NASCAR is headed back to the East Coast for the fifth race of the season — Ambetter Health 400. The newly redesigned Atlanta Motor Speedway is the host venue for the racing this weekend and it’s already been a crazy weekend for the Truck and Xfinity Series. From wild weather to wild racing we’ve seen it all this weekend and we still have the Cup Series race to go. What can we expect from the racing at Atlanta this weekend? How are we building for DFS? Who are the top plays for the Ambetter Health 400? We have it all covered in this week’s NASCAR DFS playbook.

What is the racing like at Atlanta Motor Speedway?

So far this weekend we’ve got some taste of the racing at Atlanta. Even if we flashback to last year’s Atlanta Cup races, the first ones with not only the new Next Gen cars but also the new layout, it was unpredictable. The March race, a 500-mile event, was the more chaotic race, though much of the chaos happened in the last 100 miles of the race. The July race, in warmer weather and 100 miles shorter, was more of a typical intermediate race. The pole-sitter won the race and led a bunch of laps while most of the top 10 started there and most of the movement was further back in the field. Contrast that to March where the winner started P12 and most of the top 10 didn’t start there which is much more like a plate race. So which one are we getting on Sunday? That’s anyone’s guess…which leads right into the next section.

NASCAR DFS Strategy for Ambetter Health 400

The best approach for this weekend is to expect anything. That might sound open-ended but that’s what we’re dealing with here. If we expect a March race to break out, either because it’s the same time of year or that’s what we’ve seen all weekend, we need to factor in chaos to the builds but not full chaos like a Daytona or Talladega. We’ll still need to get a laps-led dominator because in both races last year we saw one driver lead at least 95 laps in each race. If we expect a July race to happen thanks to cooler temps and drivers being a tad more pensive, then we need to build for more intermediate-style racing where it’s tough to pass and finish position and laps led are key. So when building multiple lineups, we should split the builds to cover each type of race that could break out. Qualifying also helps us with a variety of builds for either cash or GPP contests.