Toyota Owners 400
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It's race day, and it's time to set your NASCAR DFS lineups for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. I'm here to help you cash in at DraftKings with my top cash, and GPP plays for the race.
Richmond is another short track, so if you think back to the races at Martinsville and Bristol, you already have a bit of a blueprint for success. Short track races mean lots of laps, and with 400 laps on tap today, you need to place plenty of emphasis on the dominator categories.
I like trying to target two or three drivers who appear capable of leading a lot of laps and pairing them with cheaper options who have upside in the place differential category. The strategy has been successful this far. At Martinsville, Kyle Busch led more than 200 laps, and Brad Keselowski led more than 100. At Bristol, it was Kyle Larson leading over 200 laps and Martin Truex Jr. also reaching triple digits in laps led.
In cash games, you can shift the emphasis more to the place differential category, but you may still want to include at least one driver starting near the front. Historically, the drivers who lead the most laps at Richmond start up in the Top 10, and the last three years, they've all started in the first three rows.
Make sure to get all your lineups locked in before the green flag, and make sure to take one last look at the top plays for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
Top Cash Game Plays
Kevin Harvick ($10,400)
From his results to his contributions in the dominator categories, Harvick has been the model of consistency at Richmond. He has four Top 5s in his last five starts here and nine straight Top 15s, and he also ranks in the Top 3 in both laps led and fastest laps run. Harvick showed up near the top of the practice sheets Saturday, and starting sixth; he will have track position on his side. All signs point to Harvick delivering a strong score Sunday, which is what you are looking for in cash games.
Kyle Larson ($10,300)
When building a cash lineup, you try to find drivers who have high ceilings but can still deliver a strong point total if they don't have their best day. Starting 18th, Larson can do just that. He has been running in the Top 5 all year, and he has an 11.3 average finish at Richmond and logged a second-place finish here last fall. Larson also showed plenty of speed in practice. Even if he doesn't lead any laps, Larson can use the place differential category to post a score in the 50-point range.
Top Tournament Plays
Kyle Busch ($10,600)
Busch hasn't jumped out as the driver to beat this weekend, but he starts in the Top 10, and his numbers at Richmond speak for themselves. He has four wins and the best average finish in the series at the track, and he ranks in the Top 5 in both dominator categories. Busch is always capable of going out and dominating a race, and at one of his best tracks, his chances of a big performance only go up. He is someone you have to build around in a couple of GPP lineups.