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Ford EcoBoost 400
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The Sprint Cup Series season comes to a close this weekend, and when the checkered flag waves at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, the 2016 champion will be crowned. The title fight is certain to provide plenty of real-life drama, but it could also have a significant impact on the fantasy world.
In the two years since the current elimination format was adopted, the four drivers in the Chase have largely delivered in the finale. In 2014, title contenders finished first and second, and three of the four title hopefuls finished seventh or better, with two leading 50-plus laps. Last year, two title contenders again finished first and second while all four led laps and finished in the top 12.
Granted, you can't ignore the other drivers on the track, and there are going to be a few drivers outside of the title fight that post big scores. That being said, you probably want to have at least a couple of the championship drivers in your DFS NASCAR lineups if you want to cash in.
Check back after qualifying and practice for updated picks and lineup strategies, and make sure to watch the Ford EcoBoost 400 Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,800)
Johnson has been preparing for this race since he won at Martinsville, and there is no denying that the No. 48 bunch has flipped a switch since the Chase began, particularly at the 1.5-mile tracks. He led a race-high 118 laps at Chicagoland, led 155 laps and won at Charlotte and finished fourth at Kansas. With a chance to tie Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with seven championships, I expect Johnson to deliver.
Kyle Busch ($10,500)
In a winner-take-all race, I'm not sure there is any driver I would rather have than Busch. He is the quintessential wheelman, and with a title at stake last year, he came up with his first career win at Homestead. He has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four starts at Homestead, leading a combined 232 laps in that span. Busch is more than capable of defending his crown, and he could do so in impressive fashion.
Joey Logano ($10,200)
Logano has never had a dominant run at Homestead, but he seems to be peaking at the right time. He has led 20-plus laps in each of the last four Chase races, and he has finished third or better in three of the four races at 1.5-mile tracks during the Chase, leading 178 laps at Texas. With a championship on the line, a career-best performance at Homestead could be on tap for Logano.