NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the top 25 daily fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year, Kurt Busch finished 25th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
I am not a fan of the Busch brothers; I think they whine too much and try to take on a persona of the “bad boys of racing.” However, I don’t dispute one thing: both of them can drive and have proven so in the past. Kurt Busch was the 2004 Nextel Cup Series Champion, and at 34, his impact for daily fantasy racing players should be huge. Sadly, he has dealt with struggles on and off the track that have been detrimental to his success. Busch will continue to drive the #78 Furniture Row Chevy this year for Furniture Row Racing. He and his team should have no trouble converting the car back to an “older” style. If off-track woes remain limited, then daily fantasy racing players could see some fantasy success from Busch this year.
Overall Points: Busch ended the season with 735 overall points. His 6 DNFs had him tied with Jimmie Johnson for most in the top-25 drivers.
Wins: Busch failed to cross the finish line first this year, but he is no stranger to the winner’s circle with 24 wins in the past. If the #78 team can show some consistency, we could potentially see a victory this year. If Furniture Row Racing can contain him and give him a good car, he could be a cheap option for a daily fantasy racing goldmine this year.
Top-10 Finishes: With six total top-10 finishes, it seems Busch should have finished a lot higher in the points standings. Unfortunately, his 6 DNFs played a huge role in that not happening.
Laps Lead: Busch led 19 laps last year, and while that is not an eye-popping stat, it does show daily fantasy racing players that he can lead and score if given the opportunity.
Pole Position: Busch failed to post a pole this year and will rely on improved team management with Furniture Row Racing to strive for one this year.
Team Strength: Furniture Row Racing and owner Barney Visser have been in existence since 2005. Being out of the “North Carolina Loop” (headquarters in Denver) has yet to prove a good strategy for the team. With one win in the team’s history, a lot will need to be improved to post consistent finishes this year. It is important for daily fantasy racing players to understand that team factors mean success. If Visser can throw some dough around and Busch can drive like it’s 2004 again, it could be a decent season.
One thing that intrigues me about Busch is his unpredictability: he can be the nicest guy you meet one day and then an explosion the next. His unpredictability affects yearly fantasy racers a lot more than us daily fantasy racing guys, however. If the news checks out and Busch is free of sanctions, penalties, and suspensions, then he could definitely be a good, low-cost play. Busch and his team need to put in a couple of racers before the jury is out this year. I love the potential there, but I don’t know if I trust him in his first couple of races.
If we can get the 34-year-old driver to act 34 and get some consistency out of his team, then Busch is definitely a guy to watch. I love fighting in the pits and the old mantra of “rubbing and racing,” but for daily fantasy racing guys, this doesn’t translate into points. If DFS sites will give us bonuses for wrecks or temper tantrums, Kurt would be the first guy on my list. For the beginning of this season, he just isn’t that reliable.