5 drivers who can win at Kansas Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 (FS1, 7 p.m. ET) and if it’s anything like the last race here, it ought to be one heck of a street fight.

Last fall, of course, Joey Logano won in the closing laps by putting a fender to leader Matt Kenseth and spinning his Toyota out, triggering bad blood between the two that continues to this day.

In racing as in wrestling, hate is great, and the ill will between the two has made headlines across the country.

Kenseth v. Logano will be one of the big stories here this weekend, but it won’t be the only one, certainly. We’ll also be paying close attention to who will win.

With that in mind, here are five drivers with a good shot at victory in Kansas under the Saturday night lights:


5. JOEY LOGANO — Not only did Logano win here last year, he has two victories and five top fives in his last five Kansas starts. His average finish during that period is 3.00, with a worst finish of fifth. Yeah, Logano will figure into the mix, for sure.

4. CARL EDWARDS — After a pretty good first year with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, Edwards and crew chief Dave Rogers have upped their collective games in 2016, posting two victories already. Edwards has two Kansas wins to his credit and second-best average finish here of 10.588.

3. JIMMIE JOHNSON — The six-time Sprint Cup champion is tied with his former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most Kansas wins with three and is the defending winner of this event. The Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets have been a little behind the Joe Gibbs Toyotas, but Johnson is always a threat here, where his average finish is a series-best 8.737.

2. MATT KENSETH — At some point, Kenseth’s rotten luck has to change and what better place than Kansas, where he got spun out while leading last year? Kenseth has two victories and six top fives here, where he’s led 655 laps, tops among active drivers.

1. KEVIN HARVICK — The 2014 Sprint Cup champion has one victory,  two runner-up finishes and has led 392 laps in the last five Kansas races. The Stewart-Haas Racing team has a strong 1.5-mile program and this could be Harvick’s weekend to join the 2016 multiple-wins club.