1) Kevin Harvick (Starting – 1st)
Kansas Fantasy Spin – Kevin Harvick will be the driver to beat at Kansas. He’s been the class of the field at 1.5 mile tracks this year and he’s a super-elite performer at Kansas. At Kansas, Kevin Harvick has consistently performed well and in 6 of the last 9 races he’s finished in the top 3. Over that nine race stretch he has the best driver rating, the best average finish (5.2), the best average running position (5.3) and has led the most laps (513). Last year in both races he was extremely competitive and was a top three contender. This season at 1.5 mile tracks which translate to success nobody has been better than Harvick. He raced his way to victory lane in dominate fashion at both Las Vegas and Atlanta, and at Texas if he didn’t have problems on pit road he likely would’ve won there there too (finished 2nd and led 87 laps). In Happy Hour, Harvick had a fast car and his ten lap average ranked as the 6th best. On Saturday night I would look for Harvick to finish in the top five and be a serious threat to win.
Kansas Track History – Kevin Harvick is a two-time winner at Kansas who’s consistently performed at a high-level. Since fall 2013 all of his results outside the top 3 are misleading results. That should tell you just how good he is here. Last fall Kevin Harvick was 3rd place good but finished a misleading 8th. In that race he was burned by a caution that came out shortly after he pitted while running in 3rd which put him back in the pack. From the race it should be noted he finished 2nd in Stage #1, 2nd in Stage #2, earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 37 laps. Last spring Harvick had a strong showing. He finished 3rd, earned the 4th best driver rating and had an 8th place average running position. In fall 2016 Kevin Harvick raced his way to victory lane. In the race he earned the best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position and led 74 laps. In spring 2016 he had a great performance. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position.
DraftKings $11,700 / FanDuel $13,500
2) Kyle Busch (Starting – 3rd)
Kansas Fantasy Spin – Kyle Busch is a recent Kansas winner who should be on your short list of favorites. He’s been strong at Kansas and over his last six races he’s been top five good, “Performance Wise.” Over those six combined races he has a 4.8 average finish and a 6.2 average running position. Last year at Kansas he was extremely competitive in both races. This year at 1.5 mile tracks Kyle Busch has been impressive and over the three combined races his average finish is 3.3. Texas is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and he finished 1st there and led 116 laps. Las Vegas is the most similar track raced at and he finished runner-up. In Practice Kyle Busch had a good car and his fifteen lap average ranked as the best. On Saturday night I would look for Busch to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Kansas Track History – Kyle Busch has thrived at Kansas in recent races. Last fall he was likely 2nd place good but he finished a misleading 10th after getting burned by a caution during the pit cycle which put him back in the field. Prior to pitting he was running in 2nd. Additionally it should be noted he won Stage #1, finished 5th Stage #2, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led a race high 112 laps. Last spring he had a good performance. He finished 5th, had a 4th place average running position, earned the 3rd best driver rating and led 59 laps. In fall 2016 he was also strong. When the checkered flag waved he finished 5th and earned the 5th best driver rating. In spring 2016 he raced his way to victory lane. In addition to finishing first he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 69 laps. In the two races prior to that he finished 3rd and 5th.
DraftKings $11,200 / FanDuel $12,200
3) Ryan Blaney (Starting – 2nd)
Kansas Fantasy Spin – Ryan Blaney will be a factor at Kansas. He’s run extremely well here and has finished in the top seven in 4 of the last 5 races. Last year he started first in the spring, last in the fall, and in both races he finished in the top 4. This year in the combined races at 1.5 mile tracks which translate to success he has a 7.3 average finish. Las Vegas and Texas are the last two 1.5 mile tracks visited and he finished 5th in both races. On Saturday night I would look for Blaney to finish in the top ten and compete for a top five.
Kansas Track History – Ryan Blaney has excelled at Kansas. Over the last five combined Kansas races he has a 6.6 average finish, an 8.2 average running position and the 4th best driver rating. Last fall Blaney started in 40th but charged his way up through the field. When the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, earned the 4th best driver rating and had a 7th place average running position. Additionally he finished 4th in Stage #1 (used some pit strategy) and 8th in Stage #2. Last spring Blaney had his best Kansas performance. In that race he finished 4th and led 83 laps. Additionally he finished 3rd in Stage #1, and won Stage #2. In fall 2016 he was respectable. He finished 14th and had a 15th place average running position. In the two races prior to that he had results of 5th and 7th.
DraftKings $8,800 / FanDuel $11,500