The Cup Series hits Kansas Speedway for the AdventHealth 400. Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile asphalt oval and the drivers will turn 267 laps to complete the 400 miles. Since 2001 the Cup Series has been racing here and Kyle Larson is the defending winner after running in a dominant fashion leading 130 of the 267 laps last year. I’ll be looking at two dominators for each tournament lineup as history has shown that typically two drivers lead the bulk of the laps with an occasional third car making some noise.
Most comparable tracks: Michigan, Las Vegas
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Kyle Larson ($11,100), Starting 3rd
When considering dominators in this race Larson is the first driver I want to look at. The driver of the 5-car has led at least 60 laps in each of his last three races at Kansas including 130 or more in each of the last two. It’s been anything but an easy season for Larson but with a win under his belt, he can afford to be a little aggressive while figuring out all of his variables. With a good starting position, I expect Larson to be up front soon than later.
Martin Truex ($10,900), Starting 9th
Starting sort in no-man land at ninth, Truex, a two-time winner here is sort of a tweener as he has some p.d. points available while also having a chance to get upfront early if he gets a break or two. Truex is a play for me mainly because I think he could win the race and he’s a solid ownership pivot off of Denny Hamlin ($10,200, starting 18th).
Joey Logano, ($9,600), Starting 34th
The sage continues between Logano and William Byron after last weeks theatrics which led to Logano shoving Byron up the track en route to a win at Darlington. Fast forward to this week and Logano is still talking about this nonsense while potentially being the highest owned driver in this race. Logano has won three times at Kansas in 25 career starts with eight total top-five finishes. It’s typically been all or nothing here for Logano as with those three wins have come four DNF’s and four completed races with a 20th-place finish or worse. There’s a ton of p.d. at hand for Logano making him an attractive floor play.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ($6,800)
Down in this range there are two drivers with a ton of p.d. available – Stenhouse and Chris Buescher ($6,700), Starting 35th). Both are viable as cash plays Luck hasn’t been on Stenhouse’s side here at Kansas of late but he has made up a ton of p.d. in his last two races at tough tracks with second-place and eighth-place finishes.
Chase Elliott ($10,900), Starting 14th
Elliott is obviously a contender to win any race as soon as he gets into a car and he’s been riding high of late with p5, p1, p7, and p8 finishes in his last four races. In his last three races at Kansas Elliott has p2, p5, and p6 finishes. With an average finish of 9.8, Elliott has p.d. available if he just has a solid race but he has the upside to do more than that.
Chris Buescher ($6,700), Starting 35h
Chase Briscoe ($8,100), Starting 13th
Erik Jones ($7,700), Starting 22nd
Brad Keselowski ($7,400), Starting 30th