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2020 Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Go Bowling 235

I wasn’t too thrilled with the races at Michigan. Pretty boring if you ask me, but congratulations to Kevin Harvick for sweeping the weekend!


This week the series heads to the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. This will be the first road course race of the season and the first time for the series to race on this track. This is going to be difficult for the teams to get their cars handling without any practice time. Some of the drivers have been on the course when they ran the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but not many of them.

Chase Elliott: I’m going to pick Chase to win this race. He has won three of the last eight road course races that the series has run and that says a lot when teams aren’t able to get any practice time in. They should have good notes on how their cars ran well at other road course tracks over the past couple of seasons and that should help.

Martin Truex Jr.: Same goes for Martin. He has won three of the last eight road course races also and should be in the same boat as Chase. Both of these drivers should be able to run pretty well at the beginning of the race and be able to make the necessary adjustments as the race progresses.

Denny Hamlin: Denny has run well on the road courses in his career and has really run well all season. I would have thought he would have more than one win on this type of track but hasn’t gotten the results. He has finished in the top five in six of his last ten road course starts.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has four road course wins in his career and this team is chomping at the bit to get into victory lane again. He has nine top ten finishes in his last twelve road course starts and if it takes a great driver to win with an ill handling car Kyle is the one that can do it.

Clint Bowyer: Clint has one road course win in his career and has also finished in the top five in twelve of his thirty career starts at this type of track. If his car is close to handling very good he is going to be in the mix at the end of this race as they dial him in.

Kurt Busch: Kurt is another very good road course racer and still only has one career victory on this type of track. I think he is going to do well here this weekend just because of how good he has been on these tracks throughout his career.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin has two career wins on these tracks and has finished in the top ten in eleven of his last thirteen starts on them. Those are pretty good statistics, but we have to decide when we are going to use him as he has been winning everywhere this year. Do we want to take a chance on him this weekend? I think not.

Brad Keselowski: Brad is a driver who really enjoys running on these tracks and can’t wait to get his first win on them. He does have three runner-up finishes and two third place finishes, so he has come close in the past. If things fall right he could get that first win this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie only has one career win on the road courses, but he has finished in the top ten in half of his thirty-eight career starts on them. He almost won the race on the Charlotte Roval last year before crashing as he tried to pass for the lead at the end of the race last year there.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan won the race Jimmie crashed in and has finished in the top five in three of his ten career road course starts. Once again I think there are better tracks to use Ryan on and I won’t have him on my roster this weekend.


Driver Group Game Group A

  • Chase Elliott
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Clint Bowyer
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Kurt Busch
  • Ryan Newman

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Michael McDowell
  • Ty Dillon


  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Clint Bowyer

Dark Horse: William Byron

Stay Away From: Austin Dillon

Big 18: Clint Bowyer

11 replies on “2020 Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Go Bowling 235”

Before your blog post, I targeted #14 and #6 which you validated as being reasonable picks. What about the #20 who has a decent track record on road courses as well ?

I think I’m going to save my last #20 usage for Dover and instead go with #21 as another sleeper pick.

This is a tough year. Anyone else just not into it as much. I actually forgot there was a race this past saturday. Love that racing came back but its hard to really get into this schedule. Good luck everyone.

I agree. It’s hard to keep up with all the rule changes and without practice, qualifying, and schedule changes it just doesn’t seem the same.

Thanks Jeff. We are in agreement when it comes to A and B drivers. I still have not made up my mide between Elliott and Truex but my first insticnt was Elliott so I will likely stick with that. I will start Busch and Bowyer in the B group. Can you please elaborate on your C driver selections. I know I don’t want to use a top 3 (Bell, Custer, Reddick). I tentatively have Suarez in there in the hopes that he can just finish 15-20th. Is this realistic? Why do you like T. Dillon or McDowell?

Dillon and McDowell always seem to start out well and then get in an accident towards the end. Not sure if other cars get better and their cars stay the same and then they get spun out or what. Hoping that without practice for anyone they will start out well and stay that way this week.

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