The #5 driver to watch is a former winner here and he’s looking for a job, #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ricky found out a week ago that he would not be returning to Roush Fenway next year. His best chance for a great result before it’s over is right here where he has 12 starts, one win and five Top 5’s 42%. Four of his last six races have been Top 5’s. A major reason he is #1 here in average finish.

My #4 driver to watch has never won here, #1 Kurt Busch.  Kurt has 37 starts and eight Top 5’s. He is my #6 ranked super speedway track driver and he has been eliminated from Playoffs so points don’t matter so he can and will take risks.

My #3 pick is another former winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 27 starts, one win and six Top 5’s. He is #2 in points and 5th hottest over the last six races. Half of his last six races were Top 5’s. He has had an incredible knack of staying out of trouble where is all to easy to get caught in someone else’s bad decision.

My #2 driver to watch is the most recent winner here, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase had a horrific day in Dover, losing his motor early in the race. He is just hoping not to get caught up in a big wreck that can happen here and get taken out. Chase has seven starts, one win and three Top 5’s, 43%. That one win came in April and if he doesn’t wreck out or blow a motor he should finish Top 5.

My #1 driver to watch is currently outside the Top 8 and faces elimination after Kansas, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has three wins in 21 starts and 8 Top 5’s. He finished in the Top 5 in his last four starts half of his eight total Top 5’s. He is #3 rated on plate tracks and really needs a win or a huge points haul to miss getting cut next week.   

Monday look for our preview of the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway.