Saturday’s Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series contested at the Kentucky Speedway. Out of the first seven of races on the 1.5-mile track, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have combined to win five of them. As we sit here today, I wouldn’t be shocked if they push that number to six.
First off, you have to look at Busch as the favorite.
Since last July, he’s won nine Cup Series races. No one has won more. On 1.5-mile tracks this season, Busch has scored three wins and a runner-up in six starts including a win at Chicagoland just two weeks ago. Plus, if you take restrictor plate tracks out of the equation this year, Busch has finished in the top 10 in 14 of 15 tries.
At Kentucky in general, Busch has won twice in seven chances. He’s also completed literally every lap. Furthermore, he led 125 laps in 2011, 118 laps i 2012, 163 laps in 2015 and 112 laps just last year.
Keselowski, well he’s been just as strong. He’s led 483 laps at Kentucky, second to Busch’s 549. Trends say this is the year Keselowski will win. He won in 2012, 2014, 2016 and now 2018?
He hasn’t had the most speed this season but does have four top 10 finishes in six tries on 1.5-mile tracks.
With the stats of these two, want to pick against them?