After a wreck-filled race at Daytona, NASCAR heads to the north for another blockbuster weekend race with the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
The 2017 Quaker State 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled for this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 18th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The race will be live televised on DSPORT on Sunday, from 4:30 am.
It’s the sixth time this season the Cup Series is headed to a 1.5-mile track. Brad Keselowski has won a track-record of three of the races held at Kentucky, including last year’s race. He will race for a fourth career win at Kentucky in Sunday’s Quaker State 400
The Quaker State 400 is a key stop on the Monster Energy Series calendar and two drivers that have had success at Kentucky Speedway are Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Both are looking to lock in a playoff spot with a victory this weekend.
Here are the five drivers to look for the weekend race:
Keselowski has led the most laps overall with 483 of a possible 1,602 and will try to clinch his fourth Quaker State 400 on Sunday. He has finished 7th in 2011 and 6th in 2015 races. He has only finished one race out of the top ten at this track.
With 5.2 average finish at Kentucky, Kyle is tied for the best in the series. Busch has two wins at Kentucky (2011 & 2015) and has completed all 1,602 laps. He’s finished among the top five in four of the six Kentucky races, with his worst finish of 12th last year. Busch has led 437 laps at Kentucky, second only to Keselowski’s 483.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Truex, Jr. has finished every lap in his six starts here, but he is looking for his first win at Kentucky. He has a series-leading 4.2 average finish and led 536 laps in five races at mile-and-a-half tracks, and he is the only driver who has cracked the Top 10 in all five races. Truex with his team has really performed great on these types of tracks. The team will be looking forward to this week’s race after having two poor finishes in a row the last two weeks when they lost an engine at Sonoma and then got caught up in a wreck at Daytona.
Kevin is still looking for his first win at this track. He led a race-high 128 laps at Kentucky last year before fuel strategy cost him a shot at the win. Harvick is known as one of best drivers on 1.5-mile tracks and he’ll surely try to prove it on Sunday. Over the past 29 races at intermediate tracks, Harvick owns the highest driver rating and at Kentucky, he owns the fourth-best average running position (8.7). He has also won the pole last year en route to a ninth-place finish.
Kenseth is the only other driver to win a Quaker State 400 (2013) along with Keselowski and Busch and to finish in the top ten in every Cup race run here. He has one win in the six starts with an average finish at 5.17. His 5.2 average finish at Kentucky is tied for the best in the series.