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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Overton’s 400

DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR is back at the Tricky Triangle Sunday afternoon for the Overton’s 400 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The DFS strategy at Pocono is similar to last weekend at Indianapolis. Although there is more passing here than at Indy, it often turns into a single file race as the green flag laps chip away. Starting position is key when setting lineups because there isn’t much fluctuation in positions on the track. Top 15 cars will run in the top 15 and so on.

The weather for race time looks clear, so we shouldn’t see any surprise winners a la Chris Buescher last season.

Here are two must-start drivers on DraftKings for Sunday’s race.

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Kyle Busch ($10,700)
Starting Position: Pole/First

Pocono is one of two tracks on the cup series schedule where Kyle doesn’t have a win. He has finished within the top 10 in 40% of his 25 starts here.

Back in June, Kyle dominated this race, starting from the pole and leading 100 of the 160 laps. He also recorded 34 of the fastest laps, the most of any driver. He slid back during the final laps and finished the race ninth.

Kyle was the fastest car in race trim during opening practice on Saturday, and then followed that up in second practice with the third fastest time. Kyle also blew away the field in the final round of Qualifying, besting Martin Truex Jr. by .142 seconds. Busch has been the most consistent dominator over the past few weeks, and that will continue this weekend.

Ryan Newman ($7,600)
Starting Position: 20th

Ryan was fourth fastest in race trim in first practice, but back in 14th in second practice. He didn’t qualify incredible well, so he will start in 20th for the race. This is great for DraftKings players as he will have a faster race car than a good chunk of drivers in front of him.

Newman is first among all active drivers in quality passes over his career at Pocono. He finished 14th in the first Pocono race this season, and has 24 top-15 finishes through his 31 starts. His average finish at the Tricky Triangle is 12.8.

He also pulled off a podium finish in the wreck fest that was the Brickyard 400 last weekend. Newman has the potential to finish inside the top 10 again on Sunday, which gives him great value for lineups this weekend.

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