Quaker State 400
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It is shaping up to be an interesting night at Kentucky Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series teams already had their work cut out for them thanks to the track's repaved surface and the new aerodynamic package NASCAR is trying this weekend. Add in some rain that set the field by owner points and potential tire issues that arose during the XFINITY Series race, and Saturday night's Quaker State 400 could be full of surprises.
With all the unknowns in play this weekend, building a winning DFS NASCAR lineup isn't a walk in the park either. Past results at Kentucky aren't necessarily reliable on the new surface, and a cut tire could be waiting to take out one of your drivers and ruin your night.
All things considered, I'm relying heavily on practices times when building my lineups. Granted, practice speeds aren't a guarantee of what will happen during the race, but they are the best indicator we have of which drivers have a handle on this current version of Kentucky Speedway.
There are 267 laps on tap for Saturday's race, so you can't ignore the laps led and fastest laps run categories and expect to have a winning lineup. This is especially true since opportunities to score a lot of points in the place differential category are limited because the field was set by owner points, putting all the top drivers up front.
Races at Kentucky have typically been dominated by a single driver, and I don't think that will change the first year of a new surface. Don't be afraid to pay up for a couple of drivers that could dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories. One driver alone won't win your league, but if you hit on the driver with the car to beat, you will be in great position to cash in.
Don't forget to lock in your final lineups at DraftKings, and check out the Quaker State 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,400)
His numbers at Kentucky are decent but certainly not spectacular, but Truex has been the man to beat at 1.5-mile tracks in 2016. His 739 laps led in five races are 596 more than any other driver, and he has led the most laps in three straight races at 1.5-mile ovals. Based on his excellent practice times, Truex looks poised for another dominating showing Saturday night.
Kyle Busch ($10,200)
His numbers at Kentucky are in a class by themselves, and Busch enters this weekend's race ranked first in average finish, top five finishes, laps led and wins at the track. He starts sixth with a car that was consistently in the top three on short and long runs in practice, making Busch one of the top candidates to dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories.