Danica Patrick – Danica Patrick has done relatively well at high-speed intermediate tracks this season. In three of the four races she’s finished between 16th and 19th. Texas is the most recent track of the same length visited and at that venue she finished 16th and had a 17th place average running position. Last spring at Kansas Danica Patrick arguably had her best performance of the season. She started in 9th, had a 10th place average running position, finished 7th and earned the 7th best driver rating. Her car was fast and her finish was the real deal. Last fall at Kansas she wasn’t as strong but she did finish 16th. In her Kansas races prior to 2014 she was pretty bad here. In her three races before 2014 she had a 33.3 average finish, 33.0 average running position and the 34th best driver rating over that stretch.
Erik Jones – On Saturday night in the Kansas SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Erik Jones will be making his Sprint Cup debut. He raced at Bristol but technically that doesn’t count since he didn’t start the race. As of now this is his only scheduled start. Kyle Busch could potentially return as soon as the Coca Cola 600 according to some speculation so this could be his only start of the season. In the most recent 1.5 mile track race in the Xfinity series at Texas Jones started on the pole and finished 1st. His other finishes in the lower series at high-speed intermediate tracks this season were results of 13th (Atlanta), 29th (Las Vegas, crash), and 3rd (Auto Club).
David Ragan – David Ragan will be making his #55 MWR debut at Kansas. I think his fantasy value will likely be between the mid-teens and the mid-twenties. From an allocation perspective it’s probably not a good week to use him. It will take time for him to get acclimated with his new team and if you’ve been heavy on allocations with him this season this isn’t the week to pick him again. Kansas has not been a friendly track for Ragan. Since the Kansas reconfiguration his average finish is 30.2.
Justin Allgaier – Justin Allgaier has been in the last three Kansas races and things haven’t been pretty. Between his three events he has a best result of 36th and a 38.7 average finish. In all three of his races he’s wrecked and between them he’s completed 50.6 percent of the laps. Last year his results were finishes of 36th and 41st. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks minus Texas where he wrecked he has a 21st place average finish.
Ty Dillon – Ty Dillon is scheduled to race the #33 at Kansas. His car will likely be 100% RCR prepared. In NASCAR’s top series he has one start under his belt at an intermediate track and that was a 25th place finish last fall at Atlanta. This season in NASCAR’s top series he’s made one start and finished 28th at Daytona. In 2014 in the lower series at Kansas Dillon won the pole and finished 5th.