Another tough race to watch this past weekend using a mess taking out almost half of the area then rain shortening the race and the triumph visiting Justin Haley in just his third start at this level. The win does not do anything for the playoffs since Justin isn’t input for things in this series. Just a bit of money 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 just another of this mile and a half tracks on the circuit that the Gibbs and Penske drivers have had lots of success on this season. I don’t see much in that respect this weekend .
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has pretty much swept everything here the last two years winning both races and all four stages, plus sitting on front row in both of these races also. I think we will need to keep him on our roster this weekend once again and I predict he will once again win this race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst end 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 primary danger to Martin this weekend. I feel these two men will put on a pretty good show for us this weekend.
Brad Keselowski: Brad leads all drivers with three wins within his eight starts and will be among those contenders this weekend. There have only been two races where he didn’t lead any laps in this course and we’ve seen the Penske teams have shown a lot of speed this season. I would also mention that he and teammate, Joey Logano, operate very well here from the Xfinity series also.
Joey Logano: Joey is still looking for his first Cup win , but has finished in the top ten in five of the final six starts including a runner up finish in 2015. They may come out with a car that is equally as quickly as the one they had in Michigan a couple weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has finished sixth and seventh in his only two starts at this course and this is the sort of track where he really excels. Plus he actually seems to run better in night races than he can daily races. The monitor needs to be a little cooler at night and will have more grip and that might give him the confidence to drive a little more challenging in night 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 team still seems to be the significant concern for this team as they create a lot of errors during the race and cost Kevin a great deal of track position which is actually important with how hard it is to pass this season using all the new aero package.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan finished second in this race last year and is another motorist from the Penske stable. This team can get the business done on this form of track and should have a great deal of speed all weekend. If he can turn his luck around a little bit he could find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two decades back and he is getting more bad luck this year than Ryan Blaney. This team seems to have a fantastic car at the beginning of the race, but then something happens to them on the track or at the pits to take them out of contention and they wind up fighting al race long to get track position. One of those 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 lot of races this season and should only get better as the season progresses. I seem him to have a speedy car once more this weekend and to operate at the top ten for much of the race.
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