There may be no more polarizing Easter activity than coloring Easter eggs. For everyone that enjoy dunking hard boiled eggs in cups of vinegar and food coloring, there’s about 3 who hate the activity just as much. However, it’s the plastic Easter eggs everybody enjoys, often containing some sort candy or other assorted treat (like money if you’re lucky enough). NASCAR took its Easter break on Sunday, so let’s take a look and see who has been a nice peanut butter egg…while some others have been straight up bunny poo.
EASTER EGG: Austin Dillon
Through his first couple of full-time Sprint Cup seasons, it was safe to say that Dillon was not living up to the massive expectations bringing back the legendary #3 had attached to it. In his first two years, Dillon had a grand total of 9 Top 10’s and had only one Top 5 each in 2014 and 2015. In the new year, has shown he is finally getting this Sprint Cup thing together. Dillon already matched his Top 5 total from his freshman and sophomore years, coming in 5th at Las Vegas. He also finished in the Top 11 in the first quartet of races on the year, and won the pole for last week’s 5th race, though a bad pit stop in the end relegated him to a 24th place finish.
BUNNY POO: Kyle Larson
In 2014, it was Larson who stole the Rookie of the Year award away from Dillon, and he certainly earned it with 8 Top 5’s and 17 Top 10’s. He endured a sophomore slump last season, and based on the 2016 has started for him, it would appear he’s going through a junior slump as well. Larson’s season started off pretty positive with a 7th place finish in the Daytona 500, but he has had three finishes of 26th or worse since then, finishing on the lead lap in just two of five races thus far. Currently at 24th in the standings, Larson, to top it all off, is still searching for his elusive first Sprint Cup Series Win.
EASTER EGG: Chase Elliott
Normally, I like to go against rookies, especially when they’re making their first starts at certain tracks. However, after a bit of a rocky start, wrecking twice in his first three races on the season, Elliott has made Jeff Gordon proud, driving the #24 car to 3 Top 10’s thus far through the first five races on the season. Elliott has also done a good job in qualifying. He was on the pole for the season opening Daytona 500, which factors into an average starting position of 12th thus far on the season.
BUNNY POO: Greg Biffle
The experienced veteran Biffle has more or less been chosen to be the veteran guy at Roush Fenway Racing, but so far he’s really struggling to start the year. Biffle currently ranks dead amongst the guys in the Roush stable at 27th in the standings, and if one takes the quickest glance at the standings, it’s not hard to see why. Biffle has finished one the lead lap in just one race in this season, and he has no Top 10’s, which isn’t what you want to hear when you’re coming off a career low in every major statistical category.
EASTER EGG: Ryan Blaney
Rookies rule! Blaney is a rookie in name only, having competed in 16 races last season, but like Elliott, he’s wearing those yellow stripes proudly. The son of NASCAR veteran Dave, Blaney has 2 Top 10’s thus far on the young season. Making it even more impressive is the fact that Blaney is working with Wood Brothers Racing, which, until last season, was a single car team that was not operating full time. If your DFS platform works on a budget, like many do, Blaney is a terrific cheap sleeper option.
BUNNY POO: Clint Bowyer
Bowyer knew it was going to be tough transition from the healthily funded, but now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing down to the smaller budget HScott Motorsports. In the past, drivers have proven they can get over the low budget hump. When HScott’s #51 car was still own by James Finch, Kurt Busch posted respectable numbers, even challenging for wins. Bowyer, a talented racer in his own right, could’ve become a good low budget sleeper, but he has struggled away from the friendly pastures of MWR. He has three finishes of 31st or worse already. At least, at 31st in the standings, he can only go up from here. At this point, a sweet Top 15 would feel like Reese’s egg.
The DFS previews return this Saturday for the STP 500 at Martinsville.