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The Sprint Cup Series is visiting Kansas Speedway this weekend, and as the third race of the Chase at a 1.5-mile track and ninth of the year, the formula for DFS NASCAR success is simple. Unfortunately, picking the right pieces to make the formula is anything but simple.

As is typically the case, history suggests that one driver is going to lead more than 100 laps Sunday, and there is a very good chance that the driver who leads the most laps starts in the top five. Even in a 267-lap race, the laps led and fastest laps run categories are important, so don't be shy about rostering two of the top guys starting up front.

Of course, picking the dominant driver is only half the bottle. You also have to figure out which driver starting deeper in the field are going to pile up points in the place differential category. There are going to be at least a couple of drivers who start outside the top 15 who finish in the top 10, and there are probably going to be a couple of drivers who qualify outside the top 20 who end up in the top 10.

To help you make the tough decisions and finalize your DFS NASCAR lineups, check out one last look at my top picks and lineup combinations. You can watch Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at 2:00 p.m ET on NBC.

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Martin Truex Jr. ($11,100)

Truex has been the best driver at 1.5-mile tracks all year, and he has led 411 more laps than any other driver in the eight races on 1.5-mile ovals. He logged 172 of those at Kansas in May, and he has led the most laps in two of the last three races at the track. After qualifying fourth, another dominating performance could be on tap. He could carry a lineup this weekend.

Kevin Harvick ($10,900)

Despite some bad luck in the Chase, Harvick continues to bring one of the best cars to the track week in and week out. He was one of the best cars in practice Saturday, and he in the last six races at Kansas, he has four finishes of either first or second. He has led more than 20 laps in five of the six races during that stretch, leading more than 50 laps four times. Harvick is a safe bet to finish as one of the top scorers.

Matt Kenseth ($8,700)

Kenseth led a race-high 155 laps at Kansas last fall before being dumped from the lead by Joey Logano in the closing laps. He ranks first in laps led at the track overall, and after qualifying on the pole and practicing in the top five, he is in perfect position to pile up points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

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