Kansas Speedway, which is now the latest facility on the NASCAR Cup Collection schedule till the primary occasion at Circuit of the Americas subsequent Might, has turn into a mainstay on the circuit.
The mile-and-a-half monitor opened in 2001 and has had some added banking from the preliminary pretty flat floor. Nonetheless, the venue shares similarities with different D-shaped ovals added to the calendar in the identical time interval, mainly Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. This permits statisticians to take a look at and evaluate outcomes at these tracks extra precisely than, say, the distinction between Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
This race would be the last occasion for Clint Bowyer at his house monitor. Bowyer doesn’t have an incredible file at Kansas, however he does have eight top-10 finishes in 24 begins. Probably the most notorious of those got here in simply his second begin on the monitor, when Bowyer handed a stalling Greg Biffle on the ultimate lap below warning.
Bowyer “received” the race, however NASCAR dominated that Biffle hadn’t run out of gasoline and thus would maintain the victory. If this sounds actually silly on NASCAR’s half, that’s as a result of it was, and this race remains to be remembered to at the present time as a showcase for NASCAR’s occasional inconsistency.
FanDuel has put extra emphasis on ending place than different DFS websites. For that reason, it lets you have a look at the whole area as a substitute of simply dominators and massive movers.
Additionally, with solely 0.1 factors awarded for every lap led by a driver, the necessity for a dominator is much less vital when constructing a successful lineup. The 267-lap race can have a complete of 26.7 factors up for grabs on this class. Take be aware when constructing your roster and concentrate on mid-pack rivals who can climb up towards the entrance on race day.
Listed here are a number of drivers to keep watch over when setting your NASCAR FanDuel roster this Sunday.
ELITE TIER: $10,000 and up
Denny Hamlin ($13,500)
Profession at Kansas: 24 begins, three wins, Eight prime fives, 9 prime 10s
Common end at Kansas: 14.5
Hamlin’s stats at Kansas don’t look significantly nice, however the secret is simply taking a look at his current begins. Hamlin has received the final two Cup races at Kansas, and half of these top-five finishes on the monitor have are available his final six begins.
Hamlin hasn’t been untouchable on mile-and-a-half racetracks – he completed 17th within the first Las Vegas Motor Speedway race earlier within the spring – however he’s received sufficient races that it’s exhausting to write down him off for the 400-miler. The No. 11 group truly avenged that Las Vegas end result with a third-place end and main almost half of the laps within the fall occasion a number of weeks in the past.
Brad Keselowski ($12,000)
Profession at Kansas: 21 begins, 2 wins, 5 prime fives, 11 prime 10s
Common end at Kansas: 12.0
The 2012 Cup champion has all the time loved consistency at Kansas. Keselowski has solely completed outdoors of the highest 20 at Kansas thrice, and he was nonetheless adequate to steer laps in two of these begins anyway.
The rationale to go along with Keselowski this week is comparatively easy: Penske is nice on the flat mile-and-a-half tracks, and it will be unusual if Keselowski can’t find yourself with a win on certainly one of them this season. Even when he doesn’t, he ought to no less than carry house a good end result on your fantasy group.
Alex Bowman ($11,000)
Profession at Kansas: 10 begins, Zero wins, 1 prime 5, four prime 10s
Common end at Kansas: 19.6
Hendrick Motorsports remains to be fairly stable at mile-and-a-half racetracks. Kurt Busch was in a position to win at Las Vegas with a Hendrick engine, whereas Bowman was in a position to end fifth in the identical race three weeks in the past.
Bowman is due for a win at Kansas. He got here near a win within the spring race final yr, the place he ended up dropping a late race duel with Keselowski. That race, by the way in which, had solely three finishers within the prime eight that had been non-Hendrick powered. Bowman may could effectively go down in historical past as the ultimate winner at Kansas’ sister monitor, Chicagoland Speedway, after his victory final yr.
ALL-STAR TIER: $6,000 – $9,999
Matt DiBenedetto ($8,500)
Profession at Kansas: 11 begins, Zero wins, Zero prime fives, Zero prime 10s
Common end at Kansas: 26.8
For a driver who completed second within the final “regular” oval race, DiBenedetto is at a very good worth this week. That is nearly completely because of his lackluster file at Kansas, with a finest end of 15th that was achieved within the fall race final yr. That was his lone top-20 end within the Sunflower State.
In July, DiBenedetto wrecked on lap 175 and failed to complete. Earlier than that, the Californian was within the prime 15 for 159 laps- which means DiBenedetto spent simply 16 laps outdoors of the highest 15 that whole race. At $8,500, this driver may be of nice worth for a fantasy group if he can simply end there.
BARGAIN TIER: $5,999 and under
Ryan Preece ($5,000)
Profession at Kansas: three begins, Zero wins, Zero prime fives, Zero prime 10s
Common end at Kansas: 23.7
Contemplating how Preece left the final race at Kansas, it’s nice that he may be chosen now.
It’s a disgrace that Preece had such a horrible common season, as a result of he’s actually appeared to seek out some pace this previous month. Preece had six top-20 finishes within the 26 race common season. He’s scored the identical quantity of prime 20s previously six races, which incorporates top-10 outcomes at Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, and a really spectacular run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL final week, main a career-high eight laps.
Preece ought to have the ability to proceed this late season push and rating one other prime 20 on Sunday, which is superb for a driver with a $5,000 price ticket.