2020 NASCAR DFS Preview – JTG Daugherty Racing

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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Over the past few days, we’ve started to break down the season. Thus far, we’ve gone through the back runners and some of the smaller teams, which can be found here:

Back Runners: https://dfsheadquarters.com/2020-nascar-preview-smaller-teams/

Best of the Rest: https://dfsheadquarters.com/2020-nascar-preview-best-of-the-rest/

Front Row Motorsports: https://dfsheadquarters.com/2020-nascar-preview-front-row-motorsports/

Next up is going to be JTG Daugherty Racing, who are going through some changes in 2020. Gone is Chris Buescher, who put together a career year last year, as he exchanges teams with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

This is a small team with just two drivers, but it has fringe playoff hopes, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is amongst the most aggressive drivers in the sport and can always threaten to win at a plate track.

Ryan Preece – #37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy

Average Finishes since February 2018:

Short Track: 21.33

1 Mile: 25.6

1.5 Mile: 24.67

2 Mile: 18.33

2.5 Mile: 25.33

Restrictor Plate: 15.25

Road Course: 28.67

Ryan Preece falls into the Ty Dillon category of drivers who way too often had the combination of low price and poor starting position that forced him into our lives on an almost weekly occurrence.

Much like Ty, Preece has certain tracks that he was more playable than others. He showed well on 2 mile tracks and at restrictor plate tracks, while also doing well enough on the short tracks. I believe that he will be the featured driver at JTG Daugherty this year, although Stenhouse has a bigger name at this point.

While I don’t see any wins in his 2020 future, I do think he is a guy who should see his results get incrementally better. I do not think he will equal what Buescher did in this car last year, but I do think we could see across the board improvements on most tracks.

He is likely to continue to be a driver who gets priced low to start the season, but he does lose his appeal if he does start to improve his starting positions. Until we see how he is on the track, though, he is someone we will be eyeballing for value.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – #47 JTG Daugherty Chevy

Average Finishes since February 2018:

Short Track: 21.42

1 Mile: 22.7

1.5 Mile: 17.54

2 Mile: 21

2.5 Mile: 25.67

Restrictor Plate: 15.63

Road Course: 20.67

When I was sitting down to do this, in my mind, I thought Ricky did much better in 2019. Now, I fully understand why he was let go from Roush-Fenway.

Ricky did really well to start the year at the mile and a half intermediate tracks, but that success really did not translate over a full season. Basically, his whole saving grace, I guess, was that he performed moderately well on the restrictor plate tracks.

I do believe that Ricky can be a fringe playoff car. He is going to need to win to get in, though. If he manages to nab a victory at Daytona or Talladega, he’ll be there, but it’s really tough to see him getting much further than the first round.

This could be a short-term stop, as well. He is well known to wreck. Cars, thus the nickname “Wrecky”, and a smaller team like this just won’t be able to take the financial hit that it could cause.

I am sadly bearish on Ricky headed into 2020, but I am keeping an open mind that this shakes him up much like getting parked in the XFINITY series did way back when.

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