DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Kansas Lottery 250

DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Kansas Lottery 250

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Kansas Lottery 250

Location: Kansas City, Kan.
Course: Kansas Speedway
Format: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Laps: 167

Race Preview

Austin Cindric extended his run of wins last week in Texas, capturing his third victory in a row after being shut out of Victory Lane up until that point. The win came after the checkered flag following Kyle Busch's disqualification, however. Cindric is now second in the playoff standings and is only 24 points behind points leader Chase Briscoe who has five wins so far in 2020. Six drivers have guaranteed their places in the championship battle, and only eight races remain for the final six spots to be finalized. Brandon Jones won at Kansas last season to score his first victory in the series and is the only driver entered in Saturday's race with a previous win at the track. 

Key Stats at Kansas Speedway

  • Number of races: 19
  • Winners from pole: 2
  • Winners from top-5 starters: 9
  • Winners from top-10 starters: 14
  • Winners from 21st or lower starters: 0
  • Fastest race: 141.158 mph

Previous 10 Kansas Winners

2019 - Brandon Jones
2018 - John Hunter Nemechek
2017 - Christopher Bell
2016 - Kyle Busch
2015 - Kyle Busch
2014 - Kyle Busch
2013 - Matt Kenseth
2012 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2011 - Brad Keselowski
2010 - Joey Logano

Kansas is another 1.5-mile tri-oval, which is similar in configuration to Kentucky and Las Vegas. Briscoe and Cindric won at those venues this season, but Kansas is a little different. The fast speedway has more room for racing in the turns than some other circuits, and drivers have a bit more flexibility to find a groove that works for their cars. As a fuel run extends, the drivers will tend to move higher up the banking and closer to the wall to maximize corner speed and momentum at corner exit onto the straights. Tire wear shouldn't be as much of a factor as some other tracks on the schedule, and two-tire stops could be an option for teams looking to gain track position on restarts.

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

DraftKings Tier 1 Values  

Austin Cindric - $11,200
Chase Briscoe - $10,900
Justin Allgaier - $10,600
Ross Chastain - $10,000

DraftKings Tier 2 Values  

Harrison Burton - $9,800
Brandon Jones - $9,400
Myatt Snider - $9,200
Justin Haley - $9,000

DraftKings Tier 3 Values

Daniel Hemric - $8,800
Riley Herbst - $8,600
Alex Labbe - $8,500
Brett Moffitt - $8,300

DraftKings Long-Shot Values

Michael Annett - $7,900
Bayley Currey - $7,300
Ryan Sieg - $6,600
Vinnie Miller - $6,400

MY PICKS THIS WEEK

Lower-Risk Lineup ($50K Salary Cap)

Chase Briscoe - $10,900
Harrison Burton - $9,800
Daniel Hemric - $8,800
Bayley Currey - $7,300
Josh Williams - $6,800
Vinnie Miller - $6,400

Chase Briscoe has two Kansas Xfinity starts. He led 33 laps and finished third last year. He starts sixth on Saturday and should be a confident selection for fantasy players this weekend. Harrison Burton will start Saturday's race fifth. He crashed out of last year's Kansas race but already has two wins this season and finished fourth last week at Texas. Daniel Hemric has a top-10 starting position for this week's race to go with his average finish of 10.0 from two races at the track. He led 128 laps last year from pole. Bayley Currey was forced to retire from last year's Kansas trip with suspension trouble but will be looking for a fifth top-20 finish this season from the 27th starting position. Josh Williams finished 24th and 21st in his two Kansas series starts and will start 24th on Saturday, too. Williams should be capable of a top-20 finish on Saturday to match his 15th-place finish at Kentucky and 13th-place finish at Las Vegas. Finishing the selections for the lineup is Vinnie Miller, who will start 36th. Miller has an average finish of 26.0 from two Kansas starts, which should translate into positive finish differential points for fantasy players. 

Higher-Risk Lineup ($50K Salary Cap)

Austin Cindric - $11,200
Justin Allgaier - $10,600
Brandon Jones - $9,400
Ryan Sieg - $6,600
Joe Graf Jr. - $6,200
Matt Mills - $5,700

Austin Cindric is the Xfinity series driver on the best run of results right now, and fantasy players choosing him for this week's race will pay a premium as a result. He has three consecutive wins and will start fourth for Saturday's race. Justin Allgaier might only be winless this year because of luck. He has been in contention many times but has been shut out of Victory Lane each week so far. He will start 11th this week and finished fifth in this race last season. Defending Kansas winner Brandon Jones will start on the front row for this race and is coming off of a seventh-place finish last week in Texas. Ryan Sieg has three top-10s from seven Kansas starts and will need consistent top-15 finishes to ensure he remains in the playoff picture. Deeper in Saturday's starting lineup are Joe Graf Jr. and Matt Mills. The pair should be capable of adding finish differential points to fantasy rosters, which will help support having drivers like Cindric leading the selections. Mills finished 20th at Kansas last season from the 27th starting position.

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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C.J. Radune
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