The monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will compete at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night. My picks survived Daytona for the most part. Now it is time to score big at a more predictable race.
I am going with a balanced lineup this week. My goal is to have 4 drivers finish each Stage in the top 10 and 4 drivers finish the race in the top 10.
Kyle Larson could not get his car to pass pre-qualifying inspection so he was unable to make a qualifying lap. He will start 40th and has a great shot to win the race. Larson had the fastest car in practice with the fastest 10-lap average speed. Larson MUST be on all teams this week.
The driver who has won the pole at the 1.5-mile tracks and the 2-mile ovals has led an average of 106.3 laps this season. Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night and I expect him to dominate this race. He needs a win bad and this is one of his best tracks.
Kurt Busch has never finished outside the top 10 at Kentucky. He starts 15th and his average finishing position at Kentucky is 5.1. The team said they hit on something at the end of the final practice. I expect Busch to finish each Stage in the top 10 and the race in the top 10.
Ryan Blaney was blazing fast in all practices Friday. He was 4th fastest in the first practice and 4th fastest in the final practice. Blaney said this tracks races like Texas. Blaney qualified 2nd and led 38 laps and finished 12th at Texas. He scored the 7th most points in Fantasy Live. I expect the same type of race from Blaney Saturday night. That is good value for $19.
Landon Cassill qualified 35th and that gives him value this week. He should move up 5 spots in the race and more if there is a big crash.
Here are my picks for the Quaker State 400…
Kyle Larson $27.75 (Starts 40th)
Kyle Busch $27.25 (Starts Pole)
Kurt Busch $20.25 (Starts 15th)
Ryan Blaney $19.00 (Starts 6th)
Landon Cassill $5.75 (Starts 35th)
PICK TO WIN: Kyle Busch
Good luck this week!
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