The second restrictor plate race is in the books and it kind of reminded me of the Tour De France. All of the manufacturers drivers stuck together to draft and only made moves to pass when the wanted to take spots away or to gain stage points. The big wrecks were a part of the overall race once again too.
BUSCHY MCBUSCH RACE
This week the series heads to the Kansas Speedway and the running of the Buschy McBusch Race. Kansas Speedway is another of the cookie cutter mile and a half tracks on the circuit. So far this season the Hendrick teams have looks like the dominant teams on this type of track. So, we’ll most likely want to stick with those drivers in our lineup this weekend.
Chase Elliott: I’m going to go with Chase to pick up his first win of the season as one of the Hendrick drivers who should be good once again this weekend. It’s time for last year’s champion to visit victory lane and punch his ticket for the playoffs. He has one win and has finished in the top twelve in each of his last seven starts here.
Kyle Larson: Kyle is looking for his first win at this track, but has run very well in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports. This is one of those tracks where he can run either on the top like he likes or on the bottom depending on how well his car handles. I look for him to have another very good run this weekend.
Alex Bowman: I think this might be the week where Alex gets back to running as well as the rest of his teammates. This is one of his favorite tracks and he has finished in the top three in two of his last four starts at Kansas. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him run away with this race similar to what William Byron did at Homestead-Miami earlier this year.
William Byron: Speaking of William, he should have a great shot at winning here this week too. There is no reason to think that his win at Homestead was a fluke as he dominated the final stage of that race. I look for all of the Hendrick drivers to lend some stiff competition to the rest of the field this week.
Denny Hamlin: Denny won this race last year and is looking for his first win of the season to get himself squared away for the playoffs. I mentioned last week that some drivers will start pushing a bit more if they don’t have a win on the year. Everyone wants that win to secure a spot in the playoffs before the final race before they start so they don’t have to worry about pointing themselves in.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin had been dominant on a couple of short tracks this season being the only driver with multiple wins thus far this year. He usually runs very well on this type of track and has seven top ten finishes in his last eight starts at this track including back to back wins in the 2017 season.
Kevin Harvick: Another driver looking for his first win of the year, Kevin doesn’t seem like someone who’ll get rattled as we get closer to the playoffs. I’m sure this team has had meetings trying to figure out what they need to do to be a little faster and they know that sooner or later everything will land right if they just keep doing what they do best.
Brad Keselowski: Last week’s winner has been fairly good at Kansas lately coming away with four top six finishes in his last five starts including a win in this race two years ago. Now that they have a win to their credit this season they can take chances they might not take otherwise to get Brad into a position to compete for another win at Kansas.
Joey Logano: Joey won the fall race here last year and should be able to bring a similar setup this weekend and could be pretty fast right from the git go. The only issue I see here is that Joey isn’t real consistent at this track only having three top ten finishes in his last eight starts. I think there are better tracks to use Joey at and all of the Penske teams will get better as the season progresses.
DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR INSERT TRACK NAME
Driver Group Game Group A
- Chase Elliott
Driver Group Game Group B
- Alex Bowman
- William Byron
Driver Group Game Group C
- Chase Briscoe
MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT INSERT TRACK NAME
- Chase Elliott
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Kyle Larson
- Denny Hamlin
- Alex Bowman
Dark Horse: Erik Jones
Stay Away From: Chris Buescher
Big 18: Alex Bowman