NASCAR DFS: AdventHealth 400

NASCAR DFS: AdventHealth 400

by May 14, 2022 0 comments

Following the race in Darlington, we move on to the AdventHealth 400 in Kansas City, Kansas. Looking at track specifications, Kansas Speedway features a triangular design with a 1.5-mile overall track length. Surprisingly this track is still one of the newest on the NASCAR Cup schedule, having been built in 2001. Toyota drivers have won three of the past five races at Kansas with Kyle Busch as the latest Toyota winner. Ford, however, has won races at Kansas in two of the last three seasons.

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Practice & Qualifying

Practicing begins at 4 p.m. ET today, and qualifying ends late in the day. The five fastest drivers from each group will advance to the second round of qualification, where all 10 competitors will compete again in individual-car qualifying. The fastest of those 10 drivers will win the Busch Light Pole Award. The rest of the field will start according to their finishing time. There’s a good chance there will be rain on both Friday and Saturday, affecting practice and qualifying. With just 36 drivers on the entry list, each driver is automatically locked in. Spot starter Noah Gragson returns to Cup for his fifth start this season.

This week, the Money Train delves into the DFS options for Sunday’s Cup Series event in Kansas City, KS. The selections are broken down between high salary, mid-range, and value play. Included are player salaries from both FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK). Best of luck to everyone with lineups this weekend.

High Salary

Kyle Busch (13,500 FD | 9,800 DK)

Holding down fifth place Busch was looking good last weekend at Darlington. However, an unforeseen blown tire by Keselowski would end up being his downfall. Busch would officially be done for the day. He ran great here in the May race, not only picking up the win but finishing first and second respectively in the pair of stages. Surprisingly, it’s been four years since he last dominated at Kansas. Although to his credit, he led 52 laps here in 2020, most laps led outside of Denny Hamlin, who led 59. Due to the birth of his daughter, he will be able to race the event this weekend. Thus, feel confident in locking him into your lineup.

Kyle Larson (14,000 FD  | 11,400 DK)

After leading 30 laps early at Darlington, Larson was looking good early. However, he would later suffer a blown engine that cost him another did not finish. Larson isn’t enjoying the same type of success as 2021, that much is obvious. Even so, oddsmakers favor him at Kansas. Although some of that may have to do with the fact he led a combined 262 laps at the two events last season. You have to imagine it’s only a matter of time before he finally hits. Not to mention his ownership percentage will have dropped quite a bit. If you want to go ahead and give Larson another shot, he could pay off big for you this week without the heavy chalk.

Mid-Range

Kevin Harvick (9,000 FD | 8,700 DK)

Last weekend turned out to be a wreck fest as expected. However, Harvick managed to avoid any real problems. After starting from the back of the field at Darlington, he would push through to finish a strong fourth. Look for him to tack on another strong fantasy effort this weekend. He’s not only a three-time winner here (tied for first) but tops all drivers in top five and top 10 finishes. Harvick managed to keep up his success at Kansas last year. While he only had two runner-up finishes last season, one of those came here.

Value Play

Brad Keselowski (7,000 FD | 7,400 DK)

Keselowski has slowed down a bit since he finished four times in the top 15 during a serviceable run. Next week is the All-Race, and the road to the playoffs is only getting shorter and shorter. Kansas might provide an opportunity for getting back on the saddle. In addition to winning this 1.5 miler in 2019, he has also been close to winning other numerous times over the last two seasons. In 24 races, he has achieved an average finish of 11.5. He’ll be driving a brand new sponsored car in Aloha Spirit, which should give him extra incentive.


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