5 Favorites For Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Kansas

The final race of the second round is upon us, as just eight of the current 12 eligible playoff drivers, will be left with championship hopes when the checkered flag flies in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at the Kansas Speedway. With that being said, here are the top five drivers to beat in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

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Can Ford and Chevrolet Compete With Toyota At Kansas This Weekend

We already know that the Toyota drivers are going to be strong this weekend at the Kansas Speedway. It’s another 1.5-mile track and already the competition is saying that their Toyota counterparts are the ones to obviously beat. Rightfully so too. Toyota drivers have won the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on intermediate tracks and six of the nine overall. Plus, they’ve also dominated the laps led category on them too. On these types of circuits, Toyota drivers have combined to lead 3,036 laps in 2017, compared…

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Blaney Takes Huge Qualifying Penalty, Will Start Last In 40th For Sunday’s Race at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – Heading into this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN), Ryan Blaney had all the confidence in the world. While Blaney didn’t finish where he was hoping for at Talladega last weekend, he still garnered enough stage points, including a stage two win, as he’s ahead of the cutoff line in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. With Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway being the cutoff race of the second round, Blaney is in a good position. Blaney, started on the pole and led 83…

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Truex Earns Pole For Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN)

Kansas City, KS – Two weeks ago, Martin Truex Jr. won the opening race of the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. By virtue of his win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Truex is automatically into the Round of 8. So, it doesn’t matter what he does in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN), he’s already moving onto the next round. But, Truex is a competitor. He would love nothing less than to keep another major contender from advancing onto the Round of 8. 

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Kansas Likely To Feature Playoff Winner, Finish In Regulation, See Winner Come From Up Front

Last week I wrote the complete opposite of what I’m about to write about this week. Last week, I wrote how the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway could easily have been won by a non playoff driver and also end in overtime. If not for a late red flag, both could have been true. This week, I’m changing my tune. This week, trends show that the Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at the Kansas Speedway not only will be won by one of the…

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Bowyer Looking For Win at Hometown Track, Says Win Here Just As Big As Daytona

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Kansas Speedway this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). It’s the last race of the second round of the Cup playoffs, meaning this Sunday’s race has a ton of importance on it. But, for one driver, this weekend’s race on the 1.5-mile track is as meaningful as any other on the 36 race schedule. For Clint Bowyer, he’d love nothing more than to win a Cup race at Kansas. The reason? It’s his home track. Bowyer, 38, grew…

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Charlotte “Roval” Test Met With Mixed Reviews, Including Race Distance That May Be Way Too Long

Four drivers took to the new Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval” this week as part of a two-day test. NASCAR and Goodyear were both looking for feedback on this test in preparation for next year’s Bank of America 500k. But, the test led to some mixed feedback from the drivers that participated. Kurt Busch was one of the drivers to participate in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. The Daytona 500 champion said that the track to him was definitely needing some changes to the layout and that the slower speeds in the…

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