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NASCAR DFS: Axalta 400 (Preview)

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Axalta 400

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After the longest race of the season last weekend at Charlotte, the Sprint Cup Series heads to one of the longest tracks on the schedule this weekend. Pocono Raceway will host Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400, and building a winning DFS lineup for the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track will require a unique approach.

Due to the massive size of Pocono, Sunday’s race is only 160 laps, so the points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories are on the very low end of the spectrum.

Equally as important, passing tends to be incredibly difficult at Pocono, so pit strategy plays a big role. There will be multiple strategies in play all afternoon as crew chiefs try to get their driver out front in clean air, and this ends up causing a few different drivers to lead various stages of the race as pit strategies cycle through.

The bottom line is that the laps led and fastest laps run categories won’t carry a lineup by themselves. Yes, you should still try to identify the driver with the best chance of dominating Sunday’s race, but place differential and finishing position are going to much more important this weekend than they have in recent weeks.

I recommend building a solid all-around lineup this weekend. With the number of laps limited and laps led and fastest laps run somewhat tough to predict, you are going to have a tough time making up enough bonus points in these categories to punt one of your lineup spots.

Here is a closer look at some of the top DFS NASCAR options heading into this weekend’s track activities. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET Friday, and you can check out the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on FS1.

High-Priced Drivers

Martin Truex Jr. ($10,300)

No driver has been better in recent weeks than Truex, and his run of dominance could certainly continue at Pocono. After all, he led a race-high 97 laps here last June on his way to the win, and he led six more laps in the August race before running out of fuel while running near the front late in the event.

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