Beeline Checkered Flag: NASCAR DFS – Hollywood Casino 400

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Beeline Checkered Flag: NASCAR DFS – Hollywood Casino 400

Preview  

We head to Kansas speedway this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400. With only 5 races to go in the season/playoffs this should be an exciting race. Last weekend saw pretty much the whole field get wiped out which is normal for Talladega Super Speedway. Keselowski pulled off a late run to take the win and advance himself in the playoffs. Look for Harvick, Hamlin and Larson to go all out this weekend to place their stamp on the playoffs.

 

Previous Winners

Martin Truex Jr        2017

Kevin Harvick          2016

Kyle Busch              2016

 

Stages

Stage 1       80   laps

Stage 2     160  laps

Stage 3      267  laps

 

Drivers to Dominate

Martin Truex Jr

Kyle Busch

Kevin Harvick

 

Drivers to Build Around

Martin Truex ($10,800) Truex won this race in the spring and pretty much dominates on Intermediate tracks this season. In May, Truex started 3rd and led 104  of the 267 laps for the win. Truex doesn’t have to win because he has already advanced to the next round. He has been a force to be dealt with though and will for sure get you extra points via laps led and a good chance of stage wins.

Kyle Busch ($10,300)– Kyle needs a big weekend this weekend being that he is sitting 7 points below the cutline to move on in the playoffs. In his last 5 races here Kyle has 5 top 5 finishes which includes 1 win. He has an average of 4th place finish in those last 5 races. Only thing with Kyle is when it comes down to forcing a good race, Kyle, a lot of times can’t get out of his own way and runs into issues.

Kevin Harvick ($9,600)– Harvick currently sitting 4 in the playoff standings and is looking to secure his spot in the next round. The good news for Harvick is he has done fairly well at Kansas motor speedway. In his last 5 races here he has 4 top 5 finishes including 1 win. In those last 5 races he has led a total of 158 laps and could very well put himself in a great spot for stage wins this weekend.

 

Driver to Consider

Matt Kenseth ($9,000)- Kenseth currently is sitting 10 in the playoff race and is about 8 points off the cut line. This weekend is also a do or die weekend like his teammate Kyle Busch. Matt is only 1 point behind his teammate but both are outside the cutline as of now. In his last 5 races here Matt has 4 top 10 finishes and has led a total of 173  laps. I can see Matt running in the top 10 all day just hope he stays out of trouble.

Brad Keselowski ($10,100)- Last weekend’s winner is looking to have a repeat this weekend at Kansas. Even though he is already in the next round Brad is looking for more stage points this weekend so he will for sure be racing hard. In his last 5 races here Brad has 4 top 10 finishes with a 2nd place finish here in the spring.

 

Value Pick

Daniel Suarez ($7,400)– Daniel doesn’t have a lot of race time here at Kansas motor speedway, but the way he has been running this year he will be in the top 15 this week. In the spring race this year Suarez finished in 7th place. He currently has the 10 best average finish this year and he’s a rookie.

Sleeper Pick

Chase Elliot ($9,100)- Chase hasn’t had much luck at Kansas with only 1 top 10 finish in 3 races here. He has been pretty fast this year at tracks like Chicago, Charlotte and even Dover which are all similar tracks. At all 3 of those tracks Chase has had a average running position in the top 5. He is starting 14th today which is good, he should be able to make his way through the field into the top 5. .

 

Beeline Statistical Buzz  (*Extra stats to take into consideration for lineup buildings)

Top 5 Driver Ratings (at Kansas)

 

  • Jimmie Johnson    108.7
  • Matt Kenseth          106.5
  • Kevin Harvick         105.8
  • Martin Truex JR     98.4
  • Ryan Blaney             92.2

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