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NASCAR DFS: AAA Texas 500 Post-Qualifying

Post-Qualifying is in the books and the Fantasy NASCAR Expert himself, Brian Polking, breaks down the top drivers to target on DraftKings!

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Qualifying for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 is in the books, and Austin Dillon stormed to the pole at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap of 192.301 mph in the final round of qualifying. It was his second pole of the season and third or his career.

Joey Logano will join Dillon on the front row, and Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski will make up Row 2. Kyle Larson rounded out the top five. On the flip side, three Chase drivers qualified outside the top 15. Denny Hamlin will start 17th, Jimmie Johnson will start 19th, and Kyle Busch will start 24th in a backup car.

Overall, 24 of the 31 Cup races at Texas have been won from a top 10 starting spot while just four races have been won by a driver starting outside the top 20. More importantly for DFS NASCAR purposes, all nine drivers who have led 74 or more laps over the last five races at Texas have all started in the top 10.

With the starting lineup set in stone, let's take a closer look at the drivers who saw their fantasy stock rise, and make sure to watch the AAA Texas 500 Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Must-Own Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($10,900)

Harvick has finished third or better in three of his last four starts at Texas, and after qualifying third, he looks poised to be one of the leading contenders for the win this weekend. Harvick won the most recent race at a 1.5-mile track, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him dominate the action Sunday on his way to being the top scorer.

Kyle Busch ($10,200)

His weekend got off to a terrible start when he hit the wall in the opening practice and had to go to a backup car. He was clearly behind schedule in qualifying, but he will have a couple of methods to dial in the new car. In the meantime, he starts 24th, but he owns a series-leading 5.0 average finish in the last ten races here, finishing 11th or better in every start during that stretch. Even if he doesn't lead any laps, Busch could quickly gain 15-plus spots and surpass 50 fantasy points based on finishing position and place differential.

Brad Keselowski ($9,600)

He will be starting in the top five for the fifth time in his last seven races at Texas, and in his other four top-five starts, he has led 25-plus laps, including a race-high 312 last fall. While he might not be that dominant this time around, Keselowski should be able to lead his share of laps while challenging for the win.

Value Plays

Joey Logano ($9,400)

While Logano hasn't consistently led a ton of laps at Texas, he has finished in the top five in five of his last seven races at the track, finishing third in the spring race this season. Starting on the front row, Logano will be in prime position for a breakout performance at the track. At the very least, he should deliver a strong finish, and he is a solid contrarian pick to dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Kasey Kahne ($8,400)

Kahne struggled in qualifying, but as a result, he is practically a must-play option in cash games. He starts 31st, but he has finished in the top 15 in 10 of the last 11 races leading up to Texas, and he has seven finishes of 11th or better in his last ten starts at Texas, including an eighth-place run in the spring. Kahne should be one of the biggest movers and highest scorers this weekend.

Austin Dillon ($7,900)

Winning the pole makes Dillon a bit of a risky pick, and it is going to be bad news for your lineup if he has trouble a loses a bunch of spots. However, he has been a consistent top 10 threat at 1.5-mile tracks dating back to last year, and starting up front gives Dillon a golden opportunity to spend at least a little time out front and pad his score through the laps led and fastest laps run category. At this price, he doesn't have to dominate the race to post a useful score.

Alex Bowman ($7,400)

Bowman has cracked the top 10 in two of the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks, so he has some room to earn points in the place differential after qualifying 16th. He probably isn't going to be the biggest mover, but if he gains a handful of spots on his way to a solid finish, he will still provide excellent value at this price tag.

Trevor Bayne ($6,700)

He has proven top 20 potential at Texas, logging seven in 12 career Cup starts. Bayne also finished 15th in the spring race at the track earlier this year. Starting 26th, he has a great chance to gain around ten spots and provide a solid point total for a bargain price. Bayne should be one of the safer sources of cap relief.

Sleeper Special

Chris Buescher ($6,200)

Buescher is cheap, and after qualifying 30th, he has plenty to gain and not much to lose in the place differential category. He has also been solid in the last two races at 1.5-mile tracks, gaining ten spots and finishing 16th at Charlotte and gaining nine spots and finishing 21st at Kansas. If he flirts with the top 20 again this weekend, he will be a cheap source of 30-plus fantasy points.

2016 AAA Texas 500 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

3

Austin Dillon

Realtree/Bad Boy

Chevrolet

2

22

Joey Logano

AAA

Ford

3

4

Kevin Harvick

Busch Beer

Chevrolet

4

2

Brad Keselowski

Alliance Truck Parts

Ford

5

42

Kyle Larson

Target/Coca-Cola

Chevrolet

6

27

Paul Menard

Schrock/Menards

Chevrolet

7

20

Matt Kenseth

DeWalt Flexvolt

Toyota

8

21

Ryan Blaney

BorgWarner Inc.

Ford

9

19

Carl Edwards

Sport Clips

Toyota

10

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation/Monster Energy

Chevrolet

11

24

Chase Elliott

Kelley Blue Book

Chevrolet

12

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats

Toyota

13

13

Casey Mears

GEICO

Chevrolet

14

47

AJ Allmendinger

Bush's Chili Beans

Chevrolet

15

1

Jamie McMurray

Cessna

Chevrolet

16

88

Alex Bowman

Nationwide

Chevrolet

17

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Office

Toyota

18

31

Ryan Newman

Grainger

Chevrolet

19

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

20

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Fastenal

Ford

21

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

22

10

Danica Patrick

TaxAct

Chevrolet

23

14

Tony Stewart

Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

Chevrolet

24

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's Core

Toyota

25

16

Greg Biffle

Performance Plus Motor Oil

Ford

26

6

Trevor Bayne

AdvoCare

Ford

27

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy

Chevrolet

28

95

Michael McDowell

Thrivent Financial

Chevrolet

29

44

Brian Scott

Albertsons/Tom Thumb

Ford

30

34

Chris Buescher

Love's Travel Stops

Ford

31

5

Kasey Kahne

AARP Drive to End Hunger

Chevrolet

32

7

Regan Smith

Nikko RC/Road Rippers

Chevrolet

33

83

Matt DiBenedetto

ZAK Backs the Blue

Toyota

34

38

Landon Cassill

MDS Transport

Ford

35

93

Ryan Ellis

ScienceLogic

Toyota

36

23

David Ragan

Dr. Pepper

Toyota

37

46

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet

38

55

Reed Sorenson

Trump-Pence

Toyota

39

32

Joey Gase

Donate Life Texas

Ford

40

30

Josh Wise

Curtis Key Plumbing

Chevrolet


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