Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Current Form, Track History, and Betting Odds for the Go Bowling 235

Ryan Blaney won in Charlotte in 2018 and will start 24th on Sunday, making him a top-tier DFS play for the Go Bowling 235. Which other data is noteworthy as the Cup Series heads to the Daytona roval?

Even at road courses, current form matters.

Last year, the NASCAR Cup Series ran three separate races on road courses. In two of those races, the current form section of my model outperformed the section that centered around road courses in predicting where drivers would finish. The one exception was the Charlotte roval, where the margin between the two was slim.

That's something we should expect to continue this weekend. For the first time, the Cup Series will be running the Daytona roval. Teams will run the big, sweeping corners of the oval track before diving through the infield, as well.

That should push us toward valuing form again this weekend. With the speeds likely to be high in the banked corners, you're going to need some giddy-up to compete. If teams don't have that -- something that their current form will show us -- we may want to proceed with caution.

As such, this week's data sheet is still going to focus heavily on current form. That's below. The problem is that pinpointing which races will be most relevant is difficult.

The turns are going to require good top-end speed and acceleration. The turns will require proper handling. Those characteristics don't overlap at a ton of tracks. So, instead of picking effectively at random which tracks to focus on, we'll just pull the last six races straight up.

This gives us a blend of different characteristics. The two races last weekend in Michigan required speed. The one before that in New Hampshire required handling in flat corners. If drivers were fast in those spots, we can generally expect them to do well on Sunday.

The one area where we may want to consider road-course history is with the drivers who have struggled. There is some legitimate skill required to run well on these courses, and it's a skill not every driver possesses. So if a driver has consistently poor marks on road courses, it's fair to be skeptical of them even if they do fit our process for DFS.

The tracks included for that section will be the six road-course races run within the past two seasons. Each track is unique, and Daytona will be different from them, as well, but taking them all in together should give us a good idea of which drivers we might want to cross off our lists.

As always, the numbers listed are each driver's average running position rather than their finish. This can be a bit fluky at road courses because strategies differ so much. A driver can be competing the entire race, but if their strategy is different from the rest of the pack, their average running position may not show it. Still, this is likely to be the better intel than focusing just on finishes.

The other information listed is each driver's FanDuel salary, win odds at FanDuel Sportsbook, and starting position. The win odds are presented in fractional form, so Chase Elliott ($13,500) being listed at 4.2 means he is +420 to win.

As mentioned in our track preview, starting position matters a lot this weekend. We want to pinpoint drivers starting further back who can get upside via place-differential. This sheet should illustrate a couple of drivers who fit that.

Kevin Harvick$12,5006.5142106812381110114
Denny Hamlin$12,0006.5284239182551018913
Martin Truex, Jr.$14,00063142094177933842
Kyle Busch$11,0001245736671322154959
Joey Logano$10,400175101262076152114143613
Aric Almirola$9,200476121978107121217212615
Chase Elliott$13,5004.279811121387115936
Kurt Busch$9,8001989101411892111149149
Matt DiBenedetto$9,400319720921117141210253223
Austin Dillon$6,30017010221717231412212924262119
Jimmie Johnson$8,800351111141419271111151281510
Clint Bowyer$10,0001912814111717108151514146
William Byron$9,000351311161015181561811171021
Ryan Newman$7,2008514202519241822192412241921
Christopher Bell$8,4003515121516192219------------
Matt Kenseth$5,5008516182324201923--------22--
Brad Keselowski$10,6001017206241198818161511
Tyler Reddick$8,0005518172316121517------------
Bubba Wallace$5,00020019181622272027262726272630
Erik Jones$9,60019201072399173671425514
Chris Buescher$7,00015021202524271716171515232118
Ryan Preece$3,50020022252516272829212327------
Ty Dillon$4,50020023242324252421212626232528
Ryan Blaney$11,4009242271365513126121223
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.$6,00017025191421352425171819212025
Cole Custer$7,5005526221714162414------------
Alex Bowman$9,1002427201017121310201313151614
John Hunter Nemechek$5,50020028282524182428------------
Corey LaJoie$3,50020029232632252329313229------
Michael McDowell$6,50020030292624242323141523191620
Daniel Suarez$4,00020031282927252929112117211013
J.J. Yeley$3,0002003231303028293232--3832----
Brennan Poole$3,00020033323229353231------------
Reed Sorenson$3,000200343334--3233--383736------
Quin Houff$3,00020035343235323235------------
Timmy Hill$3,0002003738363338373734----38----
Brendan Gaughan$4,00020039------------------------

This makes it evident why Ryan Blaney ($11,400) deserves to be a core play on Sunday.

Blaney is starting 24th, so he checks the place-differential box. He also has both current form and road-course history with a win at Charlotte in 2018 in his back pocket. Blaney can pay off without a win, which is always desirable for a stud.

The one downside of this chart is that the road-course section is blank for all rookies because they haven't run one in the Cup Series yet. So, instead, we can look at the Xfinity Series for some signals there.

The Racing Reference fantasy tool can be a major crutch. If you look at the past 10 road-course races, it'll show all races from 2018 and 2019 (plus the two this year), giving us -- for the most part -- an eight-race sample on the 2020 rookies. It can at least tell us who was competitive and who wasn't.

Christopher Bell ($8,400) firmly fits into the former. He lit it up on road courses in 2019, winning once, finishing runner-up twice, and holding a top-six average running position in all four races. Bell isn't a cash-game option because he's starting 15th, but he certainly has the upside to justify exposure in tournaments.