The final race in Round 2 of the MENCS Playoffs is here and some of the biggest names in the sport find themselves in a must win situation. This should be a great race Sunday. We should expect the 12 playoff teams to bring their best cars to the track this week and provide some great racing. The Hollywood Casino 400 can be seen Sunday at 2pm ET on NBC.
2 Playoff Drivers
The two best drivers for this race should be Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. Both drivers were very fast on the long runs and it was not even close. Harvick and Busch have won 6 of the 8 races on the 1.5-mile tracks this season. They should score a lot of stage points and compete for the win Sunday.
2 Non-Playoff Drivers
My two Non-Playoff Drivers will be two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin posted fast speeds and practice and they should be the best Non-Playoff Drivers in the Hollywood Casino 400. Jones has been very consistent on the 1.5-mile tracks this season and Hamlin performs well when he has no pressure on him. The No. 20 and No. 11 should both finish in the top 10 and score stage points.
I trust Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch more than I trust Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin so I will be using a Non-Playoff Driver for my Garage spot. Kansas Speedway is the best track for Paul Menard and he looks fast again this week. He finished 6th in the May race at Kansas. Menard posted the 5th fastest speed in final practice. I like having him on the team just in case Hamlin decides to speed down pit row like he tends to do.
Playoff Driver: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch
Non-Playoff Driver: Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones
Garage Driver: Paul Menard
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Winning Manufacturer: Ford
Good luck this week!
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