Another tough race to watch this past weekend using a wreck taking out nearly half of the field and then rain shortening the race along with the triumph visiting Justin Haley in only his third start at this level. The win does not do anything for the playoffs as Justin isn’t entered for points within this collection. Only a little cash for his team along with a nice trophy and some thing to tell his grandchildren someday.
QUAKER STATE 400
This week the drivers visit the Kentucky Speedway for another Saturday night tilt. This is another of the mile and a half tracks on the circuit that the Gibbs and Penske drivers have had a lot of success with this season. I really don’t see much in that respect this weekend .
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has swept everything here the last two years winning both races and all four phases, and sitting on front in both of these races too. I believe we will want to keep him on our roster this weekend once more and I predict that he will once again win this particular race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst finish here in his eight starts in a twelfth place finish back at the 2016 year old. He’s six top five finishes here in these eight races and will be the primary danger to Martin this weekend. I feel both of these men will wear 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 among the contenders this weekend. There have only been two races where he didn’t lead any laps at this course and we have noticed the Penske teams have shown a great deal of speed this year. I would also mention he and teammate, Joey Logano, operate well here from the Xfinity show too.
Joey Logano: Joey is still searching for his first Cup win here, but has finished in the top ten in five of the last six starts including a runner up finish in 2015. They may come out with a car that is equally as fast as the one they had in Michigan a few weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has finished sixth and seventh in his only two starts at this track and this is the type of monitor where he really shines. Plus he actually appears to operate better in nighttime races than he can daily races. The monitor should be a little cooler during the night and will have more traction which might give him the confidence to drive a bit harder in nighttime races.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin is also looking for his first win at Kentucky, but he’s 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 too many errors throughout the race and cost Kevin a great deal of track position which is actually important with how difficult it’s to pass this season using the new aero package.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan finished second in this race last year and is just another driver from the Penske stable. This group can find the business done on this type of track and need to have a lot of speed all weekend. If he can turn his luck around just a tiny bit he can find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two decades ago and he’s having more bad luck this season than Ryan Blaney. This team seems to have a fantastic car at the start of the race, but then something happens to them around the trail or in the pits to shoot them from contention and they end up fighting al race long to gain track position. One of these weeks things will come together with this group.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has five top ten finishes in his eight starts at this course and has been running well all season. They have run towards the front of the pack in a great deal of races this year and should only get better as the season progresses. I seem him to have a fast car once more this weekend and also to operate in the top ten for much of the race.
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