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NASCAR DFS: Bad Bay Off Road 300 (Preview)

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Bad Boy Off Road 300

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The Chase for the Sprint Cup continues this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the flat, 1.0-mile oval is one of the most challenging tracks on the 10-race playoff schedule for a variety of reasons.

The lack of banking combined with decent-sized straightaways makes passing very difficult, and to compensate, crew chiefs often roll the dice on pit strategy. In fact, it has become commonplace for drivers to run out of fuel while trying to steal a win at New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, restarts are particularly treacherous, to the point where drivers try to position themselves to start on the outside lane coming off pit road. Drivers on the outside on restarts are almost guaranteed to gain a spot or two, and drivers on the inside are doomed to lose a few spots.

When building DFS NASCAR lineups, the most important factor to keep in mind is the 300-lap distance of Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300. It isn't quite a short track event, but there are still plenty of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Not surprisingly given how tough it is to pass at New Hampshire, drivers starting up front tend to have a significant advantage when it comes to leading laps here. As a result, you are going to want to pay up for a couple of studs starting up front to try to maximize your points in both the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

That being said, you can usually find a couple of low-priced gems starting deeper in the field, as well. With all the pit strategy that is used, a couple of crew chiefs are usually able to make a savvy call that turns a bad qualifying into a solid finish.

Make sure to check back after qualifying and practice for updated picks and lineup strategies for Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Qualifying for is set for Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET, and Sunday's race can be seen at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

High-Priced Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($10,700)

He ranks in the top four in both laps led and fastest laps run at New Hampshire, and Harvick has been an absolute stud at the track since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He has three finishes of fourth or better in five starts with the organization, leading 379 laps. Last September, Harvick led 216 of the 300 laps.

Kyle Busch ($10,600)

Since the start of the 2013 season, Busch has logged six top 10s in seven starts at New Hampshire, including a win and three second-place finishes. During the same stretch, he has led more than 50 laps four times, leading a race-high 133 laps in the July race earlier this year.

Martin Truex Jr. ($10,400)

After his win at Chicagoland last weekend, Truex is the only driver in the Chase who doesn't have to worry about points and can focus solely on winning. By the way, he led 123 laps at New Hampshire in July and appeared to be heading for a win before a shifter issue made restarts impossible to manage. Don't be surprised if he finishes what he started in New Hampshire.


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