Tough break with the race being postponed this Sunday at Dover. This week’s race will be the last race before the All-Star weekend at Charlotte. I think the week at Charlotte will afford the teams a lot of practice time to try and get better at the mile and a half tracks. It should also let NASCAR look at what they could do to make the racing a little more interesting for the fans.
DIGITAL ALLY 400
This week the series heads to the Kansas Speedway for the running of the Digital Ally 400. As mentioned above, this in another of the intermediate tracks with the new aero package that are prevalent on the circuit. We know the Ford and Toyota teams have had a big advantage over the Bow Tie Brigade so far this season, but those teams made some headway at Texas about a month ago. Now we will see if that was a fluke or if they really have something cooking.
Martin Truex Jr.: I am going to pick Martin to win once again this weekend. He swept the races here in 2017 and then followed that up with a second place finish in this race last season and then came back and finished fifth here in the fall. This team has looked very good on this type of track so far this season and that should continue this week.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan has been very good here the past two seasons. He has qualified in the top five in three of those four starts and finished in the top ten in three of them also. He has scored points in each of the stages in those races and won two of those stages. We have seen how fast the Penske teams have been all year and this could be the place for him to pick up his first win of the season.
Kyle Busch: Kyle is on a streak of eight straight top ten starting positions and finishes including his only win at this track. He has been the cream of the crop so far this season and has even come back from penalties to challenge for wins. We can’t use him every week in the DGG league or we would probably have him in our starting lineup every week.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin has won two of the last five races at Kansas including this race last season. This team seems to be just slightly off with the new aero package, but they have been close. He has finished either first or second in six of his last eleven starts here too. It is going to be hard to decide which two of the Big Three to have on our roster this week.
Aric Almirola: Aric has finished in the top ten in each of his last three starts here and has been at his best all season. This team looks like they can contend for a championship this year if they keep improving. He is another driver where we have to pick and choose where we want to start him as we will use all of his starts by the end of the season.
Chase Elliott: Chase has run better here in the fall than they have in the spring race. Chase won the fall race last year and has scored points in each of the stages in the fall races. In his last two spring races, Chase hasn’t scored any points in the stages. At this point of the season I am going to keep him off my roster for now and see how this team progresses on this type of track.
Joey Logano: Joey has been very good here since the fall of 2013. Since that time he has won twice at this track and has seven top five finishes. That is in only eleven races. We have already talked about how fast the Penske drivers have been all season and they have an excellent shot at picking up another win for Team Penske.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished in the top five in both of his starts here last year and won the second stage in this race. This team has struggled mightily so far this season with the new rules package and I’m not sure if I want to take a chance on him at this stage of the season. I think they will get better as the year progresses, so we will leave him off our roster this week.
Denny Hamlin: Denny is driver who has been up and down at this track in his career. With already having won this year this team might be working on a few things for the playoffs as this track and a bunch more like it come during those playoffs. I really think this team is dialed in on the short flat tracks and those are the places we should use him.
Erik Jones: Erik has been very good here during his short career and finished in the top ten in both races last season. He has also scored points here in six of the last eight stages that have been run. Opposite of Denny, Erik seems to be better on these intermediate tracks than he is on the short tracks. He could be a good option this week.
DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR KANSAS SPEEDWAY
Driver Group Game Group A
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Kevin Harvick
Driver Group Game Group B
- Ryan Blaney
- Aric Almirola
- Erik Jones
- Austin Dillon
Driver Group Game Group C
- Chris Buescher
- Michael McDowell
MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Ryan Blaney
- Kevin Harvick
- Kyle Busch
- Joey Logano
Dark Horse: Alex Bowman
Stay Away From: Ryan Newman
Big 18: Ryan Blaney