Another challenging race to see this past weekend using a wreck taking out almost half of the area and then rain shortening the race along with the win visiting Justin Haley in only his third start at the level. The win does not do anything for the playoffs since Justin isn’t entered for points in this collection. Only a little money for his team along with a great trophy and some thing to tell his grandchildren someday.
QUAKER STATE 400
This week the drivers head to the Kentucky Speedway for the following Saturday night tilt. This is just another of this mile and a half tracks on the circuit the Gibbs and Penske drivers have experienced a lot of success on this season. I don’t see much changing in that regard this weekend .
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has swept everything here the previous two years winning both races and all four stages, plus sitting on the front row in both of these races also. I believe we will want to keep him on our roster this weekend once again and I predict that he will once again win this race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst finish here in his eight starts in a twelfth place finish back at the 2016 year old. 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 fairly excellent show for us .
Brad Keselowski: Brad leads all drivers with three wins within his eight starts and will be another of those contenders this weekend. There have only been two races in which he did not lead any laps in this course and we’ve noticed the Penske teams have proven a lot of speed this year. I might also mention that he and teammate, Joey Logano, run very well here in 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 his last six starts including a runner up finish in 2015. They might come out with a car that is equally as fast as the one they had in Michigan a couple weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has completed sixth and seventh in his only two starts at this course and that is the sort of track where he really excels. Plus he really appears to operate better in nighttime races than he does daily 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 more challenging in night races.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin is also searching for his first win at Kentucky, but he’s never finished worse than sixteenth here and is on a series of six straight top ten finishes. His pit team still seems to be the significant concern for this group as they create too many mistakes throughout the race and cost Kevin a great deal of track position that’s really important with how difficult it’s to pass this season 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 find the job done on this form of track and should have a great deal of speed . If he can turn his luck around just a little bit he could find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two years back and he is having more bad luck this season than Ryan Blaney. This group appears to have a good car at the start of the race, but then something happens to them on the track or at the pits to shoot them out of contention and they end up fighting al race to get track position. One of these weeks things will come together for this group.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has five top ten finishes in his eight starts at this track and has been running well all season. They have run towards the front of the package in a great deal of races this season and should just get better as the year progresses. I seem him to have a fast car once again this weekend and to run in the top ten for much of the race.
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