Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
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For all the excitement that the Daytona 500 provides, the wrecks and pack racing created by the restrictor plates make it a unique race from a DFS NASCAR standpoint.
There should be a bit of a return to normalcy for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with the focus shifting from the place differential category back to finishing position and the dominator categories (laps led and fastest laps run).
Granted, NASCAR new, three-segment race format is going to have an impact on the dominator stats. The segments guarantee at least two caution periods, which could potentially lower the points available in the fastest laps run category. Meanwhile, teams will likely opt for a variety of pit strategies during and between segments, which could reduce the number of laps an otherwise dominant driver ends up leading.
While the full impact of the segments remains to be seen, I still expect a couple of drivers show up each week with the car to beat and spend a good chunk of time out front. Races at 1.5-mile tracks like Atlanta tend to be particularly susceptible to follow-the-leader racing. In eight of the last ten races at AMS, one driver has led more than 100 laps eight times.
With that in mind, I think the winning DFS lineup structure this weekend is likely to include a couple of expensive options which can pile up points in the dominator categories, and several value plays who can either deliver a solid finish for the price or can boost their score through the place differential category.
Make sure to check back for updated picks and DFS lineup tips following qualifying, and in the meantime, here is a closer look at the drivers who could help you cash in Sunday at Atlanta.
Harvick has been by far the most dominant driver at Atlanta in recent years. His 543 laps led over the last five races are 381 more than any other driver, and he has led 100-plus laps four times in that span. In three starts at AMS with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick has never led less than 116 laps.
His career numbers at Atlanta are among the best in series history, and with back-to-back wins at the track, Johnson shows no signs of slowing down. He is a five-time winner at AMS overall, and he led 52 laps in his win in 2015 and 92 more in his win last year.