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AAA Texas 500
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There are just three races to go in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, and the next stop on the schedule is Texas Motor Speedway. The speedy 1.5-mile oval will host Sunday's AAA Texas 500, and as the 10th race of the year at a 1.5-mile track, it is time to lean on a reliable strategy when building DFS NASCAR lineups.
With 334 laps on tap, there are plenty of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. Equally as important races at 1.5-mile tracks, including races at Texas, tend to be dominated by one or two drivers.
In the last five Texas races alone, nine drivers have led 74 more laps in a single race, and all nine of those drivers have started in the top 10. During the same span, five drivers have led more than 100 laps in a race at Texas, and four of those have started in the top five.
Needless to say, you are going to want to target at least a couple of studs who qualify at the front of the field when building your DFS lineups this weekend. Qualifying is set for 6:45 p.m. ET Friday, and the race is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,800)
Not only is Johnson the defending winner of this weekend's race, but he has won three of the last four races at the track and has won the fall race in each of the last four seasons. He also ranks first in both laps led and fastest laps run at Texas, and with a spot in the championship finale already secured, Johnson can focus solely on dominating Sunday's race at making his seventh trip to victory lane in the Lone Star State.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,700)
A questionable pit road strategy likely cost Truex a win at Texas in the spring, but he still led a race-high 141 laps at the track. Overall, he has led by far the most laps at 1.5-mile tracks this year, so there is no doubt he can dominate Sunday's race. If he starts up front, he should be worth every penny.
Kyle Busch ($10,200)
Busch is going for a season sweep at Texas, and he provides a combination of reliability and upside. His 5.0 average finish over the last ten races here is the best in the series, and he also ranks in the top three in both laps led and fastest laps run at the track. History says you can count on Busch for a strong finish and his share of bonus points.