Go Bowling 400
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After several short track events and a wild trip to Talladega Superspeedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series gets back to its bread and butter this weekend with a trip to Kansas Speedway. Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 will be the fourth race of the season at a 1.5-mile oval
As is the case with a majority of 1.5-mile ovals, the drivers starting near the front tend to dominate the laps led category at Kansas. In six races since the start of the 2014 season, there have been 11 drivers who have led 60-plus laps in a race at the track. All 11 of those drivers have started 11th or better.
During the same stretch, there have been six drivers who had led 90-plus laps. Five of those drivers started in the Top 5, and last year, the pole-sitters for both Kansas races led more than 100 laps.
There are 267 laps on tap this weekend, and there is a good chance one driver is going to lead 100-plus. When assembling your lineups this weekend, you are going to want to start with a couple of big studs who qualify toward the front to pile up plenty of points in the dominator categories.
From there, try to fill out your roster with drivers who have the best chance of exploiting the place differential category. Make sure to check back after Friday's qualifying session for updated driver picks, and in the meantime, take a closer look at the drivers I’ll be targeting ahead of Saturday's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Kevin Harvick ($10,400)
Harvick has been an absolute DFS stud at Kansas in recent years, finishing either first or second in five of his last seven starts. He has led a series-best 328 laps at the track since 2014, and he has led 50-plus four times in that span. Harvick has also led the most laps at 1.5-mile ovals in 2017, and this weekend, he is bringing the car that led nearly every lap at Atlanta earlier this year.
Joey Logano ($9,700)
Over the last three seasons, Logano has been one of the safest bet to contribute in the dominator categories at Kansas. He has five Top 5s in his last six starts at the track, including a pair of wins. Logano has also led multiple laps in every race in that span, leading 40-plus on three occasions.
Martin Truex Jr. ($9,500)
Truex has had a couple of wins slip away at Kansas, but he has to be considered one of the favorites to score the most points at DraftKings this weekend. He has led at least 95 laps in two of his last four starts here, including a race-high 172 last May. Truex has also cracked the Top 10 in all three races at 1.5-mile ovals in 2017, leading 150 laps and winning at Las Vegas and leading 49 laps at Texas.
Matt Kenseth ($8,400)
His luck has been bad this year, but Kenseth has enormous potential for the price. He has finished in the Top 15 in his last ten starts at Kansas, and his 7.3 average finish in that span ranks second. More importantly, he has led the second-most laps at the track over the last three years, leading more than 100 laps in two of the last three races/
Ryan Blaney ($8,000)
Kansas has been one of Blaney's best tracks, and he has three straight Top 15s here, including a Top 5 run last May. He's also shown Top 10 speed at the 1.5-mile tracks all year, and he led a race-high 148 laps at Texas a few weeks ago. If he qualifies near the front, Blaney could be a sleeper candidate to score points in the dominator categories.
Austin Dillon ($7,500)
It has been a rough year for Dillon at the intermediate ovals, but mechanical issues have been his biggest issue. He has shown intriguing upside at Kansas in the past, and he has three Top 10s in his last five starts here, including a pair of sixth-place runs last season. That type of upside can't be ignored.
Trevor Bayne ($7,100)
Even before Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won last weekend's race at Talladega, it was clear that Roush Fenway Racing has made some serious gains on the track. Bayne has been particularly solid at the 1.5-mile ovals, and he has finished 13th or better in all three races. If he starts in the middle of the pack or deeper, he should be a bargain at this price.
Chris Buescher ($6,500)
He doesn't have a huge ceiling, but Buescher could be a safe, cheap play in cash games if he starts deep in the field. He has finished in the Top 25 in both of his Cup starts at Kansas, gaining an average of 5.0 spots per race. In three starts at 1.5-mile ovals this year, Buescher has three Top 25 efforts and has gained an average of 7.6 spots.
A.J. Allmendinger ($6,200)
He tends to be an all-or-nothing option at the 1.5-mile ovals, but he seems to have a setup he likes at Kansas. Allmendinger has four Top 15s in his last five starts here, including a pair of Top 10s last season. During the same span, he has gained nine or more spots three times, including 21 spots in last May's race. If he starts outside the Top 25, I'll have some exposure.
Michael McDowell ($5,700)
Among the cheaper options, McDowell has been the best at the 1.5-mile ovals this year, posting a 23.3 average finish in three races. He also had a solid run at Kansas last fall, starting 33rd and finishing 22nd. If he qualifies 30th or worse, I'll jump on him as a punt play.