Let’s line it up! Citizen Soldier 400 weekend! Here we go!
I will take a different approach to start my articles coming into the weekend. I released an article similar to this back in July for the Coke Zero 400, you can read it here. The style of your line-ups will vary from week to week depending on track type; some weekends you will need to punt on a driver or two to fit some of the studs, other weeks you need to build a more balanced line-up. At tracks like Daytona or Talladega it is totally acceptable to leave a lot of salary on the table. The goal in the first part of this article is to provide you with a good idea on what to focus on when constructing your line-ups.
The first line-up we will take a look at is the highest scoring line from the AAA 400 back in May. I will breakdown various aspects of this line-up, as well as the other highest scoring line-up.
There is a substantial amount of similarity in the way each of these two line-ups were constructed. First I will spend some time breaking down each of them.
One of the first things that you will notice is the large total of laps led and fastest laps. Those two categories alone accounted for 33.9% of the overall points scored. With this race being 400 laps, it will be key to find a driver who will be able to score a large sum of dominator points. As we have seen this year, it has been the pole sitter or a driver who starts in the first few rows who has scored most of the dominator points.That was not necessarily the case in this race. While Kevin Harvick was in fact able to start from the pole and lead 117 laps and record 55 fastest laps, three drivers who started outside of the Top 10 were able to score a majority of the dominator points in this line-up.
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