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The Sprint Cup Series visits Kansas Speedway this weekend, and since Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 will be the third race of the Chase at a 1.5-mile track, you can expect to use a familiar strategy when building a DFS NASCAR lineup for this weekend's race.
Granted, there are just 267 laps on tap this weekend, so there are fewer points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories than there have been the last three weeks. However, history says you can still count on one driver leading a big chunk of laps.
In each of the last five races at Kansas, one driver has led at least 95 laps. Four of those drivers have started in the top five, so building around one or two studs starting up front is recommended.
On the flip side, the track has been known to produce some upsets. Three races at Kansas have been won by non-Chasers, so you should be able to find a couple of valuable sleepers starting deeper in the field who score a substantial amount of points in the place differential category. Five of the 21 races here have been won by a driver starting 19th or worth.
Make sure to check back after practice and qualifying are on the books for final picks and lineup strategies. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET Friday, and the race can be seen Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Martin Truex Jr. ($11,100)
Truex was cruising to a win at Kansas in May before a lugnut issue derailed a dominating performance. He still managed to lead a race-high 172 laps, and he has led the most laps in three of the last nine races at Kansas, including two of the last three. Truex has been the most impressive driver at 1.5-mile ovals in 2016, so he is one of the best bets to finish as the top scorer Sunday.
Kevin Harvick ($10,900)
His 7.0 average finish in the last ten races at Kansas ranks second in the series, and he has finished either first or second in four of his last six races at the track. Harvick has also led more than 20 laps in five of his last six starts here, so you can expect him to earn his share of bonus points on top of delivering a strong finish.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,600)
He has led the most laps since the Chase began, leading at least 90 laps in three of the four races. Johnson has 16 top 10s in 20 starts at Kansas, winning three times. He also ranks first in fastest laps run and second in laps led at the track. His resurgence should continue this weekend, and Johnson should be one of the top scorers again.