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NASCAR DFS: Crown Royal 400 Lineup Tips (Preview)

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Crown Royal 400

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is considered hallowed ground in the world of auto racing, and the Sprint Cup Series will add another chapter to the track's legacy this weekend with the 23rd running of the Crown Royal 400.

When building a DFS NASCAR lineup for Indianapolis, it needs to start with some big names starting up front. The best drivers from the best teams dominate at the rectangular-shaped oval where horsepower rules down the massive straightaways. Meanwhile, the flat corners make passing difficult, so track position is a huge advantage.

Granted, there aren't a ton of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories with just 160 laps on tap, but there are enough that you need to try to target the one driver that spends the most time out front Sunday.

On the flip side, you probably won't want to go with an entirely unbalanced lineup like you would at a short track or 500-mile race on a smaller track with three expensive options and two very cheap fliers. There simply aren't enough laps available for that many drivers to bolster their final scores in the laps led and fastest laps run areas.

Feel free to take a chance on a couple of drivers starting deeper in the field, but make sure they are drivers that have a realistic shot at a decent finish. Don't underestimate the value of a solid top 10 finish this weekend, even if it comes from a driver that doesn't have a lot of points to gain through place differential.

Take one last look at the drivers to build around and the potential difference-makers for your DFS NASCAR lineups, and make sure to lock in your final picks ahead of Sunday's Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tune into the action at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Building Blocks


Kevin Harvick ($10,500)

He has shown excellent speed all weekend, and last year, Harvick led a race-high 75 laps and finished third at Indianapolis. He has two top 10s and 89 laps led in two starts here since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, and all signs point to another strong run from Harvick. He makes an excellent building block in any format.


Kyle Busch ($10,400)

Busch won at Indianapolis last year, and he has shown nothing but race-winning speed throughout the weekend. Starting on the pole, I wouldn't be surprised if he dominates the laps led and fastest laps run categories, and he is my frontrunner to be the top scorer at DraftKings.

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