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NASCAR DFS: Coca-Cola 600 Post-Qualifying

Now that qualifying is in the books, Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking points out which drivers to target on DraftKings!

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Qualifying is in the books for NASCAR’s longest race of the year, and thanks to a lap of 192.328 mph in the final round of qualifying, Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Fresh off a win in the All-Star Race at Charlotte last weekend, Joey Logano will join him on the front row. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified third to lead a banner day for Roush Fenway Racing that saw all three RFR cars qualify in the top 10. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski completed the top five.

Qualifying was also unkind to several big names. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne will all start 25th or worse, and Kyle Busch will start outside the top 15.

As is typically the case, there has been a strong correlation between starting up front and ending up in victory lane. In 114 races at Charlotte, 32 have been won from the front row and 87 have been won by a driver starting in the top 10. On the flip side, just nine races have been won by a driver starting outside the top 20.

With the starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600 set in stone, the top fantasy options at DraftKings are a little easier to identify. There is still a pair of practice sessions to be run, but in the meantime, here is a closer look at the drivers that saw a boost in their value after qualifying.

Drivers to Build Around

Kevin Harvick ($10,500)

His 5.2 average finish and three wins over the last ten races at Charlotte are both tops in the series, and during the stretch, he has nine top 10s, including six straight. Harvick has finished either first or second in three of his last four starts here, leading at least 100 laps in two of his last three. He qualified in the top 10 and is a safe bet to contend for the win and deliver in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,800)

Truex has been a fantasy beast at the 1.5-mile tracks, and he has led the most laps in each of the last two mile-and-a-half events. He also led 131 laps and finished fifth in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 and finished third at Charlotte in the fall race. Truex picked up the pole, and he is more than capable of dominating the race from start to finish.

Joey Logano ($9,700)

Logano won the All-Star Race at Charlotte last weekend, and he also owns a series-leading 9.6 average finish at the track. Perhaps most importantly, he led 227 of the 334 laps on his way to a win here last fall. Starting on the front row, he is in prime position to pile up points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Value Plays

Kyle Larson ($8,400)

His numbers at Charlotte mirror his overall boom-or-bust tendencies, but he has been showing top five potential in recent weeks, and he showed a ton of speed during the All-Star Race. Starting 24th, Larson could deliver 50 fantasy points and then some if he has another strong run.

Austin Dillon ($8,200)

At this price, his value hinges on his starting position, and there is plenty to love about Dillon after he qualified 28th. He has never finished worse than 16th in four starts at Charlotte, and he logged a career-best seventh-place finish here last fall. Dillon should be able to gain 15-plus spot Sunday, and 40-plus fantasy points are well within reason.

Kasey Kahne ($8,000)

Kahne is a four-time winner at Charlotte and a three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600, and he ranks among the statistical leaders in just about every category at the track. He has remained consistent here in recent years, logging eight top 15s in the last ten races. Starting 29th, Kahne has enormous upside in the place differential category.

Jamie McMurray ($7,300)

He starts 23rd Sunday, and with seven straight top 20s at Charlotte, McMurray is a safe bet to finish with a positive place differential. More importantly, he is a two-time winner here, and he logged a pair of top-five finishes in 2014. He offers a reliable floor and decent ceiling for a cap-friendly price.

Sleeper Special

Brian Scott ($5,200)

With so many drivers priced in the lower-$6,000 range starting up front, attractive bargain plays are few and far between. That being said, Scott has quietly earned back-to-back top 25 finishes, including a 22nd-place run at Kansas, a 1.5-mile track like Charlotte. Starting 30th, he could push for around 25 fantasy points while freeing up plenty of cap space.

2016 Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup

Pos

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats

Toyota

2

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil

Ford

3

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Fastenal

Ford

4

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Freight

Toyota

5

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite

Ford

6

16

Greg Biffle

Cheez-It

Ford

7

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's Patriotic

Chevrolet

8

4

Kevin Harvick

Jimmy John's

Chevrolet

9

19

Carl Edwards

Subway

Toyota

10

6

Trevor Bayne

AdvoCare

Ford

11

27

Paul Menard

Knauf/Menards

Chevrolet

12

24

Chase Elliott

NAPA Auto Parts

Chevrolet

13

41

Kurt Busch

Monster Energy/Haas Automation

Chevrolet

14

31

Ryan Newman

Whelen

Chevrolet

15

47

AJ Allmendinger

Harris Teeter/Bush's Beans

Chevrolet

16

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's

Toyota

17

13

Casey Mears

GEICO

Chevrolet

18

21

Ryan Blaney

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center

Ford

19

10

Danica Patrick

Nature’s Bakery

Chevrolet

20

43

Aric Almirola

U.S. Air Force

Ford

21

14

Tony Stewart

Mobil 1

Chevrolet

22

34

Chris Buescher

CSX - Play It Safe

Ford

23

1

Jamie McMurray

Cessna/McDonald's

Chevrolet

24

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

25

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Nationwide

Chevrolet

26

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy

Chevrolet

27

20

Matt Kenseth

DeWalt

Toyota

28

3

Austin Dillon

Cheerios

Chevrolet

29

5

Kasey Kahne

LiftMaster

Chevrolet

30

44

Brian Scott

Twisted Tea

Ford

31

7

Regan Smith

Nikko RC/Toy State

Chevrolet

32

95

Michael McDowell

Thrivent Financial

Chevrolet

33

38

Landon Cassill

MDS Transport/We Hire Vets

Ford

34

83

Matt DiBenedetto

Hope for the Warriors/Cosmo Motors

Toyota

35

23

David Ragan

Bubba Burger

Toyota

36

98

Cole Whitt

VYDOX Plus

Chevrolet

37

30

Josh Wise

Curtis Key Plumbing

Chevrolet

38

46

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet

39

32

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Can-Am

Ford

40

55

Reed Sorenson

World Record Striper Company

Chevrolet


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