Another challenging race to see this past weekend with a mess taking out nearly half of the field and then rain shortening the race and the win visiting Justin Haley in only his third start at this level. The win doesn’t do anything for the playoffs since Justin is not input for things in this series. Just a bit of cash for his team along with a great trophy and some thing to tell his grandchildren someday.
QUAKER STATE 400
This week the drivers visit the Kentucky Speedway for the following Saturday night tilt. This is just another of the mile and a half tracks on the circuit the Gibbs and Penske drivers have had lots of success on this year. I really don’t see much changing in that regard this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has swept everything here the last two years winning both races and all four stages, plus sitting on front row in both of those races too. I think we are going to want to keep him on our roster this weekend once again and I predict that he will once more win this particular race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst finish here in his eight starts in a twelfth place finish back at the 2016 season. He has six top five finishes here in these eight races and will be the main danger to Martin this weekend. I think both of these guys will put on a pretty good show for us this weekend.
Brad Keselowski: Brad leads all drivers with three wins here in his eight starts and will be another of those contenders this weekend. There have only been two races in which he didn’t lead any laps at this course and we’ve noticed that the Penske teams have shown a great deal of speed this year. I would also mention he and teammate, Joey Logano, run very well here in the Xfinity series also.
Joey Logano: Joey is still looking for his first Cup win here, but has finished in the top ten in five of the final six starts including a runner up finish in 2015. They might come out with a car that is equally as quickly as the one that they had in Michigan a few weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has completed seventh and sixth in his only two starts at this track and this is the sort of track where he really excels. Plus he actually seems to run better in nighttime races than he does in day races. The track should be a little cooler at night and will have more grip which might give him the confidence to drive a little harder in night races.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin is also looking for his first win at Kentucky, but he has never finished worse than sixteenth here and can be on a series of six straight top ten finishes. His pit crew still looks like the major concern for this group as they make a lot of errors during the race and price Kevin a lot of track position which is actually important with how hard it’s to pass this year with the new aero package.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan finished second in this race last year and is just another motorist from the Penske stable. This team can get the business done on this type of track and need to have a great deal of speed . If he could turn his luck around a little bit he can find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two years ago and he’s having more bad luck this year than Ryan Blaney. This group seems to have a good car at the start of the race, but then something happens to them on the track or in the pits to take them out of contention and they end up fighting al race long to gain track position. One of these weeks things will come together for this team.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has five top ten finishes in his eight starts at this course and has been running very well all season. They have run towards the front of the pack in a great deal of races this year and should just get better as the season progresses. I look him to have a fast car once again this weekend and to run at the top ten for much of the race.
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