Race: Hollywood Casino 400
Date: October 24th @ 3:00pm
Venue: Kansas Speedway
2020 Winner: Joey Logano (2:53:43)
Track: Kansas Speedway
Built in 1999, this 1.5 mile tri-oval asphalt track has been hosting two races annually since 2011. The track’s distance and shape mimic Charlotte and Las Vegas most closely. The turns hold a 17-20 degree tilt, the front stretch is 9-11 and the backstretch is 5 degrees. This track hosts a number of events including two NASCAR Cup series, an Xfinity series, a Camping World Truck Series and a ARCA Menards series. This track hosted the first races for Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.
Kevin Harvick (ninth selection this year) – Kevin’s last six races at Kansas: 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 13th, 9th and 1st. Kevin has finished in the top 10 in six of the seven playoff races. The feud between Elliott and Harvick appears to be lighting a fire under Harvick since Bristol, with some solid playoff performances excluding the accident two weeks ago at Charlotte.
Brad Keslowski (ninth selection this year) — Brad has top 10 finishes here the last three times. He has top 10 finishes in three of his last four playoff races. Since being on the brink of elimination a few weeks back, he has stepped up to a new gear.
High Risk/High Reward
Denny Hamlin (eighth selection this year) — Denny Hamlin has two wins here over the last two years, but unfortunately when not winning he has finished outside the top 10 each time. He has nothing but top 12 finishes in the playoffs.
Chase Elliott (ninth selection this year) Chase has just one top 10 finish across his last three playoff races. Chase has nothing but top 12 finishes at Kansas dating back to 2018.
The Dark Horse
William Byron (ninth selection this year) In 2019, William averaged a 13th place finish at Kansas. In 2020, he averaged a 9th place finish and earlier this year he finished 3rd. The playoffs have not fared well for him as he has just two top 10 finishes across seven races.
Favorite: Average Finish 14th (36th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Average Finish 17th (43rd Percent)
Dark Horse: Average Finish 18th (47th Percent)