Fantasy Watch: Favorites and Sleepers: Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is approximately a week away (2/16, 2:30 PM, Fox). For participants of NASCAR Fantasy Live, setting your line-up for this race is crucial tp having a strong start to this season. You also know that this race is a good time to fill your roster with long shots too. Here’s my suggestions for a winning roster.

A winning roster should consist of two drivers who are capable of winning, one driver who averages 6 to 1 stage point(s) and who can finish in the Top-10, and two sleepers.


  1. Denny Hamlin – #11 Fedex Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
Image of Denny Hamlin’s #11 FedEx Toyota Camry/Joe Gibbs Racing

Hamlin always runs well at Plate tracks. He has won twice, including in last year’s race.

2. Kevin Harvick – #4 Pit4Busch Ford Mustang/Stewart-Haas Racing

Harvick is another wily veteran who is always contending for wins in Daytona. He won i. 2007 but he either finishes high or wrecks out.

3. Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Tough Toyota Camry/Joe Gibbs Racing

ImaGE OF ERIK JONES’ #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry Livery for Daytona 500/Joe Gibbs Racing
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Jones earned his first career victory at Daytona in July 2018, but he’s either feast or famine.

4. #21 Matt DiBenedetto/Wood Brothers Racing

Image of Matt DiBenedetto’s #21 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang Livery for the 2020 Daytona 500/Wood Bros. Racing
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DiBenedetto is known for getting the most out of his equipment, and Fords have always been speedy in Daytona. He might finish inside the Top-10 or may not.

4. 34-Michael McDowell/Front Row Motorsports

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McDowell is always strong on Plate tracks, especially Daytona. He consistently runs in the Top-10 and has competed fro victories in the past.

5. #95 Christopher Bell (Rookie)/Levine Family Racing

In the team’s first season partially assisted by Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt DiBenedetto led the most laps last year’s race. This year, their technical alliance has been bolstered because Christopher Bell is a Toyota Development Driver. Look for him to be strong in this year’s race.

Garage: #9 Chase Elliott/Hendrick Motorsports

Chase Elliott has been hit or miss at Daytona. Choosing him as your Garage Driver is the wisest decision, to give you the chance to choose him 10 times, if you do not start him.

Elliott’s also my pick for Pole

Stage One: #2 Brad Keselowski/Team Penske

Keselowski is one of the most ferocious drivers and highly skilled blockers in the field.

Stage Two: #18 Kyle Busch/Joe Gibbs Racing

Rowdy will be strong in Stage Two and Stage three but cime up just short to Denny Hamlin.

Race Winner: 11-Denny Hamlin/Joe Gibbs Racing

Hamlin will win his second straight Daytona 500 and his third since 2016. He will bring Toyota their third since 2016.

Published by Michael J. Salvagni

I am an aspiring sports journalist. I tal;k sports. Keep it here for your daily dose of breaking sporting news.

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