NASCAR Draft Kit: 2021 Sleepers & Busts

NASCAR Draft Kit: 2021 Sleepers & Busts

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

Of all the articles that make up the NASCAR draft kit, this is probably the most important.  Surprise drivers in both the positive and negative sense can make or break fantasy racing seasons.  We all know what Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin can do, so there's little risk associated with those drivers, but it is the drivers that come out of nowhere to have huge seasons can take you to fantasy racing glory.  Austin Dillon, William Byron and Ryan Blaney likely helped many to win their leagues last season.  While drivers like Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson most likely ended your fantasy racing championship hopes by midseason.  Identifying those drivers who will break out and have career seasons, and those who are headed in the other direction, for whatever reason, is the key in fantasy racing success.  Let's look at some of the drivers in 2021 that you should make every effort to get, and those who you should avoid at all costs.


Alex Bowman
Car: No. 48
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Manufacturer: Chevrolet

NASCAR Three-Year StatsRacesWinsPolesTop 5Top 10Rank
2018 NASCAR Cup Series360131116th  
2019 NASCAR Cup Series361071212th  
2020 NASCAR Cup Series36106156th  
Three Year Totals108211638 

Bowman and Hendrick Motorsports are beginning to build some momentum and get some traction in NASCAR's top division.

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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