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The Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series returns Kansas Speedway for race three of the 2nd round of Playoffs. Kansas is a 1.5 mile fast tri-oval race track that’s the Cup Series’ youngest track, having it’s debut race in 2001. Kansas shares similar characteristics to Las Vegas and Chicagoland, but having raced these tracks on the NASCAR Thunder series, they all race a little bit different. Kansas is the cut-off race in round two of the playoffs meaning the top eight drivers will advance into round three. After last week’s chaotic race at Talladega, many drivers are desperate to make up for last week’s poor finishes.
Just like each NASCAR DFS race, my picks are separated into three stages, my All Stars, Solid Performers, and Sleepers. Drivers, let’s start your money making engines!
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- Kyle Busch ($10,300): It’s the last race of the 2nd round of the playoffs and Kyle Busch hasn’t clinched his spot into the 3rd round! Kansas couldn’t have come at a better time! In his last four Kansas starts, Kyle Busch’s average finish is 4th, including a win and a worst finish of 5th! Kyle Busch has also led 128 laps total in those starts. Kyle Busch currently ranks 9th in points, but is only seven points behind fifth place Jimmie Johnson per NASCAR.com’s Playoff standings.
- Kevin Harvick ($9,600): Looking for a value amongst the All-Star drivers? Harvick’s stats at Kansas in his last five races are nearly identical to Kyle Busch’s and Harvick has a salary that’s $700 cheaper! Harvick’s average finish is 4.8 with one win and 158 laps led. Leaning toward Harvick as your lead driver could provide more depth to your lineup on drivers three through six.
- Matt Kenseth ($9,000): Disclaimer: Kenseth is my favorite driver, however, since I’m now a grown adult and not 13 anymore, if Kenseth has a rough day on the track, it no longer ruins my weekend. That being said; Kenseth’s success at Kansas compared to his salary is hard to ignore. Kenseth is fourth among drivers with four or more starts in average finish of 9th. Kenseth has also led a whopping 273 laps! Kenseth is 10th in the Playoff standings, only trailing 8th place by eight points. Kenseth was involved in one of the wrecks last week, however his team kept his damaged car in the race and he was able to salvage a solid finish while others were in the garage.
- Ryan Blaney ($8,500): In only his 2nd full time Cup season, Blaney has lived up to the hype of being one of NASCAR’s future stars. Blaney scored his 1st win earlier this season at Pocono for the famous Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford. Blaney is looking at Kansas has a site for his 2nd win and his ticket to the 3rd round of the playoffs. In his four career starts at Kansas, Blaney has an average finish of 7.8 with a worst finish of 14th! Blaney sits 7th in points, only eight points ahead of 9th place.
- Kurt Busch ($8,100): Kurt Busch is becoming a regular in my Solid Performers category, if only his results of the last two races showed how well he preformed. At Talladega, Kurt Busch was running top ten most of the day until a late wreck caused him to not finish. At Charlotte, while running third, Kurt Busch got loose and spun out with five laps to go! We will roll with Kurt Busch again with his average finish of 9.8 in his last five races.
- Kasey Kahne ($8,200): Kahne is making his second appearance in my weekly picks! Kahne has an average finish of 12.4 with a worst finish of only 17th. With only a few races left on the season, Kah e only has so many races in top tier equipment before he moves to the smaller Leaving Family Racing #95 next season.
- Daniel Suarez ($7,400): If Suarez made the Playoffs, he could be pointing his way into the Final 4 race at Homestead! Suarez is putting together top 10 after top 10. At his Lome start earlier this year, Suarez finished 7th! Look out for another solid top 10 performance.
- A.J. Allmendinger ($6,400): It’s surprising to see “The Dinger” show up in my picks when it isn’t a road course race, but A.J. could very well secure a top 15 to round up your team. A.J. has an average finish of 17.4 and runs for the competitive JTG Racing who has an affiliation with the famous Richard Childress Racing. A.J.’s stats favor him over other drivers in his salary range such as Trevor Bayne, Chris Buescher, and Danica Patrick.
Good luck this week and let’s make some money before we hit round 3 of the Playoffs. You can follow me on Twitter @ScottYoungLV and please shoot me any questions or comments.
My picks last week yielded my second consecutive win from one of my All-Stars, however many of my picks were involved in many of the accidents toward the end of the race:
- Brad Keselowski: 1st
- Joey Logano: 4th
- Aric Almirola: 5th (Sleeper Pick)
- Paul Menard: 12th
- Matt Kenseth: 14th
- Kurt Busch: 25th (DNF – Accident)
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 26th (DNF – Accident)
- Kyle Busch: 27th (DNF-Accident)
- Michael McDowell: 30th (DNF-ACCIDENT)
*All driver stats are referenced from DriverAverages.com