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Goody's Fast Relief 500
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The Sprint Cup Series is at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, and while short track racing can be a challenge for drivers, it can be equally challenging to build a winning DFS NASCAR lineup.
The 500-lap distance of the race creates the biggest challenge. The huge number of laps means there are a ton of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. It isn't uncommon for a driver to lead 200 or more laps in a race here, and you can expect at least one driver to top 100 fantasy points Sunday.
Most weeks, you can miss on the dominant driver and still cash with a balanced lineup. That isn't the case at Martinsville. If one driver leads more than half the laps and you don't have them in your lineup, you are going to be in trouble. On the flip side, hitting on the top scorer will likely give you some margin of error with your other picks.
Keep that in mind when setting your DFS NASCAR lineups, and don't be afraid to take a flier on one or two bargain-basement sleepers to roster two or three studs who have a chance to dominate Sunday's race.
Don't forget to get your final lineups locked in, and make sure to check out the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,500)
His strong Chase looks poised to continue after qualifying third and showing plenty of muscle in race trim during practice Saturday. Johnson has been dominant at Martinsville over the years, winning eight times and ranking first in laps led and second in fastest laps run. He is a great pick to finish as the top scorer.
Kevin Harvick ($10,300)
Harvick has been on a roll at Martinsville, routinely leading laps and recording fastest laps at the track since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He starts back in 20th, but that merely boosts his potential in the place differential category and makes him an even safer option to build around. He is a cash game must and worth considering in all formats.
Martin Truex Jr. ($9,400)
Starting on the pole gives Truex the inside track to leading laps, and based on his practice times, he is more than capable of staying out front for long stretches. Mechanical issues have knocked Truex out of the Chase, but he has been one of the strongest drivers all year. He could add to his list of dominating performances this weekend.