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Fantasy Five – 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500

Daytona 500 - Practice

The Fantasy Five is our look at the top 5 fantasy picks for the Fantasy Live game on NASCAR.com

Fantasy Live on NASCAR.com assigns a money value to each driver, with each team consisting of 5 drivers with a total value of $100 or less. Once you “hire” a driver, their value is locked in for the season. However, since a drivers value can fluctuate, it becomes very hard to add and/or drop drivers each week as values seem to increase faster than they decrease.

Last weeks team was Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Cole Whitt and Michael Waltrip.

This week, due to value increases and decent historical statistical value, we are pretty locked into keeping Kenseth, Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr.

Obviously we need to drop Michael Waltrip since he isn’t even racing this week, and we need to look at limited data and evaluate Cole Whitt versus some other options in the same price range.

Cole Whitt’s value on NASCAR.com is $12.00. Similar drivers in his range are Danica Patrick ($16.00 – up $4.50), Justin Allgaier ($15.00 – up $9.25), David Gilliland ($14.00 – up $5), Ryan Truex ($13.00 – up $8), Joe Nemechek ($11.00 – up $6.25) and Swan Racing teammate Parker Kligerman ($11.00 – up $6.25).

If you look at historical data, and unfortunately you need to compare using some Nationwide data for Kligerman and Whitt, but you come up with about an equal rating for Kligerman, Whitt and Patrick.

However, if you look at Sprint Cup results for Patrick, you see some terrible finishes, so I eliminated her until I see some better consistency. I’d rather take a shot on a newer driver, trying to find a bargain.

Allgaier was a great buy if you got him last week at Daytona, but his increase this week ruled him out for me. Gilliland is consistent, but not worth $14.00. Ryan Truex at $13.00 with that team is insane. The same for Nemechek. That left we between Kligerman and Whitt so I stayed with Whitt.

To replace Waltrip, I had $12 left over, so I went and got David Ragan. Another consistent finisher, with a team that is always going to run the full race distance. I’ll gladly take a 25-30 place finish with my two weakest drivers, I just can afford a 4oth. I feel I get that with Ragan and Whitt.

So, while individually Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski are probably the top drivers to select this week, their increase in value is too much for me to withstand so I’ll go with Kenseth, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Whitt and Ragan.

Last week I finished 7th in our league out of 30 so I think I am on the right path.

For my manufactuer, I selected Ford to cover in case Logano or Keselowski win. I took Denny Hamlin’s crew for my pit crew as they were one of the best last year and were top 5 last week as well.

Cole Whitt, Speed Stick GEAR Together For Daytona 500

Rendering of Cole Whitt's Speed Stick GEAR car for the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [Tuckahoe Strategies/Swan Racing Team]

Rendering of Cole Whitt’s Speed Stick GEAR car for the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [Tuckahoe Strategies/Swan Racing Team]

Swan Racing announced today that Cole Whitt and the #26 team will be sponsored by Speed Stick GEAR for the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014.

In addition to the traditional car sponsorship, Speed Stick GEAR will also be producing a multi-part documentary that will be available on March 1, 2014 at youtube.com/speedstick.

Speed Stick ® will film a multi-part documentary series that will chronicle the rookie’s preparation and in-car experience during this year’s Great American Race – the Daytona 500, on February 23rd.

Whitt, running for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is excited about the sponsorship and had this to say:

Nothing is more heart-pounding than driving 200 miles per hour, just inches apart – especially in front of tens of millions of people. Preparation is everything.  My crew, my car and my body have to perform at an advanced level.

Speed Stick is also excited for the new partnership, with representative Bill Van Da Graaf saying:

Cole Whitt is about to embark on an experience that aligns perfectly with our brand story. We are so excited to be able to capture and share it as a way to inspire guys to face life head-on.

With the documentary coming after the race, and it being a multi-part series, it will be interesting to see if Speed Stick GEAR shows up on the car again later in the year. You normally don’t see a sponsor go to such lengths to market with a driver for a single race.

For those interested, Speed Stick® GEAR™ is a new antiperspirant product line with DRYCORE™ technology designed for advanced performance.

[Swan Racing Team]