Track: Kansas Speedway
Type: Intermediate (1.5 mile)
Time: Saturday, 7:30pm EST on FS1
Keys to this week:
As the season moves forward, we move onto Kansas Speedway for the Digital Ally 400. One of the good things about this race is we now have 3 previous races to pull data from with this package, so we should be able to see how well they can pass and how the cars run using them as a standard. Kansas was a great passing track so hopefully we see a lot of action in this race. There will be 267 laps in this race, so there won’t be as many dominator points to go around. They may still matter, but we can do a lot of damage with position differential. Position differential is where we will make the most points in this race. I think a good strategy will be to have someone starting at the front who can lead 70-100 laps and then grab drivers who have fast cars in practice to get us those differential points.
Important: It will be best to build your lineups AFTER impound inspections on Saturday afternoon, so no need to build your lineups early in the morning. Drivers with fast practice times that get sent down may be worth putting into your lineups.
Weather by Chris Rothar
Kansas City, Kansas:
Partly cloudy skies with more clouds rolling in late. A shower or two is possible much later in the race. Temperatures in the low 50’s.
12k+ guys (FD) 10k+ guys (DK), listed in order as I like them.
Kevin Harvick has done well in Kansas over the last 11 races. He has won 3 of those races, with 7 top five and 8 top ten finishes. Two of those wins came when he was sitting on the pole, which he also happens to be in this race. He had one of the fastest cars in both practice sessions and had the fastest 10 lap averages in both practices. If he ends up going to the back after inspection he’s a no brainer, but I think he’s a no brainer either way. Not playing him is a mistake in my opinion if you can afford him. I’ll be locking him into most of my lines this week.
Kes didn’t pop out at me when I initially looked at this race, but this looks like it could be a great race for him in Kansas. He’s hasn’t won here in his last 10 races, but does have 5 top ten finishes in those races. What I like about him is his second place finish in Vegas and third place in Fontana. He’s racing well with this package, and his 9th place starting spot will help him move into the top 10 easily. some of the better practice times on friday are owned by him, which helps him here as well. His price is really low on DraftKings, but he’s definitely playable on both sites.
Logano has a great history here at Kansas with 2 wins, 6 top five and 7 top ten finishes in his last 10. I like that he’s starting from the 20 spot as it allows him to make some moves toward the top. He won the race in Vegas and placed second in Fontana, which means he can win using this package. I think that he should be able to move into the top 10 in this race, which will definitely give those place differential points. I’ve seen his name out there a bit, so keep in mind his ownership may be high.
8-12k guys (FD) / 7-10k guys (DK), listed in order as I like them.
Kurt Busch will be starting from the 14 spot in Kansas, which is good for us since he had some really great practice times on Friday with a 4th and 6th top ten average. With a car that fast, he has the potential to get into the top 10 in this race. He also has been driving well this season and has top 10 finishes in the other 3 races that used this package.
Kyle Larson is here again this week, and he was a mad man at Kansas last season. he had a 3rd & 4th place finish which is pretty good, but what is impressive about those finishes is that he started 27th and 22nd in those races. that’s a ton of differential points. He’s placed 3rd last week, which is good, but he’s going to have to race well to do the same here. Starting in the 8th position puts him in a good spot.
Bowman is an interesting driver here. His 10th spot isn’t ideal, but he’s raced fairly well in Vegas, Fontana, and Texas. He also had some of the faster practice times yesterday. He has 2 top 10 finishes here, so finishing in this spot isn’t out of the question. I like him a lot more if he fails inspection though!
Your low – mid tier priced players on both sites, listed in order as I like them. Use as needed.
I feel like I have Chris Buescher in this spot a ton, but it is well deserved. He’s great at moving up and getting you some decent place differential points which is perfect for his 27th starting position. He does have a top 10 finish at Kansas in only 6 races here, but he has averaged a 5 position improvement in those races. His price will help you fit in some of the overpriced drivers you may want.
Preece has done ok in the other races with this package making up some positions to score some position differential. He’s not a sexy pick, but I think he has the ability to do the same here. He’s starting way back in 31st, so if he can move into the low 20’s that’s good. Higher than that is a ton of points. I forgot to mention he has top 15 speed right now based off his practices.
The Yellow Flags
These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high priced drivers, but may not do much more.
Tyler Reddick – FD only because he’s dirt cheap and a better driver than where he is priced
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