We’re heading to Daytona this weekend but not for the type of race we’re all used to. Instead, the NASCAR Cup Series will be racing on the Daytona Road Course, which is the original Daytona we all know and love but transformed into a 14-turn, 3.61-mile track. For comparable tracks, I’ll be looking heavily at the Charlotte Roval this week as well as Sonoma. You can also throw in Watkins Glen in this just because it’s a road course. Kevin Harvick is on the pole for Sunday’s Go Bowling 235 and you can click here for the full starting lineup for the Daytona Road Course.
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Final Top 25 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for the Go Bowling 235
1. Chase Elliott – Starts 7th – DraftKings Price: $10,300 – FanDuel Price: $13,500 – Slingshot Price: $11,800
There’s no reason why Chase Elliott shouldn’t be a contender in this inaugural race on Sunday. Looking at the last two years on road courses, Chase has won both Watkins Glen events, took the checkered in the Charlotte Roval race last year, and also has finishes of 4th and 6th on his resume at Sonoma and the 2018 Charlotte Roval race. His only blunder was a 37th-place finish at Sonoma last season, but if you take that out of the equation, Chase has an average finish of 2.6 at the road courses over the last two seasons.
2. Kevin Harvick – Starts 1st – DraftKings Price: $9,600 – FanDuel Price: $12,500 – Slingshot Price: $12,800
With this new qualifying format, Kevin Harvick was the first beneficiary of it, and I feel like he’s going to have several more 1st-place starting spots through the end of the year as well. This #4 team is running stupid good right now, even for their own standards. Harvick has a ridiculous average finish of 5.9 this season, but over the last nine Cup Series races his average result is 2.7. No, that’s not a typo. He has four wins over that nine-race span and no finish worse than 5th. On the road courses over the last two years, Harvick has an average running position of 7.9 (which is 3rd-best in the series) and an average finish of 6.2 (which is 2nd-best). At this point, not picking Kevin Harvick in Fantasy NASCAR is just hoping he has an off day. For what it’s worth, my algorithm predicts he’ll win this race, too.
3. Martin Truex, Jr. – Starts 3rd – DraftKings Price: $10,100 – FanDuel Price: $14,000 – Slingshot Price: $12,400
About the only road course that Martin Truex, Jr. hasn’t had success at over the last two years is the Charlotte Roval. He’s finished 7th and 14th in those two races, but compared to Sonoma and Watkins Glen, that’s awful; at Sonoma, Truex has won the last two races there, and over at Watkins Glen he has came home 2nd in the last two. Overall, his average finish in those six races is 4.5, which is the best in the series. Additionally, Truex has an average running position of 5.0 in those six races, which is also best in the series. He should be a contender for the win here on Sunday.