This week NASCAR will follow the yellow brick road to Kansas Speedway. It was a fantastic week last week for us racing fans, I always enjoy seeing a first time winner in the Cup series, congrats to Ricky Stenhouse Jr on his first career win at Talladega, much deserved. There will be a lot of Two tire pit stops Saturday night at Kansas, as track position is key and teams try to make up positions that way if there car isn’t where they like it, so keep that in mind when you set your lineups this week. Now, let’s jump into my picks for the first night race of the year at Kansas. I like to get my research from driveraverages.com, Jayski, and the NASCAR Mobile app.

Top Tier- Gpp & Cash

Jimmie Johnson-(10,100)

Jimmie already has two wins on the season at Texas and Bristol, and he very well could make it 3 this Saturday night. Jimmie does not qualify well, you think for a seven time champion he’d be a lot better at qualifying but this doesn’t bother me any, this is great in fantasy formats. Jimmies average start at Kansas is 19, with an average finish of 6.25. In the last 4 races at Kansas, Jimmie has 1 win, 3 top 5’s, and led 15 laps. Jimmie didn’t get to make a qualifying attempt he will start 29th.

Martin Truex Jr-(9,700)

The 78 car was dominant at the mile and the half tracks last year, and it’s looking like he will be dominant this year again with leading the most laps at Las Vegas and third most at Texas. In the past 4 races at Kansas, Truex has only one top 10, and 4 top 20’s, and led 267 laps. Hopefully truex’s bad luck trend won’t come calling late in the race as his average start is 4, with an average finish of 12.25. Truex will start 3rd Saturday night.

Mid Tier-GPP

Matt Kenseth-(8,400)

The Savvy veteran usually always shows up ready to race at Kansas and no one will ever forget the drama that started between him and Joey Logano here a couple years ago. In the past 4 races he has 1 top 5, 3 top 10’s, and has led a series best 273 laps. Kenseth will start 14th Saturday night.

Kasey Kahne-(7,800)

Kasey is off to a good start compared to what he has done the last couple seasons. Kansas has been a great track for Kasey especially in recent years. In the past 4 races Kasey has 1 top 5, 2 top 10’s, 4 top 20’s. His average start over those last 4 races has been 18.3 with an average finish 11.75, if this trend holds up Kahne should make for a good place differential play. Kahne along with Hendrick teammates Jimmie and Dale Jr didn’t make a qualifying attempt, he will start 31st.

Dark Horses-GPP

Erik Jones-(7,700)

This will be Jones first start at Kansas in his own full time ride, he did fill in for Kyle Busch as he started 12th but had a DNF and finished 40th. He does make me a little nervous to be honest, but the ride is there and the raw talent, then there is also his teammate Truex, look for the rookie to learn a few things from his veteran teammate and finish inside the Top 10-15. Now unlike his teammate who did qualify, Jones however did not, and he will start 32nd.

AJ Allmendinger-(6,200)

This pick is purely based off recent track history, Kansas has been a good track for AJ over the last 4 races. In the past 4 races AJ has 2 top 10’s, and 3 top 20s. His average start is 23.8 and has an average finish of 14.25, just like as in Kahne let’s hope history repeats itself. Aj will roll of Saturday night in 21st.

Other Top Tier Drivers to Consider:
Kevin Harvick-(10,400)
Joey Logano-(9,500)
Kyle Busch-(9,400)

Other Mid tier drivers to Consider:
Clint Bowyer-(8,600)
Dale Earnhardt Jr-(8,300)
Ryan Blaney- (8,000)

Other Value drivers to Consider:
Aric Almirola-(6,400)
Michael McDowell-(5,700)
David Ragan-(5,400)

Good luck this weekend and keep it green! Make sure to reach out to me on twitter at @HousemoneyAce if you have any questions!

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Hello my friends, my name is Acie Waller. I am former athlete, I played football ( wide receiver ) in high school and college, won many award as senior in high school including a District MVP. I am now currently a group leader at a factory in Lexington, Ky. I am a diehard New England Patriots fan, and the Kentucky Wildcats, I also enjoy a left turn on Sunday’s from Feb to November, I am also a huge Kevin Harvick fan. On my days off I enjoy spending time with my family, watching a variety of netflix shows (Friday night lights, SOA, Gotham) and documentaries or studying film in hopes to gain that fantasy edge on my daily opponents. I also enjoy video games, mainly sports. NASCAR, madden, and NBA on my PS4. I have been playing fantasy in season long formats for 3 years now (NBA, NFL, NASCAR). Won the championship in my 2nd year in NFL, and runner up this year. I feel like being at former athlete in the football world gives me a big advantage in NFL of understanding schemes and coverages when it comes to daily fantasy football. And NASCAR I feel like being from the south and just being a diehard fan over the years, and as NASCAR is not a popular sport gives me an advantage as well. I have been playing daily fantasy sports as well for the last two years, I have won a some good payouts on draftkings over the last 6 months, I do have the 500 plus big win badge on draftkings where I have won a total of 2,500 bucks in 5 contests. I really like to only play gpps in NASCAR and NBA. NFL I like to play both, mainly about 70% Gpp and 30% for cash games. I’m really excited to bring my NASCAR knowledge to House Money, Should be an exciting year in NASCAR, and looking forward sharing my knowledge in hopes to bring you guys some huge payouts.