Driver Group Game Picks for Kansas

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NASCAR travels to Kansas Speedway this week and they will have their “condensed schedule.” The Cup Series did not practice until Saturday evening and then they will race Sunday afternoon. NASCAR uses this schedule so the drivers do not need to leave North Carolina until Saturday morning and they can be home Sunday night.

The Cup Series had their normal practice session at Kansas Speedway. The teams had 20-minutes to shake down their cars before they lined up for qualifying. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs, so we should have enough data to work with to make some good picks for Sunday’s race.

Here is my starting lineup for the Advent Health 400

 

KYLE LARSON (6): The most similar track to Kansas Speedway is Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larson smoked the field in Sin City. He led 181 laps and went to Victory Lane. He also finished 4th, 2nd, 8th, 2nd and 1st in his last five races at Kansas. Larson looks fast again this week. The No. 5 car posted the fastest speed on the long runs in practice and qualified 4th for the race. I will use another allocation with Larson Sunday.

 

TYLER REDDICK (6): Reddick finished 9th in this race last year and then he came back to Kansas in September and won the race. Reddick also finished 2nd at Las Vegas and 4th at Texas this year (no driver has a better average finishing position on the 1.5-mile tracks this year). The No. 45 car looked good on the track Saturday. Reddick posted the fastest speed in practice and qualified 15th for the race. I am not worried about the starting spot for Reddick. He will ride the wall to the front. Reddick has been a beast on tracks similar to Kansas, so I will use an allocation with the No. 45 car Sunday.

ROSS CHASTAIN (7): Chastain is at his best on the 1.5-mile tracks. He finished 4th earlier this year at Las Vegas and he finished 13th, 5th, 7th and 7th in his four races at Kansas in the Gen-7 car. The No. 1 car looks fast again this weekend. Chastain posted the 12th fastest speed and qualified 2nd for the race. Track position is going to be important Sunday and Chastain has it. I entered the season with the plan of playing Chastain at the intermediate tracks. I will stick to the plan Sunday at Kansas.

 

NOAH GRAGSON (8): Gragson has been the best driver in Group C on the intermediate tracks this season and that will not change at Kansas. Gragson finished 6th last week at Dover and 6thearlier this year at Las Vegas. The No. 10 car posted the 4th fastest speed in practice and qualified 3rd for the race. I will take a chance with Gragson at Kansas Sunday.

 

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