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Another challenging race to see this past weekend with a wreck taking out almost half of the area then rain shortening the race along with the triumph going to Justin Haley in just his third start at this level. The win doesn’t do anything for the playoffs as Justin isn’t input for points in this collection. Only a bit of money for his team along with a nice trophy and some thing to tell his grandchildren someday.
This week the drivers visit the Kentucky Speedway for another Saturday night tilt. This is just another of the mile and a half tracks on the circuit that the Gibbs and Penske drivers have experienced lots of success with this year. I don’t see much changing in that respect this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has swept everything here the previous two years winning both races and all four phases, plus sitting on the front in both of those races also. I think we are going to want to keep him on our roster this weekend once again and I predict that he will once more win this particular race.
Kyle Busch: Kyle’s worst end here in his eight starts in a twelfth place finish back at the 2016 year old. He has six top five finishes here in those eight races and will be the main danger to Martin this weekend. I feel these two men will wear a pretty good show for us this weekend.
Brad Keselowski: Brad leads all drivers with three wins within his eight starts and will be another of the contenders this weekend. There have only been two races where he didn’t lead any laps at this course and we’ve seen the Penske teams have proven a great deal of speed this season. I would also mention that he and teammate, Joey Logano, run well here from the Xfinity show also.
Joey Logano: Joey is still searching for his first Cup win here, but has finished in the top ten in five of his final six starts including a runner up finish in 2015. They may come out with a car that’s equally as quickly as the one they had in Michigan a few weeks ago. Keep your eye on him this weekend.
Erik Jones: Erik has finished sixth and seventh in his only two starts at this course and this is the sort of monitor where he really excels. Plus he really appears to operate better in nighttime races than he can daily races. The track needs to be a little cooler during the night and will have more grip which might provide him the confidence to drive a bit more challenging in night races.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin is also searching for his first win at Kentucky, but he has never finished worse than sixteenth here and can be on a series of six straight top ten finishes. His pit team still seems to be the significant concern for this team as they make a lot of errors throughout the race and cost Kevin a lot of track position which is really important with how hard it is to pass this year using all the new aero package.
Ryan Blaney: Ryan finished second in this race last season and is just another motorist in the Penske stable. This group can get the business done on this type of track and should have a lot of speed . If he could turn his luck around just a tiny bit he could find himself in victory lane this weekend.
Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second here two decades ago and he’s having more bad luck this season than Ryan Blaney. This team seems to have a good car at the beginning of the race, but then something happens to them around the track or at the pits to shoot them out of contention and they end up fighting al race long to gain track position. One of these weeks things will come together with this team.
Kurt Busch: Kurt has five top ten finishes in his eight starts at this course and has been running well all season. They have run towards the front of the pack in a great deal of races this year and should only get better as the season progresses. I look him to have a speedy car once again this weekend and also to operate at the top ten for much of the race.

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