After a couple weeks on short tracks and then a wild one at the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the 1.5-mile tracks with the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Check out the five drivers who we’ll have an eye when the green flag drops Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
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Busch’s comments after Talladega drew a lot of ire as he said he wanted to head to a “real racetrack”. With an average finish of 18.44 at Kansas Speedway, it doesn’t look like this is what he was talking about on the surface, but he won this race last year and has posted three straight top-five finishes at Kansas.
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Could we have our second straight first-time winner coming from the pole? Blaney hopes to make that a reality one week after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won from the pole at Talladega. He’s had bad luck in recent weeks but Blaney has looked good at the 1.5-mile tracks this season.
Harvick has two wins at Kansas, but they’ve both coming during the day race in the playoffs, including last year’s event. He’s had a fast Ford so far this weekend and still looks for his first win of the season.
With two wins at Kansas, Kenseth looks to end his bad luck streak and get Joe Gibbs Racing its first win of the season. He’ll roll off 14th in what will be his 625th career Cup Series start.
Once again Johnson failed to post a qualifying lap at a 1.5-mile track. He won at Texas Motor Speedway, the last time he did that. With 11 other drivers failing to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, he’ll only start 29th, which isn’t too bad of a spot for the seven-time champion.