NASCAR One & Done Picks for Daytona


NASCAR will race for the final time at Daytona International Speedway on the 4th of July weekend. While I will miss having this race on the holiday weekend, it will be cool to see the summer Daytona race as a “last chance” race for drivers to qualify for the 2020 playoffs. The track said they are going out with a bang this week. They will have the largest firework celebration in the state of Florida after the race and a lot of bagging of cars on the track. It should be exciting. The Coke Zero 400 can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

My goal every year in the One & Done game is to have an average finishing position of 15th or better from my drivers. Alex Bowman really helped me reach my goal with his trip to Victory Lane last week at Chicagoland Speedway. His win brings my average finishing position for the season to 12.0. Not bad. We need a hot summer to get the average inside the top 10.

Here are my picks for Daytona…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race




Jamie McMurray

22nd Daytona Jamie McMurray 22nd
Atlanta Aric Almirola 8th Atlanta Aric Almirola


Las Vegas

Austin Dillon 20th Las Vegas Brad Keselowski 2nd
Phoenix Kevin Harvick 9th Phoenix Kevin Harvick


Auto Club

Brad Keselowski 3rd Auto Club Brad Keselowski 3rd
Martinsville Clint Bowyer 7th Martinsville Clint Bowyer



Jimmie Johnson 5th Texas Joey Logano 17th
Bristol Matt Dibenedetto 12th Bristol Erik Jones



Kyle Busch 8th Richmond Kyle Busch 8th
Talladega Ty Dillon 17th Talladega Ricky Stenhouse Jr.



Chase Elliott 5th Dover Chase Elliott 5th
Kansas Kurt Busch 7th Kansas Aric Almirola



Daniel Suarez 18th Charlotte Martin Truex Jr. 1st
Pocono Denny Hamlin 6th Pocono Kyle Larson



Erik Jones 31st Michigan Clint Bowyer 35th
Sonoma Michael McDowell 25th Sonoma Kurt Busch



Alex Bowman 1st Chicago Alex Bowman 1st
Daytona Brendan Gaughan ? Daytona Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


My One & Done pick this week will be Brendan Gaughan. There are 36 races in the NASCAR season and there are not 36 good drivers in the Cup Series. We need to use the drivers who are not full-time competitors in the Cup Series when we can, as long as they have some upside. This is one of those races. Gaughan has a 16.5 average finishing position in his last 5 races at Daytona. He finished 8th earlier this season at Talladega. I am hoping Gaughan has a similar performance Saturday night.


Good luck this week!


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