Beat The Experts: Quaker State 400 At Kentucky


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kentucky for some Saturday night racing. This week is the last week there will be a race on a 1.5 mile track until the Chase so for some drivers good at those tracks, it could be their last decent chance to lock in a Chase spot. Jeff Gordon has a chance to make history this week because Kentucky is the only track he hasn’t won at. If Gordon gets the win, he will become the first driver in NASCAR history to win at every track.

Take a look at a few picks from the BTF staff:

John Harlow – Kyle Busch – Despite already winning once this season, Busch needs to get into the top 30 pinpoints and he currently sits over 100 points out. He needs to win!

Brian Thornsburg – Brad Keselowski – He has won before and even has a pole at the track. This could be his and Team Penske’s rebound from a lackluster season.

Mike Hutton – Tony Stewart – I believe the reduced downforce with the one-off rules package this weekend will make cars feel like they have more horsepower, which is what Stewart wants, but hasn’t been getting with the car so far this season.

Christopher Olmstead – Jeff Gordon – It’s Jeff Gordon time folks! Gordon has never won at this track but in four starts he has a top-five and an average finish of 7th. In what should have been an historical final season for Gordon, 2015 has been a bit lackluster up until this point. Saturday night Gordon and the No. 24 team are going to change all of that with a win. It’s also worth noting that Gordon is closing in on 25,000 laps led in his career and he could hit that milestone this weekend with a dominant performance.

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Joseph Shelton – Kevin Harvick – He’s overdue for his third win of 2015. He’s gone to Victory Lane in Xfinity at Kentucky, so he knows how to win there. With his momentum in 2015, I think he can get it done.

Cole Mentzel – Jeff Gordon – Qualifying was rained out again this weekend so Jeff Gordon will start third. He had a good run at Daytona last week and I think he he will make history this week.

Marco Venosta – Brad Keselowski – Keselowski will win at his best track, Kentucky. He has already won there and could turn his season from good to superb starting at this track.

Underdog of the Weekend – Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has one win at Kentucky. Though he isn’t great at 1.5 mile tracks, he is someone to watch for this weekend.

Kentucky is relatively new to the Sprint Cup Series so, unless someone has raced in the Xfinity Series in the past, they won’t have too much experience at this track, not to mention the fact that there’s only one Kentucky race per season. Every week, we’re inching closer and closer to the Chase, so each race becomes more vital. It’s been a rainy week in Kentucky, meaning there could be more delays like last week, which could make things a lot more interesting.

Can You Beat The Experts?

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