On Monday afternoon, multiple media outlets reported there was going to be a major announcement made by Roush Racing on Wednesday. Within a few hours, it was confirmed that Matt Kenseth would be returning to Roush Racing where he raced from 1999 to 2012, winning the 2003 Championship. Kenseth will be replacing current driver Trevor Bayne for an undetermined amount of races, many theorizing the races in where Bayne’s sponsor, Advocare isn’t already sponsoring.
How does this affect Daily Fantasy?
Kenseth being off for 4 months is already an upgrade over the struggling Bayne, who, after winning the 2011 Daytona 500, has never maintained much success or consistency, scoring only 17 top-10 finishes in 175 starts. Bayne would only be a sleeper option at the restrictor plate tracks and maybe Bristol & Martinsville. In his three full-time seasons, Bayne’s best average finish is only 19th.
I would definitely wait on playing Kenseth at any intermediate track until after a few races to gauge where his performance level is at, however I would play him at any plate track or short track, taking advantage of his higher skill level than Bayne.
That being said, Bayne was diagnosed with a mild case of MS in 2011 which took him out of racing for a few months, so all of the Nascar community is praying for his health hoping it’s not the reason for this change.