Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spade Racing’s 2017 Cup Series Preview, The Stock (Car) Report: Part 2, The Non-Playoff Drivers

It’s a pivotal year for the newly-renamed Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series—a new title sponsor, plenty of movement between drivers and teams, and concerns about the future viability of the sport means that 2017 could go down as a make-or-break year going forward.  But who should you invest in going forward?  Who’s the best for the long-term and short-term for YOUR racing portfolio?
That’s where Spade Racing comes in!
Take at look at The Stock (Car) Report and decide where YOU should put your hard-earned money for 2017.
(Consult with a racing expert before making any investments.  Investments should not be made solely based on one weirdo from Delaware’s opinion.)
Listed in order of predicted REGULAR SEASON finish—full time drivers/teams only:

# Driver Team—Top Sponsor(s) (Ticker Symbol)—prediction (*--Rookie)
*17. 77 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing—Five Hour Energy, Furniture Row (KID)—This IPO is attracting plenty of attention, and while there are concerns about the CEO/driver’s ability to handle adversity, this is still one to watch.  ADVICE: Buy, buy, buy.

18. 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports—Farmer’s, Great Clips (MILK)—A longtime lagging performer, the upcoming loss of Farmer’s won’t help matters, although some still see a rebound/comeback in the cards.  ADVICE: Sell, unless you like being disappointed.

19. 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing—McDonald’s, Cessna (JMAC)—Always seems to be thisclose, coming out on the disappointing end of the earnings report.  ADVICE: Sell—the number doesn’t match the performance here.

20. 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing—Dow, American Ethanol (HEAD)—Last year was a pleasant surprise, but expect a fall back to reality in 2017.  Keep an eye on though for the future.  ADVICE: Hold onto this for the long-term.

21. 47 AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing—Kroger (DING)—Sure, they can break through once in a while, but do you really want to rely on a miracle earnings report once or twice a year?  ADVICE: Don’t buy, but hold on if you have this stock at a bargain price—you never know.

*22. 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing—GEICO, ??? (FACE)—An intriguing IPO, with management changes and increased investment from outside the team adding up to plenty of variables.  ADVICE: Buy now, this could be huge in a few years.

23. 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports—Smithfield, STP (KING)—Cutbacks may bolster the bottom line, but the future of this team remains as in flux as it has been for the past decade.  ADVICE: Sell now and bring home some bacon.

24. 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing—Menards, Menards Partners (NARDS)—Despite ample funding and upper-management with a pedigree, this stock continues to disappoint.  ADVICE: Save big money and go sell.

25. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing—Fastenal, Fifth Third Bank (BOYFR)—Chaos in the upper-management of this stock means that its probably best to get out now with what you can.  ADVICE: Sell immediately.

26. 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing—Scott, Kingsford (CBTEX)—Last year’s biggest surprise in mid-year earnings moves to a temporary location for 2017.  Could it help?  ADVICE: A longshot—best for the biggest gamblers amongst you, but prepare to sell at the end of 2017.

27. 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing—AdvoCare, Liberty National (FLUKE)—A big IPO followed by nothing but disappointment since.  ADVICE: Sell if you somehow still own it.

28. 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing—Nature’s Bakery?, Aspen Dental (GOIL)—A switch in suppliers/car probably won’t change much here, even though everyone seems to want to see this stock succeed.  ADVICE: Sell, despite what optimists may say.

29. 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing—???, K-Love (MCD)—Plenty of changes have shored up this unsteady operation, but still don’t expect to see much results.  ADVICE: Buy at a bargain rate, but sell otherwise.

30. 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports—???, Yum Brands (PASS)—A return to “home” after a few years of instability should calm things down—way down.  ADVICE: Sell, nothing to see here.

31. 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports—Love's Travel Center, MDS (LCAS)—Last year was a rough one, but this stock’s CEO/driver has shown what he can do with little to no support.  ADVICE: Only buy for sentimental reasons.

32. 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing—Can-Am, Keen Parts (MATYD)—Stepping-up from the penny-stocks to the slightly-bigger time this year.  ADVICE: Sell.