Going fast is good

The usual suspects showing up

There were eight NASCAR Cup races around the 1.5-mile layout at Kentucky Speedway and seven of these have been won between three motorists, the exact same three drivers that have united to win the races at 2019.
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski have combined to win 11 of the 18 races this season and they have dominated at Kentucky, that is why they’re the big favorites to win Saturday night’s Quaker State 400.
Kyle Busch won the inaugural Kentucky race in 2011 in the rod and he also won the 2015 event. His worst finish was 12th in 2016. He leads all drivers with six top-five endings, a fifth-place ordinary end and 549 rebounds led. He has also won two Truck Series races and three Xfinity Series races and also an ARCA race .
Truex Jr. is connected with Busch with a series-leading four wins this year and has just two top-fives at Kentucky, but they have both come in the last two seasons and they have been equally dominating wins. It might be the very dominating. In 2017, he began second, won the first two phases and directed 152 of those 274 laps prior to winning. Last year , he took it up yet another notch by winning from the pole, leading 174 laps and winning the first two phases.
Keselowski was the final driver to win at Kentucky until Truex took over. He is the track leader with three Cup wins (2012, 2014, 2016) and he’s also got three Xfinity Series wins. He has headed laps in six of his eight Cup begins, including 38 laps led last season when he started fourth and finished third. He’s three wins this season and two of them arrived on 1.5-mile tracks. He is the only driver with numerous wins between both races run on 1.5s in 2019.
Truex won at Charlotte in May leading 116 laps because of his only win on a 1.5 this year, but amazingly, Busch does not have a win on any of these yet. His wins employing this race bundle with aero ducts and 550 horsepower came on the 2-mile layout at Fontana as well as the 2.5 tricky triangle in Pocono.
Another winners on 1.5s besides Keselowski and Truex have been Joey Logano in vegas, Denny Hamlin in Texas, and Alex Bowman at Chicagoland and all three of these ought to be considered this week as well because their odds should be boosted higher than normal due to the low likelihood posted on the three favorites.
Logano ought to be a driver. He has never won a Cup race at Kentucky but has led laps in four of the past five starts there having a best finish of runner-up in 2015. In addition, he won three consecutive seasons at Kentucky at the Xfinity Series (2008-10). He has been third or better in the previous two races on 1.5-mile tracks.
Bowman will be the true interesting odds appear this week based on how strong he has been in the last 3 races on 1.5s — runner-up at Kansas leading 63 laps, seventh at Charlotte, also leading 88 laps and winning at Chicagoland two weeks ago. Hendrick Motorsports has turned the corner and I am expecting more wins out of the group in the second half of this year from Bowman, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson.

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