So here we are, getting set for a Saturday Night Special for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We are getting ready to see an exciting show under the lights, from the heartland of this great country. Kansas Speedway has played host to some great racing, brilliant pit strategy, and for the first time ever, we turn on the lights tonight for NASCAR’s top series. Practice and qualifying gave us some Stewart Haas Racing dominance. In particular, the Freaky Fast Jimmy John’s Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick destroyed the competition in knockout qualifying. Harvick won here from the pole last time we visited this oval. In fact, the last two Sprint Cup races here were won from the pole. (Matt Kenseth won this race last season)
The announcers are heavily promoting that this is a home race for Clint Bowyer, but we also can’t forget this is also the home track for Carl Edwards. Two very popular drivers who aren’t afraid to put it all out there for the win. This track has been wide open for competition in the 16 races here. Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson each have two wins here. Four races have been won from the pole, and five have been won from the front row. That is good news for Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. Both of those drivers have had little trouble finding Victory Lane, as they each have two wins. Only two of the 16 races have been won from outside the top-20 qualifying positions. It is not impossible to win from the back here, but it is also not impossible to be caught up in someone else’s mess on the first few laps. Example one would be last night’s truck race. The race could never get any sense of a rhythm and was difficult to watch because no one could seem to get a handle on the track. It all sets up for a wild night in Kansas. I’m picking Matt Kenseth to get his first win of the season.
So tune on in to Fox on the television, and KORN Country on the radio. Hey, it’s time to go racing.