The MENCS competes at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night in the Quaker State 400. The cream usually rises to the top at the 1.5-mile tracks so I decided to fill my lineup with the stars this week. There will be plenty of races to save allocations throughout the summer. This is not one of them.
Martin Truex Jr. (7): Truex enters the race Saturday night as the defending race winner and he has more momentum than any other driver in the sport. Truex has an average finishing position of 4.2 in the last seven races. That includes two trips to Victory Lane and three finishes in second-place. The No. 78 team has recaptured their 2017 form and Truex will be a serious threat to win the race Saturday night. Truex will start from the pole Saturday night.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kevin Harvick 2) Martin Truex Jr. 3) Kyle Busch 4) Brad Keselowski 5) Denny Hamlin 6) Kyle Larson 7) Joey Logano 8) Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones (7): Jones will enter the race Saturday night with a lot of momentum. People often say, “The hardest race to win in NASCAR is your first race.” Jones has the talent to win multiple races and maybe getting to Victory Lane for the first time will give him the extra boost he needs to finish up front each week. Jones has only competed in one MENCS race at Kentucky and he finished sixth. He also has three finishes in the top five at Kentucky in the Xfinity Series. Jones has an average finishing position of 9.2 on the 1.5-mile tracks this season. He was fast in every practice and he starts 2nd Saturday night.
Clint Bowyer (3): I am not going to focus on past results at Kentucky for Bowyer. He never had cars as fast as what he has been driving this season. Bowyer has been fighting Kyle Larson for the driver who will join the Big Three (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.) in Homestead. Bowyer has a 10.3 average finishing position on the 1.5-mile tracks this season. I really like him because the No. 14 car keeps getting better each week. If any driver beats the Big Three to Victory Lane this week it should be Bowyer.
Group B Rankings: 1) Erik Jones 2) Ryan Blaney 3) Clint Bowyer 4) Kurt Busch 5) Aric Almirola 6) Chase Elliott 7) Paul Menard 8) Jamie McMurray
Darrell Wallace Jr. (8): Wallace drove the No. 43 car for Aric Almirola at Kentucky last year. He qualified 17th and finished 11th. I would gladly take an 11th-place finish from Bubba Saturday night. The No. 43 car looked pretty good in practice. Wallace was 6th fastest in final practice. He did not qualify too well but I think he can still move up in the race Saturday night.
Group C Rankings: 1) Alex Bowman 2) Darrell Wallace Jr. 3) William Byron 3) Chris Buescher 4) Michael McDowell 5) David Ragan
Good luck this week!
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