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NASCAR DFS: Go Bowling 400 Post-Qualifying

Following the qualifying round at the Kansas Speedway, Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking points out who to target on DraftKings for the Go Bowling 400!

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Qualifying hasn't exactly been the smoothest process this season, and the trend continued Friday at Kansas Speedway. While Ryan Blaney grabbed the pole with a lap of 189.600 mph in the final round of qualifying, a dozen drivers failed to take the track because of issues with pre-qualifying tech inspection.

Blaney will be joined on the front row by Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kyle Busch completed the Top 5. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the big names who didn't take the track and will be starting deep in the field.

With so many quality drivers failing to make qualifying runs, building a winning DFS lineup gets a little bit trickier. There are now a lot more points likely to be available in the place differential category. That being said, you still can't ignore the dominator categories, but I don't think you can afford to roster more than two drivers starting up front.

When choosing drivers starting up front, you have to make your picks count. After all, there have been six drivers to lead 90-plus laps at Kansas since 2014, and five of them have started in the Top 5. Meanwhile, all 11 drivers who have led 60-plus laps in the same stretch have started 11th or better.

Finding the right combination of drivers starting up front and drivers starting in the back will be key, but now that the starting lineup is set for the Go Bowling 400, it's time to take a closer look at the top options for Saturday's race at Kansas.

Must-Own Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($10,400)

Harvick has been a force at Kansas, finishing either first or second in five of his last seven starts here and leading 50-plus laps in four of the last six races. He is starting in the Top 10 with a car that led nearly every lap at Atlanta earlier in the year so that he could pile up plenty of points in the dominator categories Saturday night.

Jimmie Johnson ($10,100)

If you are building a cash game lineup this weekend, it has to start with Johnson. The three-time Kansas winner starts back in 29th after failing to make a qualifying attempt, but he has three Top 5s in his last four starts here, and his 8.9 average finish at the track is tops in the series. Johnson should be one of the biggest movers and highest scorers at DraftKings.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,700)

Truex has been a DFS star at most of the 1.5-mile tracks since the start of last season, and Kansas has been no exception. He led a race-high 172 laps here last May, and he has led a combined 199 laps in the three races on 1.5-mile ovals this year, winning at Texas and finishing in the Top 10 in all three races. Starting third, Truex could be out front early on his way to scoring the most points at DraftKings.

Joey Logano ($9,500)

He starts on the front row, putting Logano in perfect position to add to his impressive resume at Kansas. Since 2014, he has five Top 5s in his six starts at the track, winning twice and leading 40-plus laps on three occasions. Logano is a safe bet to lead a chunk of laps Saturday, and he could easily win both dominator categories.

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Value Plays

Clint Bowyer (8,600)

The Kansas native doesn't have a great record at his home-state track, but starting 30th, he is a no-brainer play in cash games. Bowyer has a 10.7 average finish at 1.5-mile tracks this year, and even if he just cracks the Top 20 Saturday, he will end up posting a solid score. He has one of the safest floors and plenty of upside through place differential.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,300)

I'll be the first to admit that Junior has been hard to trust this year, but now that he is forced to start 33rd, you have to give him heavy consideration, especially in cash games. He can reach 30 fantasy points at DraftKings simply by finishing 20th, and his potential just goes up from there.

Ryan Blaney ($8,000)

Blaney starts from the pole Saturday night, and he could be a cheap way to gain exposure to the dominator categories. After all, Blaney led a race-high 148 laps after starting on the front row at Texas earlier this year, and last year, both pole-sitters at Kansas led more than 100 laps.

Kasey Kahne ($7,800)

His value at the 1.5-mile tracks depends entirely on his starting spot, and fortunately for us, he has a ton of value now that he is starting 31st. Kahne has a 10.1 average finish over the last ten races at Kansas, and he has two Top 15s in three races at 1.5-mile tracks this season. Look for Kahne to deliver a decent finish and pad his score through the place differential category.

Erik Jones ($7,700)

He was unable to make a qualifying lap Friday, forcing Jones to start back in 32nd. Needless to say, he has massive upside through place differential from that starting spot. Jones has two Top 15s in three races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, and he has shown Top 10 potential at just about every track this year. There is too much potential to ignore.

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Sleeper Specials

Michael McDowell ($5,700)

McDowell starts back in 35th after failing to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, making him a potential steal at DraftKings. He has a 23.3 average finish in the three races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, and he finished 22nd at Kansas last fall. McDowell should be able to crack the Top 25 and approach 30 fantasy points at DraftKings while freeing up a ton of cap space.

Landon Cassill ($5,200)

Add Cassill to the group of drivers who failed to make a qualifying run, and his 36th-place starting spot makes him an ideal punt play Saturday. He has cracked the Top 30 in all three races at 1.5-mile tracks this year, posting a 26.0 in those events. Cassill should be able to gain around ten spots and finish with a decent score for almost the minimum salary.

2017 Go Bowling 400 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

21

Ryan Blaney

Motorcraft/Quick Lane

Ford

2

22

Joey Logano

AAA Insurance

Ford

3

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Auto-Owners Insurance

Toyota

4

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Go Bowling

Ford

5

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's Red Nose Day

Toyota

6

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation/Monster Energy

Ford

7

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Freight

Toyota

8

4

Kevin Harvick

Busch Light

Ford

9

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

10

24

Chase Elliott

NAPA

Chevrolet

11

3

Austin Dillon

American Ethanol

Chevrolet

12

1

Jamie McMurray

McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink

Chevrolet

13

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

14

20

Matt Kenseth

Circle K

Toyota

15

19

Daniel Suarez

Stanley ACE/CMN

Toyota

16

6

Trevor Bayne

Roush Performance

Ford

17

2

Brad Keselowski

Elite Support

Ford

18

27

Paul Menard

FVP/Menards

Chevrolet

19

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar

Chevrolet

20

37

Chris Buescher

Scott Products

Chevrolet

21

47

AJ Allmendinger

Dillons ClickList

Chevrolet

22

13

Ty Dillon

Twisted Tea

Chevrolet

23

32

Matt DiBenedetto

IncredibleBank.com

Ford

24

10

Danica Patrick

Wonder Woman/One Cure

Ford

25

23

Gray Gaulding

Dr. Pepper

Toyota

26

72

Cole Whitt

RTIC Coolers

Chevrolet

27

33

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing

Chevrolet

28

55

Derrike Cope

Premium Motorsports

Toyota

29

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

30

14

Clint Bowyer

Mobil 1 Annual Protection

Ford

31

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance

Chevrolet

32

77

Erik Jones

5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength

Toyota

33

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Mountain DEW-S-A

Chevrolet

34

38

David Ragan

Overton's

Ford

35

95

Michael McDowell

Tommy Williams Drywall

Chevrolet

36

34

Landon Cassill

A&W

Ford

37

15

Reed Sorenson

Harrahs North Kansas City

Chevrolet

38

83

Corey LaJoie

Dustless Blasting

Toyota

39

51

Timmy Hill

Lilly Trucking

Chevrolet

40

66

Carl Long

Veerverks/Poker Palace

Chevrolet


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