Kurt Busch 2018 Fantasy NASCAR Racing

Daniel Suarez

Points Finish 21st,  0 Wins,  3 Top Fives,  9 Top Ten,  16 Top Twenties, 18.5 Average Finish, 18.8 Average Running Position,  35 Laps Led, 70.51 Driver Rating

Strengths:

In 2019 I would look for Daniel Suarez to be at his best at shorter flat tracks, road courses and short tracks. He’ll also prove to be a respectable performer at intermediate tracks and big flat tracks.

Weaknesses:

Plate racing has been a notable weakness for Daniel Suarez and in half his starts on that track type he’s wrecked.

Intermediate Track Fantasy Value – B

I think 2019 should be a good season for Daniel Suarez at intermediate tracks. The #41 is a more competitive situation and entering his third season I think he’ll have a chip on his shoulder to perform well after getting booted from the #19.

Last year at intermediate tracks he really didn’t have that great of a season, in fact it was pretty forgettable. He had a few bright spots, but more bad days then good.

When it comes to intermediate tracks I think he has potential to perform well at all the different sub-types. He’s capable of running well at 1.5 mile tracks, 2.0 mile tracks and skill intermediate tracks.

A few notable good venues for him on this track type are Dover (6.8 avg. finish), Charlotte (10.7 avg. finish) and Chicagoland (11.5 avg. finish).

In 2019 at intermediate tracks I would look for him to typically be a low-double digits to mid-teens driver.

Flat Track Fantasy Value – B

Don’t overlook Daniel Suarez at flat tracks. He’s been respectable at both the shorter flat tracks and the bigger flat tracks.

At shorter flat tracks he has a knack for finishing well. In his career at those venues minus the race last fall at Phoenix (wrecked) he has an 11.5 average finish. In 2019 at those venues I would look for him to be a low-double digits to mid-teens driver at all three venues. Also I wouldn’t be surprised if he sneaks in a top ten or two at those tracks.

At the bigger flat tracks he also has potential to run well. At Pocono he’s finished in the top ten in half his races and last summer he started on the pole, led 29 laps and finished 2nd. In the spring he looked about mid-teens good but finished a misleading 24th after having late contact with another car. His overall Pocono average finish is 12.0. At Indy his overall average finish is 12.5. He finished 18th last year, in 2017 he finished 7th.

Short Track Fantasy Value – B

Daniel Suarez is a respectable performer at short tracks. Last year on this track type over the six combined races he had a 13.8 average finish and a 16.3 average running position. In 2019 in his new ride I think his fantasy value will largely remain the same on this track type and I would look for him to likely finish in the teens.

Richmond ranks as his best short track. His average finish is 11.5 and in 3 of his 4 races he’s finished in the top 12. Last year his results were 10th and 17th.

At Bristol his average finish is 15.5 with all of his results ranging from 11th to 18th. Last year his results were 11th and 18th.

At Martinsville minus his debut which didn’t go well his average finish is 14th. Last year his results were 9th and 18th.

Plate Track Fantasy Value – C+

Plate racing hasn’t been a strength for Daniel Suarez and in half his starts on this track type he’s wrecked.

Between the two plate tracks he’s been a lot more successful at Talladega. His average finish is 15.0 and in all of his starts he’s finished in the top 19. Last year he had results of 10th and 16th.

Daytona has not been kind to him and his average finish is 29.5. In 3 of his 4 starts he’s wrecked. In his one incident free race in summer 2017 he finished 17th. Last year he had results of 35th and 37th.

Road Course Fantasy Value – B

Daniel Suarez is a respectable road course racer. Last year on this track type he scored the 13th most points, had a 13.3 average finish and a 14.7 average running position. In 2017 on this track type he scored the 16th most points.

Watkins Glen ranks as his best overall track. His average finish is 3.5 and he’s two for two in terms of finishing in the top 10. Last year he finished 4th from the 21st place starting position.

At Sonoma both of his results are in the mid-teens. He finished 15th last year and 16th in his rookie year. I’ll note his new equipment might help him here because Stewart-Haas makes some of the best cars over long runs at this venue.

Last year at Charlotte when the track made its debut he finished 21st.

In 2019 I think he has potential to compete for a top ten at all three venues.