Daytona 500 2012: Fantasy Preview

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Daytona 500 2012: Fantasy Preview
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The Daytona 500 is the one race where it is really a crap shoot for who to pick. Each driver has a shot to win the race and each driver has an even greater chance of getting caught up in a wreck that isn’t their fault.

Yahoo Fantasy Racing's advice is to use drivers who you may not use during the season. There is no need to waste a quality start—in which you only get nine starts for the year—in a race where the driver is at the mercy of the big wreck. In saying that, there are some drivers who you should use at restrictor plate tracks because they are their specialty.

NASCAR Fantasy Live is a completely different form of a fantasy contest. It is a salary cap-type league with additional points for position differential, pit road differential, laps led and fastest lap points for the fastest lap leader. This is the “new” fantasy game that is more relevant to loop data than any other fantasy contest.

NASCAR uses uniform templates for the aerodynamics of the cars, making them exactly the same, and many teams get their engines from the same engine shops—the cars are competitively even. There is one skill that shines at the restrictor plate tracks, which is the art of drafting.

We will now run through a few picks for each tier that Yahoo Fantasy Racing requires, as well as NASCAR Fantasy Live's advice. I will also analyze the Salary Cap Stock Car Challenge that ESPN uses in their product.

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