Toyota/Save Mart 350
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The Sprint Cup Series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Sunday's race is the first road course event of the season, and while the drivers will have to adjust to elevation changes and the combination of left-hand and right-hand turns, fantasy owners will have to make some adjustments of their own in DFS NASCAR.
Thanks to Sonoma's 10-turn, 1.99-mile layout, Sunday's race is only 110 laps, making it the second-shortest race of the season. As a result, the impact of the laps led and fastest laps categories are substantially minimized. The fact that pit strategy tends to play a significant role at road course races can also make these categories tough to predict.
With that in mind, you will want to put plenty of emphasis on finishing position and the place differential category. I suggest trying to target a combination of drivers that should be able to finish in the top 10 and those that should be able to gain 10-plus spots.
You can still pay up for a high-priced stud or two, but don't do so if it means punting a roster spot with a low-priced option that won't manage more than 20 fantasy points. You will need a lineup that has solid contributors from top to bottom to contend this weekend.
Qualifying is set for 2:15 p.m. ET Saturday, and you can check out the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET on FS1.
Kurt Busch ($10,700)
Busch has a series-leading 5.4 average finish in the last five races at Sonoma, and he has four top-five finishes during the stretch, including a win. He ranks first in laps led and second in fastest laps run at the track, and last year, he led 43 laps and recorded 20 fastest laps on his way to a second-place finish.