Welcome to Kansas!
After the high banks and high speeds of Talladega, the NASCAR circuit heads back to the type of track that dominates the schedule these days. This week it is the 1.5 mile Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400.
Talladega was a total crapshoot but Kansas brings back the predictability that we need to build a strong lineup.
This week laps led and dominator points could be the difference between having a great weekend and just a cashing one. Let’s get started on building that winner!
Kyle Busch ($9400)– Kyle is at the top of my draft board because no driver has been better there over the last two seasons in terms of Avg. finish. A win and two fifth place finishes make Busch as solid a pick as any for the core of any lineup. At under $10 grand, Kyle could be considered a bit underpriced this week.
Kevin Harvick ($10,400)– Harvick is a bit pricey but worth every penny. In the last two years at Kansas, Harvick has finished no worse than second three times with one win. Harvick’s ownership numbers could be so high this week that a fade could be the smart play but I would not risk the loss of dominator points.
Martin Truex ($9,700)– If you fade Busch or Harvick, Truex is the obvious pivot. He has led a full quarter of the laps run at Kansas over the last four races run there.
Other top-tier drivers to consider: Keselowski, Logano, and Kenseth.
The mid-tier grouping is a bit more wide open but there are some solid picks to be made here as well. For the purposes of the article, I will define mid-tier as priced at $9000 to $7000.
Clint Bowyer ($8600)– Bowyer’s career resurgence continues and I don’t see it slowing at Kansas. Kansas is Bowyer’s home track so the motivation will be there for a good finish. Bowyer ran well on the west coast swing earlier in the year finishing third at Auto Club Speedway. A top ten finish should be in the works for Bowyer at Kansas.
Ryan Blaney ($8,000)– Blaney has had an up and down year, but on the intermediate tracks like that it has been up. Blaney ran well at Texas, Auto Club, and Las Vegas. It can’t be discounted he is in Penske equipment either.
Jamie McMurray ($8100)– McMurray’s been one of the most consistent drivers on track in 2017. He has run well on all forms of track and at his price, he is a steal.
Others to consider: Kurt Busch, Newman, Jones, Stenhouse
The low-tier this week is slim pickings indeed.
Aric Almirola ($6400)– is my only pick from the low end this week. Almirola is looking for his third straight top ten finish.
There you have it, my picks for the week. There is so much talent at the mid-tier level, there is not much need for dumpster diving this week. I tried a different format this week giving more opinions than just spouting numbers. Let me know which you like the best! Drop me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let your opinion count.
Good luck all!!