Another tough race to watch this past weekend with a wreck taking out nearly half of the field and then rain shortening the race and the triumph going to Justin Haley in only his third start at the level. The win does not do anything for the playoffs since Justin isn’t entered for things within this collection. Only a bit of money for his team along with a nice trophy and some thing to tell his grandparents.
QUAKER STATE 400
This week the drivers head to the Kentucky Speedway for the following Saturday night tilt. This is just another of the mile and a half tracks on the circuit the Gibbs and Penske drivers have experienced lots of success with this year. I don’t see much in that respect this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has pretty much swept everything here the previous two years winning both races and all four phases, and sitting on front row in both of those races also. I think we will want to keep him on our roster this weekend once more and I predict he will once more win this race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst finish here in his eight starts in a twelfth place finish back in the 2016 year old. He has six top five finishes here in these eight races and will be the main danger to Martin this weekend. I feel these two men will wear a fairly good show for us .
Brad Keselowski: Brad leads all drivers with three wins within his eight starts and will be among the contenders this weekend. There have only been two races where he didn’t lead any laps at this track and we have noticed the Penske teams have shown a lot of speed this year. I would also mention that he and teammate, Joey Logano, run very well here in the Xfinity show also.
Joey Logano: Joey is still searching 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 vehicle that is just as fast as the one that they had in Michigan a couple weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has completed sixth and seventh in his only two starts at this track and this is the type of monitor where he really shines. Plus he actually appears to run better in nighttime races than he does daily races. The track needs to be a little cooler during the night and will have more traction and that might give him the confidence to drive a little harder in night races.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin is also searching for his first win at Kentucky, but he’s never finished worse than sixteenth here and is on a streak of six straight top ten finishes. His pit crew still looks like the major concern for this team as they create a lot of errors during the race and cost Kevin a lot of track position that’s actually important with how difficult it is to pass this season using the new aero package.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan finished second in this race last season and is just another driver from the Penske stable. This group can get the job done on this type of track and should have a great deal of speed . If he can turn his luck around just a tiny bit he could find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two years back and he’s getting more bad luck this season than Ryan Blaney. This team seems to have a good car at the start of the race, but something happens to them on the trail or at the pits to take them out of contention and they end up fighting al race long to gain track position. One of these weeks things will come together for this group.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has five top ten finishes in his eight starts at this track and has been operating well all season. They have run towards the front of the package in a great deal of races this year and should only get better as the season progresses. I look him to have a speedy car once more this weekend and to operate in the top ten for much of the race.
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