Congratulations to Kevin Harvick who won his fourth race of the season at Dover this past Sunday when he took the lead from Clint Bowyer for good after a red flag for rain. Once again Kevin pretty much dominated this race and all of the Ford’s looked impressive. Kyle Larson failed pre-race inspection and had to start at the rear of the field and he never recovered from that penalty, while Kyle Busch had a vibration through the whole race which eventually led to him breaking his drive shaft even though he had a fast car until the mechanical failure.
KC MASTERPIECE 400
This week the series heads to the Kansas Speedway for another Saturday night race before taking a week off from points racing for the running of the All-Star race at Charlotte. Kansas Speedway is another of the mile-an-a-half tri-ovals that make up most of the Cup series. So far this season there are three drivers who have been consistently fast on this type of track and those are the ones we want on our roster this weekend. Those three drivers have also won the last four races here.
Kevin Harvick: With four wins under his belt already this season and having won here in the fall of 2016, Kevin is my pick to visit victory lane once again. Besides winning the race last weekend, Kevin also won both stages and picked up another seven playoff points. These proved to be invaluable to Martin Truex last season as he won his first championship. Kevin has finished in the top three at Kansas in six of his last nine starts. Put him on your roster again.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin swept the races here last season and has sat on the pole twice and started in the top ten in each of his last six starts here. He has also led around 460 laps during those six races, so we know that he knows how to get around this track. Look for him to battle with Harvick all night long for his second win of the season.
Kyle Busch: Not to be outdone by the first two drivers I have mentioned, Kyle has three wins on the season and won the spring race here in 2016. He also has finished in the top five in five of his last six starts here. I think the driver shaft issue they had at Dover was an anomaly and this team will be there to compete for the win with Kevin and Martin at the end of the race this weekend. One of these three drivers will win this race.
Ryan Blaney: In only six starts at this track, Ryan has three top five and four top ten finishes. He also sat on the pole for this race last season and led laps in both of the races here last year. We have seen how fast the Ford’s have been all season and it looks like Ryan should be even better this year than he was in previous seasons because he is on a more well funded team than he was in the past. Look for another top five finish for Ryan.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has been fast all year, he just hasn’t come away with the finishes he thinks he should have. That is because of how dominant some of the other drivers have been all season so far. Kurt has finished in the top ten in four of his last six races at Kansas including a second and a third place finish here. One of these races everything is going to fall into place for this team and they will be visiting victory lane.
Matt Kenseth: Matt is back to run some races in the #6 car for Roush/Fenway Racing for the rest of the season, splitting time with Trevor Bayne. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been fast all season, so the #6 should be fast too. I think Matt will be a good option right away this weekend in the B group. In his last five races here, Matt has started in the top three three times and has led 272 laps during those races. I think he makes improvements to this car right away.
Brad Keselowski: Brad finished second in this race last season and has shown speed all year so far. This team has come close to winning a few times already this year and should break into the win column pretty soon. Brad has finished in the top ten in four of his last six starts here and is one of the drivers who never gives up no matter how poorly his car is handling early in the race. I look for him to come away with another top ten finish this week.
Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie has been improving every week and it won’t be long before this team figures out what they need to do to get the Camaro into victory lane. Jimmie leads all active drivers with three wins and has seventeen top ten finishes in twenty-four starts at Kansas. We might want to wait a little longer before we start using him on our roster, but I think we will be using him before too long.
Clint Bowyer: Clint has been getting better and better every week too. I still think we want to save his starts for places like Martinsville, Richmond, and Loudon on the short flat tracks where he really excels. However, he is a driver you want to keep your eye on this weekend to see how much he is improving on the intermediate tracks and if it is going to be feasible to use him on this type of track later in the season.
Chase Elliott: Chase was the best of the Chevrolet drivers earlier this season, but he seems to have taken a small step backwards lately. Not that he has been bad, it’s just that he hasn’t made the gains we would like to see. Where Jimmie has been getting better, Chase has either stayed about the same or slowed down a little bit lately. This is the type of track where I would expect him to flourish and he still might as the season progresses, but we might want to wait to use his starts up until he starts to show a little more consistency.
DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR KANSAS SPEEDWAY
Driver Group Game Group A
- Kevin Harvick
- Martin Truex Jr.
Driver Group Game Group B
- Matt Kenseth
- Ryan Blaney
- Erik Jones
- Aric Almirola
Driver Group Game Group C
- William Byron
- Alex Bowman
MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
- Kevin Harvick
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Kyle Busch
- Ryan Blaney
- Brad Keselowski
Dark Horse: Ryan Blaney
Stay Away From: Joey Logano
Big 18: Ryan Blaney