Race: Super Start Batteries 400
Date: July 23rd @ 2:30pm
Venue: Kansas Motor Speedway
2019 Winner: Brad Keslowski (3:06:09)
Kansas Speedway. Built in 1999, this 1.5 mile tri-oval asphalt track has been hosting two cup races annually since 2011. The turns hold a 17-20 degree tilt, the front stretch is 9-11 and the backstretch is 5 degrees. This track is middle of the pack in terms of distance, it’s tri-oval comparative tracks given that distance would be Kentucky Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (sixth selection this year) — Keselowski won the inaugural race here in 2011 and he won the most recent race here in 2019. He has now finished in the top 10 in three consecutive races.
Kevin Harvick (fifth selection this year) — Harvick looked great even in a car that was clearly having some braking issues at Texas. He’s finished in the top 5 in five consecutive races and he has top 10 finishes at Kansas in four of the last five years.
High Risk/High Reward
Chase Elliot (fourth selection this year) — Chase has now gone three consecutive races without a top 10 finish (most recently thanks to a failed inspection pushing him to the rear of the group). Beyond that, he’s had just one top ten finish in the last six races. Kansas is where he can turn this all around, as he’s finished top ten each of the last two years here. Here is the big question: In shape, Kansas closely resembles Kentucky (Chase was 23rd) and Vegas (Chase was 26th); however, in distance, Charlotte and Atlanta (Quad-oval vs. Tri-Ovals) are almost the same distance and at those tracks Chase was 2nd, 1st and 8th. Let’s hope that is the indicator here.
Tyler Reddick (fourth selection this year) — I’m cautious on this one as he had what I would interpret to be a devastating loss last week at Texas. He was in the lead with just a handful of laps to go and I thought we would see back to back rookie wins. With that said, he was a top 10 finisher at Kansas last year, he now has three consecutive top ten finishes and he is racing fantastic right now.
The Dark Horse
Chris Buescher (first selection this year) — He’s finished 12th here in two of the last three years, he likely won’t net a top 10 finish (he has two of those in the last six races) but there is a decent chance he’s a top 15 finisher.
Fun Fact: In 2015 – this race was sponsored by Nickelodeon and called the Spongebob Squarepants 400.
Favorite: Avg Finish 12th (29th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 18th (45th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 15th (37th Percent)