Super Start Batteries 400- 7/23/20 Nascar Cup Series Picks, Odds, and Prediction
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Super Start Batteries 400
7/23/2020 7:30pm EST
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The Nascar Cup will make a rare mid-week visit to the Kansas Speedway Thursday evening for the Super Start Batteries 400. Kansas is a 1.5 mile, D shaped oval very similar to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Kentucky. The Cup Series will race 267 laps to make up the 400 mile distance to complete the Super Start Batteries 400. We didn’t find victory lane at Texas last Sunday, so let’s get back on the winning track.
Here are a 5 drivers to consider for Super Start Batteries 400.
Kevin Harvick +420- Harvick finished 5th this past Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin had the 2nd best driver rating at the Texas race on Sunday of 116.1, and led 40 laps. Harvick has the best average driver rating of 118.7 over the last 6 races at Kansas Speedway, with 1 trip to victory lane. Harvick was in contention for the win at Kentucky a couple of weeks ago, and we should see him in a similar spot at Kansas Speedway on Thursday.
Chase Elliott+650- After failing prerace tech on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Chase came from the back to capture a 12 place finish. Chase had a top 5 car at Texas, but pit cycles and other challenges prevented a contention for the win. Elliott continues to have one of the fastest cars in the Cup garage, he just needs to put the finishes together in the final stages. Chase won the 2018 playoff race here at Kansas Speedway, and I have faith he can win on Thursday evening.
Martin Truex +700- Truex has the best average finish at Kansas Speedway over the last 6 races of 5.67th place. In the same 6 races at Kansas, Truex has 4 top 5’s including 2 victories. 2019 wasn’t the best for Truex, as he had finishes of 19th and 6th. Unsure of how Truex would perform at Kentucky after failing prerace tech inspection, he ran though the field quickly. I expect Truex and team to unload a fast race car at Kansas on Thursday evening, and will consider some action in.
Ryan Blaney +1000- Blaney dominated the race at Texas back on Sunday, and somehow didn’t come out with a win. Blaney finished outside of the top 20 in both races at Kansas in 2019. Looking at the last 6 races at Kansas however, Blaney has the 4th best average driver rating of 102.3. Even with 1 DNF in the last 6 races, Blaney has been one of the best at Kansas. Blaney should have a fast car again at Kansas on Thursday evening, consider sprinkling in a little action.
Kurt Busch +3100- Kurt is my long shot to win at Kansas on Thursday. Over the last 6 races at Kansas Speedway, Kurt has the 5th best average finish of 9.67, including 4 top 10 finishes. Kurt finished 7th in the 2019 spring race at Kansas, and had the 3rd best passing quality percentage of 67.4%. Kurt finished 4th in the 2019 fall race, after starting in the 15th position. Kurt finished 5th at Kentucky 2 races ago, and he could be in position to win here at Kansas in primetime on Thursday evening.