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NASCAR DFS: Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway (Free Preview)

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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.

Must-Own Drivers

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.

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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.

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