This Week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
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When setting a lineup for Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, you can thank the rain on Friday for making the task both simple and difficult at the same time.
Since the field was set by owner points, all the top drivers are starting at the front of the field, and all the potential sleepers are lumped together in the back. As a result, the value of the place differential category is somewhat negated because drivers with similar price tags and similar finishing potential all have the same upside in the category.
With that in mind, picking the one or two drivers who dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories this weekend is a must, even in cash games, because there are not likely to be many drivers who earn a bunch of points through place differential.
When looking for sleepers, you should focus mainly on which drivers can deliver the best finish. Comparable drivers are likely to be starting within a few starts of each other, so the difference in finishing position is likely to outweigh the minor difference in place differential.
Make sure to get your final lineups locked in, and make sure to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kevin Harvick ($10,800)
In each of the six races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, a driver has led more than 120 laps. Harvick has accomplished the feat twice while finishing in the top 10 in all six races. He led 79 laps at Chicagoland in 2014, and he led ten more last before a cut tire ruined his race early on. Harvick starts fourth, and not only is he a real threat to be the top scorer, but he is the safest bet to finish as one of the top scorers.
Jimmie Johnson ($8,800)
Johnson hasn't looked like a title contender this year, but if the No. 48 bunch was hiding anything; it is going show up this weekend for the start of the Chase. Johnson had one of the best cars in practice. In 14 starts at Chicagoland, he has 12 finishes of 12th or better, including seven top 10s. Let's face it, no one would be shocked if the six-time champ goes out and dominates Sunday, and he has the potential to be the steal of the weekend.
Greg Biffle ($7,300)
Given his struggles at Chicagoland recently, I don't blame anyone for wanting to avoid Biffle this weekend, especially when there are drivers priced under $7,000 with similar numbers. However, Biffle showed top 15 speed in practice, and he has a chance to pad his score through place differential since he starts outside the top 20. His price tag and recent history at Chicagoland should drive down his ownership, making him a great lineup addition in GPPs.