DFS NASCAR Trucks: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 & e.p.t. 200

DFS NASCAR Trucks: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 & e.p.t. 200

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Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 & e.p.t. 200

Location: Kansas City, Kan.
Course: Kansas Speedway
Format: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Laps: 134

Race Preview

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series will have the first double-header race weekend in its history at Kansas Speedway. The pair of 200-mile races take place Friday and Saturday, and will be the 20th and 21st series races at the circuit. Those 19 prior races have produced 17 different winners. Ross Chastain won last year's race after starting sixth, and Noah Gragson won from pole in 2018. Chastain, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only previous winners entered this weekend. Only two drivers are currently locked into the championship battle. Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed have both won their way into the knockout format, but the scrum around the 10th and final playoff position is heating up with just four more races to set the field of championship contenders.

Key Stats at Kansas Speedway

  • Number of races: 19
  • Winners from pole: 3
  • Winners from top-5 starters: 13
  • Winners from top-10 starters: 19
  • Winners from 21st or lower starters: 0
  • Fastest race: 139.875 mph

Previous 10 Kansas Winners

2019 - Ross Chastain
2018 - Noah Gragson
2017 - Kyle Busch
2016 - William Byron
2015 - Matt Crafton
2014 - Kyle Busch
2013 - Matt Crafton
2012 - James Buescher
2011 - Clint Bowyer
2010 - Johnny Sauter

While Kansas has produced 17 different winners, none of them have started lower than 10th. The closest tracks that fantasy players should compare Kansas to are Las Vegas and Kentucky. Kyle Busch and Sheldon Creed won at those tracks earlier this year, and both of them also started inside the top 10. While Creed took over the lead prior to a rain-shortened finish in Kentucky, Busch led 108 of 134 in Las Vegas. Those are important things to keep in mind for Saturday's race since the top 15 finishers from the night before will be inverted for the start. If a driver has a dominant machine on Friday, fantasy players may feel more comfortable looking outside of the top-10 starters to complete their lineups for Saturday. Lineups for Friday's race should focus more on the top-10 starters, though. Driver prices for Saturday's race will not be available until after Friday's finish as a result. Look to the comments section of this preview for any major changes for Saturday afternoon.

DRAFTKINGS VALUE PICKS (Based on Standard $50K Salary Cap)

DraftKings Tier 1 Values  

Johnny Sauter - $11,300
Ross Chastain - $11,000
Brandon Jones - $10,600
Austin Hill - $10,300

DraftKings Tier 2 Values  

Brett Moffitt - $9,800
Todd Gilliland - $9,600
Stewart Friesen - $9,400
Tyler Ankrum - $9,200

DraftKings Tier 3 Values

Christian Eckes - $8,900
Spencer Davis - $8,800
Ben Rhodes - $8,600
Sheldon Creed - $8,400

DraftKings Long-Shot Values

Zane Smith - $8,000
Grant Enfinger -$7,900
Brennan Poole - $7,700
Ty Majeski - $7,100

My Picks

Brandon Jones - $10,600
Austin Hill - $10,300
Tyler Ankrum - $9,200
Ben Rhodes - $8,600
Cory Roper - $6,300
Timmy Hill - $4,800

Brandon Jones, Austin Hill, Tyler Ankrum and Ben Rhodes will all start Friday night's race inside the top 10, giving them an early advantage on the rest of the field. Jones started 10th and went on to win his only series start this season at Pocono and will start fifth on Friday. Hill has an average finish of eighth from his two prior truck races at this track with a fourth-place finish last season. He will start sixth. Ankrum starts in the ninth position and finished 11th here last season. Rhodes was last year's runner-up finisher at this track and brings four top-10s from the last five races into this weekend's double-header. Finishing off Friday's selections are Roper and Hill. Roper finished 17th last week at Texas and will be on the hunt for another top-20 this weekend, while Hill could have a springboard to a top-20 finish from his 24th-place starting position for Friday. 

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. C.J. Radune plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: cjradune, RaceDayScore: cjradune.
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