Daytona 500 Fantasy NASCAR Picks for 2020 Race at Daytona International Speedway
By David Hayes
NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 marks the return of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule as the first its first major race of the 2020 season at 3 p.m. EST this Sunday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.
With last Sunday's NASCAR Busch Clash at Daytona in the books, let's take a look at three drivers in this year's Daytona 500 to consider when building your NASCAR fantasy team this weekend.
Daytona 500 Picks
Among all active drivers in this Sunday's race, no one has led more laps at Daytona than Denny Hamlin with 442. Hamlin won last year's Daytona 500, and across his 28 career performances at Daytona International Speedway, Hamlin has clocked 16 top-20 finishes, nine top-10 finishes, eight top-5 finishes and two wins (2016, 2019). Hamlin also finished in sixth in the Busch Clash on Sunday.
With just 13 career races at Daytona, Austin Dillon has a more limited sample size than veterans like Kevin Harvick (37), Jimmie Johnson (36) or Kyle Busch (29). However, Dillon has been an incredibly impressive in his showings here, even placing second in Sunday's Busch Clash at Daytona. Dillon has finished the top-20 spots 76.9 percent of the time (10/13) – the best career mark among all active drivers with at least six races at Daytona. Dillon's 15.08 average finish mark is also the best among all drivers with two or more appearances at this track.
Similar to Dillon, Erik Jones is another driver with limited experience but noteworthy achievement here. Jones beat out Dillon to win the Busch Clash at Daytona last Sunday, giving him his first victory on this track in only six career appearances. While, of course, skewed by a limited volume, Jones' two top-5 finishes (33.3 percent) and three top-10 (50.0 percent) finishes in six races are both tied for the second-best rates among active drivers with at least five races at Daytona.
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