The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series blows into Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400. Brian Brown took a look at past performances, season trends, and spoke with NASCAR contacts to predict how the field should finish on Saturday.
When: Saturday, May 7; 7:46 p.m./et.
Weather: Partly sunny with a high around 85; wind out of the SW at 15 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of precipitation on race day.
The Track: KansasSpeedway
Kansasis a 1.5 mile quad-oval. It has 15 degree banking in the corners and 10 degree banking in the tri-oval and five degree banking on the straight-aways.
Key to Race: KANSAS NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY 1.5 MILER
Kansas is the fourth 1.5 mile oval we have seen so far this season. Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch have won the previous three races this season on 1.5 mile layouts. All three drivers will be fast again this weekend.
40 cars will attempt to qualify for 40 spots.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson has been the top driver at Kansas since it opened. He has 16 top 10 finishes in 19 career starts at the track. He will be fast again.
No. 4 Kevin Harvick: Harvick finished second at Kansas last spring and has been terrific on 1.5 mile the past two years. He should finish inside the top two.
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Busch’s best career finish at Kansas is third, but he was terrific this year at Texas. He could take the checkers this weekend.
No. 22 Joey Logano: Logano won at Kansas last fall. He will be a serious threat to win on Saturday.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin usually brings a very fast sled to Kansas. He could notch his second career victory at the track this weekend.
6 to 10
No. 20 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth dominated the spring 2013 race at Kansas and he has had one of the top cars at Kansas in the last 12 races. He is someone to keep an eye on this weekend.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski won at Kansas in the spring of 2011 and is great on 1.5 mile ovals. He is a terrific option.
No. 41 Kurt Busch: Busch finished inside the top eight in both races at Kansas last year. He is worth using in all leagues.
No. 19 Carl Edwards: Edwards loves Kansas and his results prove it. He has top 10 finishes in 11 of the last 16 races at his home-track. He is a great pick.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior usually doesn’t do much at Kansas, but he finished third last spring. He is a top 10 choice.
11 to 20
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex Jr. led 95 laps at Kansas last spring. He is a great second driver.
No. 24 Chase Elliott: Elliott won’t have any issues in his first Cup run at Kansas. He will easily crack the top 15.
No. 5 Kasey Kahne: Kahne has finished in the top eight in six of the last nine races at Kansas. He is an interesting pick this weekend.
No. 42 Kyle Larson: Larson has two top 10 finishes in four career starts at Kansas. He is a nice option.
No. 31 Ryan Newman: Newman’s past trips to Kansas define hit-or-miss. He has eight top 11 finishes and 12 finishes of 15th or worse at the track. We think he will be back inside the top 15 this visit.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has been very good the past month of this season. He is a nice third driver in most leagues.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle won the 2007 and 2010 races at Kansas. This is finally a decent week to sneak ol’No. 16 onto your roster.
No. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has had one of the top cars at Kansas the past nine years.
No. 3 Austin Dillon: Dillon has notched one top 10 finish in five career starts at Kansas. He is a decent option.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Ricky has finished inside the top 24 the past four trips to Kansas.
21 to 30
No. 27 Paul Menard
No. 43 Aric Almirola
No. 15 Clint Bowyer
No. 21 Ryan Blaney
No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger
No. 13 Casey Mears
No. 6 Trevor Bayne
No. 10 Danica Patrick
No. 44 Brian Scott
No. 7 Regan Smith
No. 38 Landon Cassill
No. 98 Cole Whitt
No. 95 Michael McDowell
No. 83 Matt DiBenedetto
No. 34 Chris Buescher
No. 23 David Ragan
No. 30 Josh Wise
No. 55 Reed Sorenson
No. 46 Michal Annett
No. 32 Joey Gase
My NASCAR LIVE Team for this Week:
Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
B. Carl Edwards
C. Ryan Blaney