Coca Cola 600
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600, and while Sunday’s race will be the fifth of the season at a 1.5-mile oval, the length of this event is important to consider when building a NASCAR DFS lineup at DraftKings.
Plain and simple, more laps mean more points available in both dominator categories, and there are 400 laps on tap Sunday night. The first four races at 1.5-mile tracks this year have featured between 267 and 334 laps, it is a significant jump in the points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.
With that in mind, it becomes even more important to own the dominant drivers Sunday night, and based on recent history, you can expect a couple of drivers to both led 100 or more laps. History also suggests that you expect these drivers to start inside the Top 15, if not the Top 5. As important as clean air appeared to be in last weekend’s All-Star Race, I think the trend continues.
I think it is a must to own a couple of studs starting near the front this weekend, and I I’ll even go with three drivers starting up front in some lineups. Even in cash games, I think you need to dedicate a couple of roster spots to chasing the dominator points in order to be competitive.
You still need to be smart with your mid-priced plays and cheaper picks, but hitting on the drivers who do the most damage in the dominator categories should be the top priority. If you pick right, you will at least put yourself in position to win big this weekend.
I’ve highlighted my top cash and GPP plays in order to help you cash in at DraftKings, and don’t forget to get your lineups locked in for the Coca-Cola 600.
Top Cash Game Plays
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,700)
The beatdown Truex put on the field in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 won’t be forgotten this weekend, especially since he has continued to own the 1.5-mile ovals in 2017. In addition to wins at Las Vegas and Kansas, Truex ranks second in laps led and first in fastest laps run at the 1.5-mile tracks this year. He should be one of the most popular plays, making him a safe option for going after the dominator points.
Top GPP Plays
Jimmie Johnson ($10,200)
Johnson is in an interesting spot since he qualified 14th. I think Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are going to more popular plays because they are closer to the front, and I think Joey Logano and Kyle Larson will be more popular picks starting deep in the field. Johnson could slip through the cracks a bit, and the eight-time Charlotte winner is always a threat to go out and dominate here. Make sure you have him headlining a couple of GPP lineups.
Drivers to Fade
Clint Bowyer ($8,500)
Bowyer is having a rock solid year for Stewart-Haas Racing, and he has finished 11th or better in all four races at 1.5-mile tracks. On the flip side, he hasn’t finished better than ninth in these races, and he has led a combined three laps. He starts ninth this weekend, so I don’t see much potential for Bowyer in either the place differential category or the dominator stats. I don’t like him at this price.