and getting his first career win in the Daytona 500 would be incredible. In Thursday night’s Duel race–and in the Clash race last Sunday–Chase made some great moves to get to the front, and you know you’re doing something right when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. compliments you on Twitter. Looking at last year’s restrictor plate track races, Elliott had the best average running position (11.3) in the four events, although his average finish of 20.5 left a lot to be desired. If he can avoid trouble this weekend, though, Chase should start out his 2018 season on a very good note.
3. Brad Keselowski – Starts 31st – DraftKings Price: $10,400
Yes, Brad Keselowski wrecked his primary car on Thursday night, but it really doesn’t matter. And in games like DraftKings and the Slingshot Fantasy Auto Contest, where place differential is at such a premium, he’s going to be a great pick. The Blue Deuce is probably the strongest car in the field for Daytona, and Keselowski is one of the best restrictor plate racers in the series. His record here at Daytona isn’t that great (five finishes of 20th or worse in the last six races) but he did go to victory lane in the July race back in 2016 and also has a couple top 5 Daytona 500 finishes to his credit as well. Keselowski had the 3rd-best average running position on the plate tracks in 2017 (12.3) and it shouldn’t be long before he’s up front on Sunday despite starting back in 31st.