NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the top 25 daily fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year Bobby Labonte finished 23rd in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Bobby Labonte plays in my church volleyball league, but he is definitely not known for his volleyball skills. The guy can race and has won both the Winston Cup Championship (2000) and the Busch Series Championship (1991.) Obviously the names of the series have changed, but Bobby’s driving ability has not. At 48, Labonte is one of the older racers in the cup, but his seasoned knowledge of tracks and driving ability will put him in contention as a nice daily fantasy racing selection this year. Even though he drives for a basketball player, it is his racing experience that makes him an asset to a daily fantasy racing team.
Overall Points: At 772 points, Labonte performed well enough to finish in the top-25 but will have to put together a couple of wins to be a cup contender this year. Without a win, Labonte ranks low on the daily fantasy racing ranks and should only be used on a track-by-track basis.
Wins: Labonte failed to register a win last year. He has the potential but lacks the consistency to do it on a weekly basis.
Top-10 Finishes: With two top-10 finishes last year, Labonte helped win me some money (I had him in a daily fantasy racing salary league during one finish). However, consistency is key in daily fantasy racing, and Labonte has to prove to us that top-10s are his forte.
Laps Led: With only one lap led, Labonte definitely doesn’t bring appeal to a daily fantasy racing format that counts laps led.
Pole Position: Labonte failed to register a pole last year and should struggle to do so again this year.
Team Strength: JTG Daugherty Racing is up-and-coming, but the team as a whole lacks the experience to be true contenders. With Toyota at the racing helm, it allows for true innovation but could be troublesome this year with cars returning to their “roots.”
Labonte failed to reach the winners circle last year but put together some nice top-20 finishes that benefit the daily fantasy racing player. He will continue to drive the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota during the 2013 season and look to build on the $3,000,000 plus earnings last year. He should fair well with a seasoned pit crew. With the “car of tomorrow” a thing of the past, Labonte will have to ride Toyota to victory. It will definitely be interesting to see if Labonte and Toyota can figure it all out and put up some wins this year. He couldn’t take down the volleyball trophy (I did), but he has a chance to have a strong finish.
For the daily fantasy racing player, look for Bobby to perform well at Southeastern tracks. He has had wins at Atlanta and Martinsville in the past and should perform well at the Florida tracks and Charlotte. I don’t know if we will see any wins this year, but we will definitely see some top-20 finishes. Remember, if you are looking for an addition to a salaried daily fantasy racing squad, take a look at Bobby for his results on historical tracks in the Southeast.