What: Quaker State 400
When: July 9th
Where: Kentucky Speedway
2016 Winner: Brad Keslowski
Track: Kentucky Speedway. Opened in 2000, this 1.5 mile asphalt tri-oval speedway hosts the Quaker State 400 each year for the Monster Energy Cup Series. It has 4 turns with the first two at a 17 degree banking and the last two at a 14 degree banking. Side note - I don't feel like this race gets a ton of notoriety but I really enjoy the optics of the course and racing on it, tends to be a competitive consumer oriented race.
Brad Keslowski. Winner here last year and was having a strong push of 3 top 20 finishes before falling among the many accidents at Daytona last week and finishing 31st. I think a bounce back is coming this week at Kentucky
B Drivers: - A good race to avoid Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, they don't have a good track record here.
Jamie McMurray. Solid outings this season with top 15 finishes in 10 of his last 11 races. Furthermore, he has a good history here with a 7th place finish last year and 14th place in 2015.
Trevor Bayne. 11th last year and 13th in 2015. A few rough starts with back to back starts above 20 but this is a good rebound race for him.
Daniel Suarez. Again - pacing out my Erik Jones / Daniel Suarez starts, I have more starts left with Daniel and they seem to go back and forth each race (last 3 - Erik topped Daniel at Michigan, Daniel topped Erik at Sonoma and then they flipped again at Daytona).
David Ragan. 22nd place last year, 18th place in 2015 and 22nd in 2014. In addition to all of this he had a 6th place finish in the accident rampant Daytona race last week.
Year to date stats:
A Drivers: Avg Finish 12th (35th percentile)
B Drivers: Avg Finish 13th (38th percentile)
C Drivers: Avg Finish 17th (47th percentile)
Dark Horse Drivers: Avg Finish 20th (56th percentile)