Kyle Larson $8,000: I mentioned him in the race preview as a driver that doesn’t do well in plate races. He’s taking roughly a $2K salary cut this week. And all that still holds true. But I still stand by the point that he can win at any track. Now he’s starting 34th – he’ll actually start last because of some unapproved changes but scored from 34th. That bodes well for place differential. Don’t go crazy because anything can happen at a plate race but don’t be afraid to use Larson as the highest percentage of your player pool.
Clint Bowyer $9,200 to Ricky Stenhouse $9,000: I’m not going to completely fade Stewart Haas because they’re starting 1-4. But it’s tough to imagine all of them surviving the race and all returning value. If you know me, you know I’m not a fan of Stenhouse and criticize his style of driving at times. But this is the track that he loves, has confidence, and will be battling for a victory at. It’s aggressive but it has worked for him in the past. Bowyer is starting 2nd while Stenhouse is starting 12th. Both should be battling at the end if they survive the Big One but the place differential will be the key between Stenhouse and Bowyer’s points.
Kurt Busch $9,800: I expect Kurt to have speed Sunday in his Stewart Haas Ford. That’s apparent by starting on the pole. However the pole sitter in this race very rarely returns value and at a top price, it would be hard for Kurt to do so. I’ll be avoiding him Sunday as it will take a dominant performance by him to make him worth it.