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The third of the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes to a close this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, and while Sunday's Can-Am 500 is the last chance for the title contenders to claim their spot in the championship finale at Homestead, the race is the second-last chance for you to claim some cash playing DFS NASCAR.
As usual, the laps led and fastest laps run categories will be vital. There are 312 laps scheduled for Sunday's race, so the potential for a big point total is there if a driver dominates the event. Considering the flat, 1.0-mile track is notoriously tough to pass at, there is a pretty good chance on driver is going to get out front and stay there for a while.
Recently, that driver has been Kevin Harvick, who has absolutely owned PIR. He has led the most laps in each of the last five races here, winning four times and finishing second in a rain-shortened event last fall. When building your lineups this weekend, you can either build around Harvick or go the contrarian route and hope his run of dominance ends Sunday.
In addition to targeting Harvick, you may also want to load up on drivers who qualify near the front. Track position is huge at Phoenix, and earlier this year, five of the top six qualifiers all finished seventh or better. Last fall, the top eight finishers all started in the top 15, and the top three qualifiers all finished seventh or better.
Make sure to check back after qualifying for updated driver picks and lineup strategies. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET Friday, and the Can-Am 500 is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Kevin Harvick ($10,600)
His run of dominance at Phoenix has been nothing short of incredible. The eight-time track winner has finished either first or second in eight of his last nine starts at the track, winning five of the last six races here. In five starts with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick had four wins and a second-place finish, and he has led at least 139 laps in all five races, leading 994 of the 1,468 available laps.
Kyle Busch ($10,400)
Busch has been enjoying a strong stretch at Phoenix, finishing in the top 10 in six of his last eight starts here. He has led the second-most laps of any driver that span, leading 50-plus laps three times. Busch led 75 laps and finished fourth at PIR in March, and a repeat performance could be on tap. He has the high ceiling you look for when you build a DFS NASCAR lineup.