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The Monster Energy Series heads to Sparta, Kentucky for another Saturday Night race at the Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 race. Last week, at the Coke Zero 400 at the hollowed grounds of the Daytona International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. beat out Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard to score his 2nd big win of the season for Roush Fenway Racing. Some restrictor plate big names such as Dale Earhnardt Jr and Brad Keselowski made early exits and did not finish the race, paving the way for Stenhouse to steal the victory.
Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5 mile oval intermediate track, similar to the Las Vegas Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
My Top 5 Drivers for the Quaker State 400
Brad Keselowski($10,100): Keselowski could be the highest owned driver this week. He is a monster at this track with three wins, three Top 5’s, and five Top 10’s. He has led the most laps at this track among active drivers.
Kyle Busch($10,200): Kyle Busch also is a dominating force at this track with the number one ranking in driver rating at Kentucky. He is also a big finisher here with two wins, four Top 5’s, and five Top 10 finishers. He starts in the pole position this week and could easily get the most Laps Lead this week.
Matt Kenseth($9,100): This week, the big news is that Matt Kenseth will not return to Joe Gibbs Racing next year, so he will be looking for his next ride. Expect Kenseth to run hard in this race to try to show that he deserves a spot on someone’s team next year(Maybe Hendrick Motorsports with Kahne and Earnhardt not returning?). Kentucky is a great track for Kenseth as is his average finish here is the best with a 5.17 score, tied with teammate Kyle Busch. He won the race in 2013, and has three Top 5’s, and six Top 10 finishes.
Kevin Harvick($9,800): Harvick won the pole last year, but ended up finishing 9th after leading 128 laps in the race. He has finished in the Top 10 in the last four races at Kentucky. His average finish is 10.17 at Kentucky, which is 5th among the active drivers.
Kyle Larson($10,000): Larson is still on top of the championship standings and had the fastest car in the final practice. While he has finished poorly overall here, he did win the pole position in 2015. He is a safe cash pick as he is still on top of his game.
Kurt Busch($8,100): Kurt Busch is a savvy veteran and runs well at this track. His average finish at this track is 10.00, which is fourth among all active drivers. Last year, he finished fourth after qualifying in the 3rd position. He starts 15th, which gives him some place differential upside as I expect him to be a Top 10 if not Top 5 finisher.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.($7,400): This is purely a momentum pick. Stenhouse has run really well in the past month, and is coming off a huge Daytona win last week. His two wins this year have been a huge surprise and I like his value at $7,400.