NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the top 25 daily fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year, Regan Smith finished 24th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Ironically, Smith finished one place ahead of Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series last year- ironic because Smith now drives Busch’s old #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy in the Cup. Smith also races in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports and found the winner’s circle for the first time last year. The 29-year-old will find himself possibly slated for all 36 races with Phoenix Racing this year (so they say). However, the daily fantasy racing player has to follow the Twitterverse and the news to stay up-to-date with information on the team. Team/Sponsor uncertainty is just like a late scratch in NBA daily fantasy games. Smith should run a full Nationwide Series, which could benefit his Cup driving tremendously. Like Busch, he is a guy that daily fantasy racing players need to follow closely to make sure that the uncertainties are out of the mix.
Overall Points: Smith put up 747 points last year. If he hopes to improve on this number, we need to see team consistency and a strong handle on the Gen-6 car (to me, a “car of the past”).
Wins: Smith failed to reach the winner’s circle on the Cup last year but did win a race on the Nationwide Series.
Top-10 Finishes: Smith had five top-10 finishes this year, something to build on this season. The talent is there, but the money may not be.
Laps Lead: Smith led two laps last year; this doesn’t bode well for most formats that include laps led. Daily fantasy racing players should monitor his position in the first couple of races.
Pole Position: Smith did not win a pole last year.
Team Strength: There are a lot of uncertainties facing the Phoenix Racing Team this year, and the majority of these comes from sponsorship and money issues. Smith has talent but will be better-suited to performance on the Nationwide Series this year. With JR Motorsports at his helm in the Nationwide, we should look for a lot of success.
Smith is another guy who is full of potential but hasn’t been dealt the right cards yet. The James Finch team has posted 13 wins since 1989 but has struggled with finding sponsors and money in the past couple of years. If daily fantasy sites add the Nationwide Series as a potential points boost, Smith can be an option for a lower cost-filler. However, in my mind, the team uncertainty puts him at the bottom of my list for daily fantasy racing this year. I wish him all the best, but unless the unlikely happens and he gets three wins to start the year, he won’t be making my daily fantasy racing team this season.