NASCAR CUP SERIES: SUPER START BATTERIES 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kan.
TV: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:46 p.m. ET) – NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The 19th of a still undetermined number of races on the season, the Cup series is headed to Kansas for what is for now the only scheduled race there. … This will be the 29th race at Kansas, with Brad Keselowski winning here last spring and Denny Hamlin in the fall playoffs race. … The track is fast and typical of NASCAR’s many 1.5-mile D-shaped ovals, where aerodynamics, tire wear and the difference between the sun being out for part of the race before setting makes car setups tricky. … Austin Dillon was the winner last week at Texas, with teammate Tyler Reddick finishing second, making it a rare 1-2 for Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets. … Fords have won 10 races so far this season, with Toyota winning five – four by Denny Hamlin — and Chevrolet three.
*Kevin Harvick leads the points race with 721 followed by *Ryan Blaney (630), *Brad Keselowski (615), *Joey Logano (607), *Chase Elliott (604), *Hamlin (578), *Martin Truex Jr. (557), Aric Almirola (534), Kurt Busch (533) and Kyle Busch (520) rounding out the top 10. Dillon and Cole Custer would qualify for the playoffs with their wins despite being 14th (428) and 22nd (322) respectively.
*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.
BEST BETS: Kevin Harvick is the favorite again this week at 4/1, with Chase Elliott at 6/1, Martin Truex Jr. at 13/2 and Kyle Busch at 15/2. Kurt Busch is a great value at 25/1, with Austin Dill