Yahoo: Top 30 Drivers
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Following last Sunday's race at Atlanta, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels across the country for the start of the annual three-race West Coast swing. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is up first, and the 1.5-mile oval will host Sunday's Kobalt 400.
Sunday's 267-lap event is also the second race in a row at a 1.5-mile oval, so there is a good chance that the drivers who performed well last weekend at Atlanta will also run well this weekend. Not surprisingly, I'm using a similar strategy when filling out my Yahoo lineup.
For the second race in a row, I'm going to lean on the more consistent options in each tier. These drivers tend to be the bigger names, and while I don't want to burn through all their starts too soon, I'd rather sacrifice a couple of starts early to ensure a solid start to the season.
Once I have a few races to gauge driver value, it will be lot easier to pick which drivers I can count on as sleepers in all three tiers. In the meantime, I'm going with proven options.
Now, let's check out how the drivers stack up for this weekend's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
1. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Harvick has led laps in all three races at Las Vegas since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, winning the 2015 event in dominating fashion. After his dominating showing at Atlanta last weekend, it's safe to say that SHR's switch to Ford isn't going to stop Harvick from being one of the dominant drivers at the 1.5-mile ovals.
2. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
After a slow start to his career at Vegas, Keselowski has turned into one of the premier drivers at the track. He is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he has a 3.0 average finish in his last four starts at the track. Keselowski has two wins during that span and hasn't finished worse than seventh. Don't hesitate to use him as an A-List play Sunday.
3. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
Logano has finished 12th or better in all four starts at LVMS since joining Team Penkse, and it seems like only a matter of time before he picks up a win here. He has led 40-plus laps in three straight races here, finishing fourth in 2014 and second last year. He should in the Top 5 option this weekend.
4. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]
You want your A-List driver to be able to contend for the win while also having a high floor, and Johnson checks both boxes. He is a four-time winner at Vegas, and he has a 10.9 average finish in 15 starts here. In the last five races, Johnson has four finishes of sixth or better and has led 30-plus laps in all five starts.
5. KYLE BUSCH, #18 M&M'S, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
The Nevada native has is one of the best at 1.5-mile ovals, and his home-state track has been no exception. His 12.9 average finish over the last 10 races here is the fifth-best in the series, and he only been getting better. Busch won the 2009 race here, and he has two fourth-place finishes in his last three starts.