The second night race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is upon us. The drivers will take to the Kansas Speedway for a high speed race under the lights this weekend. Here are five drivers that will undoubtedly be favorites and five sleepers.
Favorites Category –
Martin Truex Jr.
He swept both Kansas races last year. He was strong in Vegas. He has led 95 or more laps in each of his last three spring race starts on the 1.5-mile track. Truex is an easy favorite for this weekend.
He won this race in 2016. He also has been the best driver in the series away from restrictor plate tracks in 2018. On top of that, Busch has six straight top 10 finishes at Kansas, three of which a fifth place run, another a third.
Busch’s No. 18 Toyota will be strong.
If he’s going to win this season, Kansas is the spot. Blaney, has four top seven finishes in his last five Kansas starts. He came home fourth in this race last year after leading 83 laps. He was third in the fall race.
Blaney will have his No. 12 Ford up front.
He has seven top 10 finishes in his last nine Kansas starts. He also has six top three finishes in those nine races. He’s led a ton of laps there and at a similar track in Vegas earlier this season, he swept all three stages in a dominating victory.
In six of his last nine Kansas starts, Logano finished inside the top five. Two of those were wins. He’s also led a ton of laps in his career at Kansas and has finished inside the top 10 in every race with the exception of one this season.
Sleepers Category –
He has four top 10 finishes in his last six Kansas starts including a runner-up last fall. His No. 41 Ford has had some speed this season and should be a contender on Saturday night. He has two straight top five finishes heading into this weekend.
How great of a story would it be if Almirola wins in the same race that injured him in last year? He could do it too. He finished ninth last fall and has had speed in his No. 10 Ford also.
He finished eighth in both races at Kansas in 2016. His No. 47 Chevrolet will remain quiet all weekend, so don’t be surprise to see him steal another top 10 this weekend.
He was 18th and sixth respectively in the two races at Kansas in 2017 and will have the same opportunity as his teammate Allmendinger this weekend. I like Buescher to contend too.
He finished sixth in each of the two races in 2016 at Kansas. His No. 3 Chevrolet has improved too. Last year, he started 11th in each race there. He will be strong this weekend.