Welcome to the week of unpredictability! Daytona International Speedway is the site of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, as the Coke Zero Sugar 400 is set to go green on Saturday night (although there is yet another threat of rain). Qualifying was cancelled due to lightning on Friday, and because of that, the starting lineup was set by the Owners Points standings. Does that really matter, though? Of course not; starting position and practice speeds mean nothing at a track like Daytona.

There are quite a few statistics that go into the Power Index formula, including recent performance both overall and at Daytona specifically, similar track performance, projected strength of the car, practice speeds, starting position, and a few other variables.

Here’s a quick overview of the Power Index number: essentially, zero (0) is considered average; the more negative a number is in the Power Index, the stronger that driver is considered in the Fantasy NASCAR world. The opposite holds true as well: the more above zero a driver is, the worse he is considered for Fantasy NASCAR that week.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Fantasy Power Rankings

RankDriverPower Index
1.Logano, Joey-34.2
2.Bowman, Alex-31.1
3.Hamlin, Denny-26.9
4.Stenhouse, Jr., Ricky-25.0
5.Busch, Kyle-24.9
6.Busch, Kurt-23.5
7.Keselowski, Brad-18.4
8.Almirola, Aric-14.2
9.Larson, Kyle-13.0
10.Newman, Ryan-11.5
11.Elliott, Chase-9.6
12.Jones, Erik-8.7
13.Menard, Paul-8.5
14.Blaney, Ryan-5.1
15.Truex, Jr., Martin-5.0
16.Buescher, Chris-4.8
17.Bowyer, Clint-3.8
18.Johnson, Jimmie-2.0
19.Harvick, Kevin-1.5
20.Preece, Ryan-1.2
21.McDowell, Michael0.3
22.Dillon, Austin5.4
23.Byron, William6.1
24.Dillon, Ty6.4
25.Wallace, Bubba8.0
26.Ragan, David8.4
27.Suarez, Daniel8.9
28.Chastain, Ross11.2
29.Hemric, Daniel12.7
30.LaJoie, Corey22.3
31.DiBenedetto, Matt31.2
32.Tifft, Matt33.4
33.Kligerman, Parker38.6
34.Gaughan, Brendan40.1
35.Cassill, Landon44.7
36.McLeod, BJ50.5
37.Yeley, JJ54.6
38.Haley, Justin60.8
39Houff, Quin62.6
40Gase, Joey66.1
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