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NASCAR DFS: Bank of America 500 Post-Qualifying

With the result of qualifying over, Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking points out he top drivers to target on DraftKings for the Bank of America 500!

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It has been a rainy weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but qualifying for the Bank of America 500 was able to be held before the bad weather hit. Kevin Harvick took advantage to claim the top spot for Saturday night's race with a lap of 196.029 mph.

Harvick will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman, who continues to impress as one of the substitute drivers for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rookie Chase Elliott qualified third, and Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart completed the top five.

While Harvick was one of the Chase drivers to show plenty of speed in qualifying, there were also some big names who struggled. Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson will all start outside the top 15.

Charlotte has been hosting races for a long time, and starting up front has always been beneficial. Of the 115 races, 33 have been won from the front row and 88 have been won by a driver starting in the top 10. On the flip side, just nine drivers have won after starting outside the top 20.

Now that the starting lineup for the Bank of America 500 is locked in, let's take a closer look at some of the drivers to target when building your DFS NASCAR lineups. If the weather cooperates, you can check out the action 6:45 p.m. ET on NBC.

Must-Own Drivers

Martin Truex Jr. ($10,900)

He delivered one of the most impressive performances of any driver at any track at Charlotte in May, leading 392 of the 400 laps. It was the second time in the last three races here that Truex has led the most laps. Another dominating performance could be on tap this weekend.

Kevin Harvick ($10,700)

Harvick has been excellent at Charlotte throughout his career, and he has managed to get even better since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He has nine top 10s in his last ten starts here, including four finishes of either first or second in the previous five races. Harvick has led the second-most laps at 1.5-mile ovals this year and starting on the pole at one of his best tracks; Harvick is in prime position to dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Value Plays

Kurt Busch ($8,700)

He has a lackluster 23rd-place effort in qualifying, but Busch has been on a roll at Charlotte. He has four straight finishes of 11th or better at the track, including finishes of fifth and sixth in his last two starts. Busch should be one of the biggest movers Saturday night, and he should be an excellent addition in all formats.

Austin Dillon ($8,200)

Dillon has become a top 10 threat at the 1.5-mile tracks, and he has a 12.8 average finish in five Cup starts at Charlotte. He finished a career-best seventh at the track last fall, and after a 19th-place run qualifying, he has some significant upside in the place differential category. Consider paying for Dillon's high ceiling in GPPs.

Ryan Newman ($7,400)

He has been the model of consistency at Charlotte, posting nine top 15s in his last ten starts, including seven straight. His 11.1 average finish during the same stretch ranks fifth in the series. By starting outside the top 20, he could post a large score if he charges into the top 10. Newman could be a big asset in all formats.

Paul Menard ($6,800)

Menard hasn't been great at Charlotte, but he does have six finishes of 17th or better in his last ten starts here. He qualified back in 28th, so it will only take a top 20 run to net a solid point total. Menard doesn't have a huge ceiling, but he is a cheap, low-risk option to use in cash games.

Trevor Bayne ($6,600)

His record at Charlotte is lackluster, but he has managed a couple of top 20 runs. He also owns a 19.7 average finish at 1.5-mile tracks this year, and since he is starting 27th, he has some upside in the place differential category. At the very least, he should be a safe source of cap relief in cash games.

Sleeper Special

Aric Almirola ($6,400)

He has an 18.9 average finish at Charlotte, and Almirola has three finishes of 17th or better in his last five starts here, including a 10th-place run last fall. He qualified way back in 33rd, so if he can just approach his career averages, he should gain well over ten spots. He should be able to deliver around 30 fantasy points for a bargain price, and Almirola should be a popular play in cash games.

2016 Bank of America 500 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

4

Kevin Harvick

Busch Hunting

Chevrolet

2

88

Alex Bowman

Axalta

Chevrolet

3

24

Chase Elliott

3M

Chevrolet

4

18

Kyle Busch

Interstate Batteries - ABC

Toyota

5

14

Tony Stewart

Mobil 1/Rev the Vote

Chevrolet

6

47

AJ Allmendinger

Kroger/Stouffer's Kitchen

Chevrolet

7

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row/Denver Mattress

Toyota

8

19

Carl Edwards

Stanley

Toyota

9

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Office

Toyota

10

22

Joey Logano

Pennzoil

Ford

11

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

12

5

Kasey Kahne

Great Clips

Chevrolet

13

10

Danica Patrick

Aspen Dental

Chevrolet

14

16

Greg Biffle

Ford EcoBoost

Ford

15

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Sunny D

Ford

16

1

Jamie McMurray

McDonald's

Chevrolet

17

20

Matt Kenseth

Dollar General

Toyota

18

21

Ryan Blaney

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center

Ford

19

3

Austin Dillon

Dow Coatings

Chevrolet

20

2

Brad Keselowski

Wurth

Ford

21

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar

Chevrolet

22

95

Michael McDowell

Thrivent Financial

Chevrolet

23

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation/Monster Energy

Chevrolet

24

83

Matt DiBenedetto

Pink Cosmo Motors Online

Toyota

25

42

Kyle Larson

Target/Belkin QP

Chevrolet

26

34

Chris Buescher

Love's Travel Stops

Ford

27

6

Trevor Bayne

AdvoCare

Ford

28

27

Paul Menard

Valvoline/Menards

Chevrolet

29

13

Casey Mears

GEICO

Chevrolet

30

44

Brian Scott

Jacob Companies

Ford

31

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy

Chevrolet

32

38

Landon Cassill

Rev the Vote/Snapchat

Ford

33

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

34

23

David Ragan

Dr. Pepper

Toyota

35

7

Regan Smith

Nikko RC/Toy State

Chevrolet

36

98

Cole Whitt

VYDOX Plus

Chevrolet

37

46

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet

38

32

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Can-Am

Ford

39

55

Reed Sorenson

VYDOX Plus

Chevrolet

40

30

Josh Wise

Curtis Key Plumbing

Chevrolet


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