Fantasy Picks 2020 ~ Daytona 1
Well, it’s that time again. It’s time again for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. The Great American Race. The 2020 Daytona 500.
A new racing season is finally here. And that means it’s time once again for a new Race Fans Forever Fantasy Racing Game.
In Cup 2020 is a huge season of change. As they used to say about a bad handling race car, they changed everything but the car number. New season, new ownership, new leadership, new series sponsorship, new broadcast booth, new schedule, new stage lengths, new aero and horsepower packages, new ticket prices, new Playoff deciding race, different season finale venue, new Hall of Fame selection process, new Awards Ceremony location. Only time will tell if the racing has changed. In the RFF Fantasy Racing Game the new season means new Fantasy Racers using their best prognostication skills to pick the highest Cup finisher each week to accumulate valuable points in their quest for the 2020 Fantasy Championship.
No Stages... No Stage Points
No Chase... No Win You’re In
36 Races...1 Pick per Race... Points awarded for Race Finish
A Champion crowned through season-long performance...
Fantasy Racing the way it was meant to be!
The game is simple. Picking a winner each week... not so easy.
2019 Fantasy Champ Kelly Meiste returns to defend his championship against an experienced field of fantasy racers along with a racer or two with a yellow stripe on their rear bumpers. PattyKay Lilley, runner-up the past two seasons is determined to improve her position and win all the marbles this season. She’s shown she ready and loaded for bear, notching a practice win, picking the Busch Pole winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. She will be a force to contend with.
Newcomer, John Barnes, will join the ranks and try his hand at the RFF circuit. A veteran of the four-pick Bartley Cup series it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the single pick RFF game.
With 2018 Champ Frank Buhrman, Vivian Simons, Hal Ashburn, Will Dossett, Bob Danielson and J. L Steel it’s shaping up to be an exciting season. And who could forget Berra Nordin who adds the international angle to racing prognostication.
What a great lineup!
Usually, I would give a brief summary of past Daytona’s and possible picks but as we saw in the Clash it’s wide open and if a driver can stay on the lead lap, keep four wheels pointing in the right direction for a reasonable amount of time and has good help they can win. What we do know is this will be the first Daytona 500 with tapered spacers... yes they used them there in July, but this is February. It may make a difference.
Will Sunday bring Racing? Riding? Passing? Crashing? All the above? Only time will tell. Bottom line is the cars are back on the track and it’s time to pick the winner! It’s time to go Fantasy Racing!
Let’s see who our field of Fantasy Racers think will be hoisting the Harley J. Earl hardware in Victory Lane as the fireworks explode and the confetti and beverage of choice flies?
Our Daytona 500 Picks
I need to go on record as one that ALWAYS needs to recover from my bad pick at Daytona. This year, there are so many new young faces that I feel like a stranger just looking at all of them. Therefore, I'll go with a friendly face that I've watched for some time now... the guy that has the best overall finishing record in recent races. Put me down as riding with Ryan Newman. He can do more than qualify. He actually finishes plate races. Yeah, I know plates are technically gone, but I'm not fooled by tapered spacers. They're just plates in disguise!
Timmy Hill really might have a chance, y'know. A one-two-three sweep by Rick Ware cars could happen. So who do you pick for a race that's not really a race, but rather an ultra-expensive demo derby where the only guarantee is a bump in International Speedway Corp./NASCAR's bottom line? I really hate Daytona/Talladega races, and I won't be watching next week, but I need a pick. so who's the best at staying out of trouble? I'm gonna go with my Virginia guy and say Denny Hamlin in #11.
For some reason, my thoughts and mind keep going to Chase Elliot. He did really good in the Clash and I think he will be giving a great performance in the 500. He has matured and leaned a lot the last couple of years and has good equipment and car from Hendrick Motorsports so he will go by the black and white checkered flag first.
I'm glad the waiting is over and all signs of the dreaded NOD has past away and Racing at Daytona is on!! Not that I like the Super Speedway races any better after Sundays Clash or Crash or what ever we can call it! IMHO NASCAR needs to put on their "thinking caps" and take a long hard look into the Super Speedway racing this is just stupid right now!
Well with that said Sunday’s race and quals gave me at least one idea on who's going to win the 500, #10 Aric Almirola is my pick!!
It's Daytona, a bunch of silly season changes have been made, and it's a kinda sorta new package. So I literally put ten numbers into a bowl and asked the beloved Mrs. Ruiz to draw one.
Dame Fortune has lined me up with Martin Truex Jr. for Sunday.
My pick is #18 (I can't even make my fingers type his name).
Well, it has been a long winter (-5 degrees this morning). I think it's time for the Chevy boys to get it together and start doing something, like winning. I still like Yung Money, but I'm going to go with Bowman, the Showman in the 88.
Well I got 1-point last year so it can only go up. I hope. I'll take Matty D in the #21. Hard to pick these crapshoots. Hope everyone stays safe.
J. L. Steele
I expect Brad Keselowski to have a big year in 2020. There's no better way to start than to win the Daytona 500. Keselowski will take the Penske #2 to victory lane.
Ryan Newman. Why? I like his hairstyle? No, I don’t really have a good reason, other than he finished the Clash fairly high, I don’t want to pick what others will probably pick, and I’m wanting him to do better this season. Aspirational picking. It’s why I NEVER win fantasy stuff. I always pick UK in all my brackets, even if I fill out several.
Earlier this year we lost one of the Giants of NASCAR-Junior Johnson. In honor of The Last American Hero I’m going to go with one of his car numbers from when he ran the two car Budweiser team. No, not DW’s #11, but Neil Bonnett’s #12. So, Ryan Blaney, this Bud’s for you and here’s to you, Junior. Race on!
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