2019 Kansas Speedway, Digital Ally 400

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

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Joey Logano

Dark Horse: Alex Bowman

Stay Away From: Ryan Newman

Big 18: Ryan Blaney

59 thoughts on “2019 Kansas Speedway, Digital Ally 400

  1. I like your A and B drivers for this week and I’m guessing u have the #3 for hopefully qualifying points since they will be back running the new areo package???

    1. Dillon’s been pretty good this year and we are going to need him a few times before the end.

      1. We gonna need a lot of good B and C driver picks before the end. That’s were you either Winn your league or lose it,I think it always comes down to not having the hot B driver left at the end is what I’ve come to find out.

    1. How much “weight” do you give past years driver/track averages/statistics considering the recent changes made with aero packages, qualifying, etc.? I personally enjoy analyzing statistics so they’re usually a big part of my lineup decisions in all fantasy games, but with the changes is this method a mistake when it comes to NASCAR this year..?

      1. I think this new package is so different from the past you have to look at how drivers did on similar tracks this season.

  2. I would just like to thank you. Not only for the game itself, but for the all the info you give out. It’s my 1st year here and I did not join until the 3rd race so I am learning as I go. I am really enjoying trying to figure out how to play and I plan on doing even better next year !! Thanks again, Karen Hines/Drayka.

    1. Thank you for the post. Hope we are helping and if there is anything you have questions on I will try to answer them for you.

    2. I really enjoy playing ! It gives you something to root for beyond your favorite driver. I have played all types of fantasy sports, since the late 80’s. Fantasy Racing is by far, the hardest. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but accidents happen every week ! Lol. Keep playing and having a good time, Karen.

  3. Any comment on Tyler Reddick for this week. Has two top 5 at Kansas in Xfinity series. Also David Ragan has an avg 16 finish and three lead lap finishes over the last four races at Kansas

    1. I don’t like using drivers that don’t have an experienced crew chief or pit crew in this series. It is few and far between that any of them have a decent finish. Most of them are just trying to gain experience and make as many laps as they can without getting into trouble. As for Ragan, this is a different rules package than in years past. He hasn’t shown me anything on the other intermediate tracks yet this year, but you have to use some other drivers in the C group throughout the year. Put him on your roster and see how he does in qualifying and practice.

  4. 1 or 88? You mention the 88 as a Dark horse! Is that from his finishes the past 2 weeks? The 1 has a better average? Who do you like better between the 2? Thanks! Whoever I decide will start off as my garage driver! these are my line ups in 3 leagues
    19 18 4 2 9 G-1
    19 18 4 12 22 G-1
    18 22 4 2 11 G-19

  5. Love your advice sir! I’m weak at C drivers. Could you please break down the C’s for us folks that need help?!?! Thank you very much sir! 🏁

    1. You basically have 3 drivers that might do something from week to week in Buescher, DiBenedetto, and Dillon. After that its a crap shoot. Ragan and McDowell are going to have experience, Hemric is on a pretty good team and should improve through the year and Preece might be okay on the short flat tracks and maybe on the road courses.

  6. Thank you, Jeff Gutowski, for the weekly projections ! I used to write features and do weekly football player rankings for Fantasy CPR, several years ago. So, I know the time and effort that is put into your page. As a fan, I am a frustrated, disgruntled fan of Bubba Wallace. I also root for Cole Custer and Jennifer Jo Cobb in the other series. Thanks again, keep up the good work !

    1. I should have scrolled down more he is mentioned right here. Meaning Darrell “Bubba” Wallace

    2. BTW, Jeff L I too root for Cole Custer. I started ever since John H. Nemechek drove him into the wall on the final lap at the Canadian Tire Road Course.

    1. No, I think the Roush teams have found more speed this year. I think he should have a shot on all the intermediate tracks as long as he doesn’t tick off too many of the other drivers.

  7. Hi Jeff, love the advice really helpful. I play in a league that allows me to pick 7 cars with no limit on how many times I can pick a number so this week I’m looking at this line up.
    2-4-10-12-18-19-22
    Would you replace any these and if so who would you replace them with?

    Thanks again for the insightful articles.

  8. First of all I’d just like to thank you and your compadres for the many hours you’ve spent on the site. This site & DGG alone are what made me become a NASCAR fan. I had never even watched a race until last year.
    WWJD – What Would Jeff Do
    #22 or #18
    #10, #12, #88, #1 – pick 2
    #95 or #37

    1. You are welcome Morty and welcome to fantasy racing. I go with the 18, 10, and toss up between the 95 and 37. Go with your gut on that one.

  9. Jeff the 4 fords at the top looks dominant in qualifying and practice and even 10 lap averages, do you expect it to go any different in the race?

    Im in a big 18 league where you can only pick 1 driver per half of the season.
    Ive got 18, 10, 2, 1,24,3 and some others left for the next 7 races.
    I went with the 10 here what do you think?

  10. Haven’t heard much about the 41 at this track, he qualified 4th. Also have the 10,12 and 20 what do you think?

    1. Suarez has looked very good so far this year. I like the 10 and 12 today and I think Suarez will continue to improve and we can use him a little later.

  11. Thanks for all you do. I know you said in your preview Harvick been off a little. But after his showing in practice and qualifying, would you take him over truex? Vegas has Kyle Busch as the favorite. Tough choice who would you pick to win?

    1. Harvick has looked really good all weekend. The only problem I have with him is his pit crew making too many mistakes. Sooner or later he is going to break through and you have to stick with him when he has been as good as he has in both practices and qualifying. Stick with Harvick this week.

  12. Elliot, Truex, Logano, Larson, Almirola and a few others being sent to the back. You still like #19 to win? Would you take Almirola out of your line up? Elliot? What are your thoughts?

    1. Truex started in the back last week and won, so I am sticking with him. The ones I might take out of my lineup are Larson and maybe Elliott.

  13. Will do thanks. You know though that since I mentioned harvick truex and Kyle Busch; watch logano or keselowski win 🤣

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