The stars of the Cup series have invaded the “Bluegrass State” for tonight’s running of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway. Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5 mile speedway located in Sparta, KY has hosted a Cup series race since 2011. Here are some of the headlines heading into tonight’s race.
Suarez wins Busch Pole award.
Daniel Suarez won his second career Busch Pole award yesterday, edging out fellow Stewart Hass Racing driver Aric Almirolia with a lap time of 29.254 (average speed of 184.950.) Suarez who is from Monterrey, Mexico is in his 3rd full year Cup competition and in his 1st year with Stewart Haas Racing.
Fords take 5 of the top 10 starting spots.
It’s been evident since the cars came off the haulers that the Ford camp brought fast race cars to the track and it showed in qualifying when the Blue Oval took 5 of the top 10 starting spots. Suarez led the blue brigade with the pole. Wouldn’t surprise me if any of the Ford drivers end up in Victory Lane tonight (Hopefully Harvick but I’m being biased haha)
Can anyone stop Martin Truex Jr?
Martin Truex Jr has been dominate at Kentucky Speedway in recent years. He has won the last 2 races here and it hasn’t been any contest. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has shown speed once again and you can bet he will be up front battling for the lead throughout the race. Truex is also looking for his 5th win of the season.
My pick to win.
I’m picking Kevin Harvick to win tonight’s race and it’s not because he’s my favorite either. Harvick has shown speed in his Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang since they unloaded. He was 8th quickest in 1st practice, 2nd in Final Practice, has the 3rd best 10 lap average in Final Practice and qualified 5tg. Harvick has yet to win at the 1.5 mile track but I have a good feeling he finally conquers the track and gets win #1 of the season.
Tomorrow I will go over the race results, what I though, dumb move of the race and the funniest moment. As always please feel free to leave any comments, questions you may have and I’ll reply back! Enjoy tonight’s race!
Time: 7:30 PM EDT (NBC, NBCSports app, Performance Radio Network, SiriusXM Nascar radio channel 90)
Race length: 267 laps (400 miles) Stage 1: 80 laps, Stage 2: 80 laps, Stage 3: 107 laps.