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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Quaker State 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night for the Quaker State 400. DraftKings will be running its usual daily fantasy NASCAR contests.

The DraftKings strategy for intermediate tracks is all about finding dominators for your roster. A dominator is a driver who will run up front, lead laps, and generate fast laps for extra bonuses.

Alternatively, for the middle to back end of lineups, it’s crucial to find a someone that performed poorly in qualifying and could work their way up the field for those coveted position differential points.

Keeping that in mind, here are two drivers to focus your Kentucky DraftKings lineups around….

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Kyle Busch ($10,200)
Starting Position: 1st/Pole

Busch is one of three drivers to win at Kentucky. In fact, he has won two of the six races run at Kentucky on the Cup level. His first win came from the pole in 2011 when he led 125 laps in dominant fashion. The following year, he led another 118 laps en route to a 10th-place finish. He then won this race again in 2015, leading another 163 circuits and has never finished lower than 12th at the track.

Busch is tied for the best average finish through six races at Kentucky (5.2) and is second in average starting position. That’s important because when Busch starts up front, he finishes up front, and on Saturday, he starts from the pole.

Keep in mind Busch is running the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series races this weekend as well. That extra track time should give Busch what he needs to score the first Cup win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kyle Larson ($10,000)
Starting Position: 40th

Larson’s team will start at the back of the field Saturday after failing to pass pre-qualifying inspection. That means he’ll accrue position differential points from the 40th starting spot for the second time this season. The first one came at Charlotte, where he worked his way up to second before wrecking with just over 100 laps remaining.

Larson will gain no less than 30 points for position differential with a top-10 finish. That’s on top of the 34 points awarded in DraftKings for 10th place. Larson could find his way at the front as soon as the beginning of the second stage with the stage racing format, leaving plenty of time remaining in the race for him to lead a few laps.

Larson was the fastest driver in second practice Friday after laying down a 28.695-second lap. On top of that, he also posted the best 10-lap average of the 14 cars that ran 10 consecutive circuits.

The series points leader is one of the fastest cars in the field and his points potential this weekend are what dreams are made of. Start your lineup building around Larson.

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Post-Qualifying Optimal Lineup:

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