NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the top 25 fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year, Juan Pablo Montoya finished 22nd in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
I know that Montoya is Columbian, but every time I watch him interviewed, I think of the French Man in Talladega Nights. Being an avid daily fantasy racing player, I don’t care if you are from Antarctica as long as you score fantasy points and make me some real money. Montoya is a guy that intrigues me when it comes to certain tracks. The 37-year-old drives the #42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy. Montoya differs from most of the drivers because of his international fame. Building on Formula One success, Montoya is a guy that I unload on every road course NASCAR offers. Hopefully, Montoya won’t have a repeat of the 2012 Daytona 500- that kept me up for hours watching his explosion and the ensuing clean-up.
Overall Points: Montoya is our first driver to break the 800 threshold. He is a low-cost option for daily fantasy racing players and can help you contend for a fantasy win weekly if your desire is to stack your salary team. This past year was one of Montoya’s worst years in points, but he should look to perform much better this season.
Wins: Montoya failed to place 1st last year. This should worry the daily fantasy racing player for conventional tracks but shouldn’t hinder them from rolling him out on non-conventional ones.
Top-10 Finishes: Montoya had two top-10 finishes last year. Not surprisingly, one 8th-place finish happened at Watkin’s Glen. For daily fantasy racing players, this guy is a must-play on road courses.
Laps Lead: Montoya led 22 laps last year but was only in contention a couple of times. If your daily fantasy racing league caters more toward laps led, Montoya should be off your radar in the early season.
Pole Position: Montoya sat atop the pole twice last year on back-to-back occasions. He put up the fastest times at Pocono and Watkin’s Glen (surprise, surprise).
Team Strength: Earnhardt Ganassi is no slouch when it comes to racing teams. The team has four victories since its debut in 2009 (separately Earnhardt and Ganassi debuted a lot earlier). With a lot of industry pull, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Montoya in the winner’s circle this year.
Montoya is a daily fantasy racing spot-play. For example, in daily fantasy golf, I unleash Steve Stricker every time I see the John Deere Classic on the horizon- the same can be said for Montoya. If you hear the words “road course,” then roll Montoya out. Montoya’s racing background bodes extremely well for courses like Sonoma and Watkin’s Glen. Montoya posted a top-10 at Watkin’s Glen last year and carried me to a nice monetary win. If a low-cost daily fantasy racer is needed at a conventional course, Montoya will probably ensure you a top-25. For now, utilize him as a spot-play.