RACE PREVIEW

 

ky 13QUAKER STATE 400
KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
July 14th, 7:30 PM Charlotte Time NBCSN TV
1 ½ Mile, 17 Degrees of Banking turns 1 &2, 14 Degrees of Banking turns 3 &4

For 17 years NASCAR has been running races at Kentucky Speedway. The Camping World Truck series and the Xfinity series have both run here, and we saw the Sprint cars debut here seven years ago. Of the Monster Energy cup races run here so far, two of the four winners had won here previously in another series, so it does appear experience on this track is beneficial. Kyle Busch #18, William Byron #24 and Ty Dillion #13 have won here in the Truck series. Kevin Harvick #4, Joey Logano #22, Austin Dillon #3, Ryan Blaney #21, Kyle Busch #18, and Brad Keselowski #2, have won here in the Xfinity series. Kyle Busch has won here in both series. Does that mean those are the only drivers who can win come Saturday? Not really, but it does give those drivers a bit of confidence going into the race. The two drivers to keep an eye on will be Kyle Busch who won here in ALL three series, twice in the truck series, two times in the Xfinity series and twice here in Cup, and Brad Keselowski who has three Cup wins and three Xfinity series wins.  What will happen this year? Well we really don’t know because the entire track has been repaved two years ago. In addition turns 1 & 2 have seen the banking increased from 14 degrees to 17 degrees and the width lessened by 18 feet. Look for faster speeds on the backstretch and more mayhem on turns 3&4. Will we see a new name in victory lane like Matt Kenseth #20 in 2013 or Martin Truex #78 in 2017, or a repeat winner? We’ll find out Saturday night.

Tuesday look for our top 10 drivers on tracks similar to this one, in advance of the Quaker State 400.

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