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NASCAR DFS: Federated Auto Parts 400 Lineup Tips (Preview)

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Federated Auto Parts 400

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The Sprint Cup Series visits Richmond International Raceway, and when finalizing your DFS NASCAR lineups for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, it all starts with the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

There are 400 laps on tap, and as with any short track event, you can pretty much count on one driver leading at least 150 laps. There is very good chance that one driver scores in the triple digits at DraftKings, and if you don’t have that driver in your lineup, making up the difference is going to be impossible.

Don’t hesitate to pay up for one or two drivers who you believe will dominate the race and save money elsewhere. As long as you hit on the top scorer, the rest of your lineup just needs to be adequate for you to have a chance at cashing. If you miss on the top scorer, the rest of your lineup better be perfect if you want to have a chance at sniffing the cut line.

Get your DFS NASCAR lineups locked in at DraftKings, and check out the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Building Blocks

Kevin Harvick ($10,700)

Harvick is the ideal fantasy option in cash games because while he has a legit chance to lead laps and score points in the fastest laps run category, his 19th-place starting spot allows him to post a big point total without dominating the race. He owns the best average finish of any driver in the last ten races at Richmond, and he ranks in the top three in both laps led and fastest laps run at the track since 2005. Harvick is the total package.

Denny Hamlin ($9,500)

Drivers starting up front tend to lead a lot of laps at Richmond, and Hamlin led 381 laps the last time he started up front here. He also ranks first in laps led at the track overall, and he has led more than 200 laps four different times. He ranks second in laps led at RIR, and he has a pair of wins at the track. Starting up front, he is in prime position to lead the most laps and finish as the top scorer.

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