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DFS Racing

Small race teams are an important part of NASCAR racing. NASCAR racing whether it be the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a fluid sport where there are changes made that are needed to get the best race team possible. Team owners are prepared to make tough decisions to ensure they have the best chance possible to win races. If a team is not ready to make the right decision no matter the ramifications, they may find themselves falling behind quickly. Once behind, at this level of racing it can be extremely improbable to climb back up the racing ladder. Owners need to make their sponsors happy to ensure they resign contracts, so they can fuel money into their race cars. This is of course harder for smaller race teams.

Competition runs rampant in racing at all levels. Owners are constantly looking for the right driver-crew chief combination that will bring them the success on race day. Crew chiefs are known as the team leaders of a race team, or even as the quarterback/captain of the team. That part is obvious of course. What many fans may not know is that the crew chief is much more than just someone in charge in the shop and in the garage. When the green flag drops and it is time to go racing, the performance of the race car is out of the hands of the crew chief and in the hands of the driver. The crew chief will watch the driver's lap times and gauge the driver’s performance on the track. The crew chief will make plans that constantly change, for example, what laps to get new tires or if they should pit on a green lap or if they should wait for a timely caution flag. On race day they are looking at options such as short pitting, two tires or four, up or down on the track bar or air pressures. They are sitting on the pit box, but they are working as hard as the driver is. In Daily Fantasy Sports picking a team/racecar with great chemistry between Driver and Crew Chief can be an excellent strategy to win money and be successful.

DFS Racing

In recent years there have been a few NASCAR Cup Series teams that have risen through the ranks to dominate the sport. They are Team Penske which fields three cars in the Cup Series driven by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney. Team Penske won eight of 36 races in 2020 or 22% of all races in 2020 and six races in 2019 or 17% of races. The next of the big four is Hendrick Motorsports headlined by the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliot. Hendrick Motorsports also has the number 88 car driven by Alex Bowman and the number 24 car driven by William Byron. In 2020 they won seven races amount to 19%.  Joe Gibbs racing is headlined by three excellent drivers in Kyle Busch (2019 Champion), Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin. Joe Gibbs racing won nine races in 2020 which was 25%. The team with the most wins in 2020 was Stewart-Haas Racing which fields the team of Kevin Harvick (2020 Regular Season Champion), Cole Custer, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola. Stewart-Haas racing won 10 races in 2020 or 28%. The team was headlined by Harvick’s nine wins in 2020. The team will make a big change for the 2021 season as Clint Bowyer heads to the broadcast booth and will be replaced by Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe.

In the 2020 season only two other race teams won races. Chip Ganassi Racing won their only race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the car being driven by Kurt Busch. Richard Childress Racing also won is 2020 at Texas Motor Speedway with their number three car driven by Austin Dillon. Overall you do not need to be a big race team to win races, but it does help.