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NASCAR DFS: Food City 500 DraftKings Lineup Tips (Preview)

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Food City 500

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Short track racing returns this weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway.

If you play DFS NASCAR at DraftKings, there are a lot of factors to consider when building a lineup for Sunday's Food City 500, but your main concern has to be the 500-lap distance of the race.

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In terms of number of laps, Sunday's race is tied for first, which means it is also tied for first in the amount of fantasy points available in the dominator categories. Historically, at least two drivers are able to lead more than 100 laps in any given race at Bristol, so there is a good chance that at least two drivers are scoring in triple digits Sunday at DraftKings.

Of course, picking the drivers who will lead the most laps is the challenge, but in order to make sure I get as much exposure as possible to the dominator categories, I will pay up for at least two big names in every lineup I build, and I will go with three high-priced options in some of them.

I'll try to round out my roster with cheaper options who have upside in the place differential category, but if it comes to it, I'll punt a roster spot in order to go after the points in the dominator categories, especially in GPPs.

Check out a complete look at my favorite cash and GPP plays for Sunday's Food City 500, and make sure to get your lineups locked in at DraftKings before the green flag waves.

Top Cash Game Plays

Kyle Busch ($10,600)

His resume at Bristol is one of the best, and in addition to his five wins here, Busch leads all drivers in both dominator categories. Starting in the Top 10 with a car that was fast in practice, he has a great chance to finish as the top scorer at DraftKings Sunday. He should also be one of the most popular plays, making him safe to build around in cash games.

Kevin Harvick ($10,400)

Harvick has always run well at Bristol, and he has been even better since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, winning here last fall and leading a combined 428 laps in six starts. He showed up in the Top 10 in both practices, and his Top 10 starting spot puts him in good position to exploit the dominator categories. Harvick is always a popular play, which only adds to his appeal in cash games.

Top Tournament Plays

Joey Logano ($10,000)

If you are looking for a contrarian to win the dominator categories, I think Logano is a smart bet. After all, he has won two of the last five races here, and he is one of only two drivers with three straight Top 10s at the track. Logano showed decent muscle in practice, and he starts up in the Top 5. He could certainly end up leading plenty of laps while contending for another win at Bristol.

Denny Hamlin ($8,800)

Hamlin has been boom or bust at Bristol, but with two third-place finishes in his last three starts here, there is no doubt he has upside. He cracked the Top 5 in Saturday's first practice, so another one of his strong runs at the track could be on tap. I don't think he is cheap enough or starting deep enough to be highly owned, so I like him as a contrarian option, particularly to his teammate, Matt Kenseth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.


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