Camping World 500
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Phoenix International Raceway is the next stop for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but before the green flag waves for the Camping World 500, it's time to build some winning DFS NASCAR lineups.
There are 312 laps on tap Sunday, so the laps led and fastest laps run categories are going to be important for both cash and tournament lineups. Recent history suggests that the laps led category is going to be dominated by drivers starting in the Top 5, so you are going to want to own at least one strong qualifier in every lineup.
In cash games, the place differential category plays a much bigger role, but you won't want to overdo it on drivers starting way back in the field. Passing is tough at Phoenix, and drivers who start toward the front usually do well. Instead, I recommend targeting reliable, higher-priced drivers who are starting in the middle of the pack.
In GPPs, I think you have a lot of roster flexibility this week, and you might not need much exposure to place differential. I think stacking a couple of studs starting up front and pairing them with a couple of punt plays could work out. I also think you could go with a more balanced approach, using one stud and five midrange drivers who are starting in the top half. Track position is big at Phoenix, and I think you can build a winning lineup simply through the dominator categories and solid finishes.
To help make sure you have a profitable weekend playing DFS NASCAR, check out one last look at my top picks and favorite lineup combinations for the Camping World 500.
Top Cash Game Plays
Kevin Harvick ($11,100)
He was already going to be the most popular play thanks to his ridiculous record at Phoenix, and now that he is starting 23rd, he is practically a must-own in cash games. He has a 2.7 average finish in his last 10 starts at Phoenix, and his worst finish in that stretch is 13th. In six starts with Stewart-Haas Racing, his worst finish at PIR is fourth, and he has owned the dominator categories. Fade him in a few GPP lineup, but you need to lock him up in cash.
Joey Logano ($10,500)
The dominator stats are still important in cash games, and Logano is going to be the popular picks to dominate Sunday's race after claiming the pole. He won at Phoenix last fall, and over the last three years, he ranks second at the track in laps led, leading 30-plus laps in two starts from the front row in that span. Logano could run away with the race, and at the very least, he should be out front early.