When the flag drops at the Daytona 500 this Sunday, it will be the first time that a woman has ever started from the top spot in a Cup Series race. Danica Patrick, and her #10 car, will make history this weekend, so naturally many think she should be a high fantasy NASCAR selection.
But don’t be so hasty.
Danica may continuously be on SportsCenter and all over the media, but she has not exactly been a successful driver. Even with all the publicity, Patrick only won one race in her seven years in IndyCar Racing. She has never won a race in NASCAR in her 10 career races, which are not exactly dominating numbers.
She also has never finished better than 16th place, and it ironically was the race where she had her best start, which was 17th place.
Patrick is not accustomed to starting in the beginning of the NASCAR field. It is tighter and drivers, such as Tony Stewart, are much more willing to trade paint to gain position. Patrick has never experienced that kind of racing on the circuit, let alone in the biggest race of the year. It will no doubt be an intimidating experience for the relatively new Sprint Cup driver.
Fantasy fans should be careful drafting Patrick. Just because she is on the pole doesn’t mean she should be a top-tier pick this weekend. She will still crack the top-20, but don’t expect much more than that.
Adam McGill is the Fantasy Sports Network Manager at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.