Super Start Batteries 400 Preview

 

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Kansas on Thursday night for the Super Start Batteries 400. With no NASCAR race on Sunday, this will be the last time the drivers are on the track until August 2. Kevin Harvick comes in as the top-rated driver according to Dunkel after finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th in his last three races. A solid stretch by other standards, but disappointing for him after winning two of the previous three races. Martin Truex Jr ran only 29th at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday and Dunkel will be looking for a bounce back performance in Kansas, where he took both races back in 2017. Truex Jr finished second at Kentucky three races ago and that’s where Dunkel has him pegged in this one.  Rounding out the Top 3 is Chase Elliott. Elliott slipped a little from his All-Star Race win in Bristol with a 12th place finish at Texas. But he’s had three straight Top-4 finishes at Kansas so this track looks to be suited for a strong run on Thursday. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Here is Dunkel’s projected finish for the entire Kansas lineup. Driver ratings are based on past performance.

1 K. Harvick 47.124
2 M. Truex Jr 55.535
3 C. Elliott 56.358
4 B. Keselowski 56.694
5 A. Almirola 57.390
6 D. Hamlin 59.191
7 Kyle Busch 59.313
8 Kurt Busch 60.585
9 J. Logano 61.030
10 M. Kenseth 62.330
11 T. Reddick 62.749
12 M. McDowell 62.925
13 C. Custer 63.071
14 R. Blaney 63.729
15 M. DiBenedetto 63.896
16 C. Bowyer 64.383
17 C. Bell 64.383
18 E. Jones 64.856
19 B. Wallace 65.699
20 J. Johnson 65.829
21 W. Byron 66.835
22 J. Nemechek 67.375
23 R. Newman 67.784
24 T. Dillon 67.879
25 C. Buescher 68.503
26 A. Bowman 68.585
27 R. Sorenson 68.750
28 A. Dillon 70.812
29 C. Lajoie 71.422
30 R. Stenhouse Jr 72.686
31 D. Suarez 72.850
32 R. Preece 75.813
33 JJ Yeley 77.467
34 B. Poole 79.247
35 J. Bilicki 81.765
36 Q. Houff 82.532
37 G. Smithley 82.616
38 J. Gase 83.049
39 T. Hill 83.361
40 BJ McLeod 87.484