Kevin Harvick – Harvick has finished in the top eleven in five of the last six races at Kansas. He’s been impressive in this span and in a few of these races he could’ve had even better finishes but pit crew problems were a detriment. Last year at Kansas Harvick finished 6th and 11th. The high line comes into play at Kansas and Harvick is an elite driver up on the top groove.
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski is the defending champion of the STP 400. You can’t say he had the best car last year but you could say he mastered fuel mileage conservation. In the Kansas Chase race he finished 3rd and had a 7th place average running position. One area of concern is his present engine situation on intermediate tracks. He’s had problems in two of the three races and in the one race he didn’t they only raced past halfway.
Clint Bowyer – It could be argued Clint Bowyer really won the 2007 race at Kansas. The #15 team is starting to mesh and their improving. Kansas is his home track and I think he’ll have a good performance in front of his fans. Since 2006 Bowyer has a 12th place average finish at Kansas. Last fall Bowyer finished 7th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Last spring Dale Earnhardt Jr. played the fuel mileage game and came home with a second place finish. Don’t be to fooled by his second place finish though. His average running position was actually 19th. Kansas has often proven troublesome for Junior but with the way he’s run this year I won’t be holding that against him to much in the STP 400.
Kasey Kahne – Kahne has had horrendous luck on the track this year and for that very reason you should be careful about considering him this week. Last fall he finished second and gave Jimmie Johnson a run for his money late. If your fantasy league rewards qualifying points Kahne is a must for your team. I can predict he’ll be good but no one can predict if anything will happen to him.
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