KC Masterpiece 400 Preview By Sir Holden Asworth

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KC Masterpiece 400 Preview

 

by Sir Holden Asworth

 


The return of Matt Kenseth sure seems like a good opportunity for some story lines this week in an otherwise-part of the season – although in a part-time role for Roush-Fenway Racing, it should rejuvenate a team plagued by low-end mediocre results (at best, most of the time). Should we see Kevin Harvick take his 5th win of the season this early? Will Jimmie Johnson end his slump? Will Bill Self get his guys back to the promised land? All valid questions.

Who to Watch:

Stewart-Haas Racing – Harvick is on the pole, Kansas is Bowyer’s home track, and Almirola and Busch are starting in the top-10. Seems like they’re the team to beat.

Toyota – specifically, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. They’re the best drivers NOT in Ford equipment, and Truex won here last spring AND the fall.

Matt Kenseth – He’ll need to knock the rust off post haste, but he’s experienced victory in the Sunflower State before. He’ll have to work for it, since he starts 35th. His equipment won’t be too different from the Stewart-Haas boys, so perhaps he’ll put on a clinic for the young guns.

 

KC Masterpiece 400 Starting Lineups

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Ryan Blaney
3. Kyle Busch
4. Aric Almirola
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Martin Truex Jr.
8. Kurt Busch
9. Joey Logano
10. Chris Buescher
11. Paul Menard
12. Erik Jones
13. William Byron
14. Daniel Suarez
15. Ryan Newman
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Chase Elliott
18. AJ Allmendinger
19. Alex Bowman
20. David Ragan
21. Darrell Wallace Jr.
22. Kyle Larson
23. Jimmie Johnson
24. Jamie McMurray
25. Austin Dillon
26. Ty Dillon
27. Corey Lajoie
28. Ross Chastain
29. Gray Gaulding
30. Reed Sorenson
31. Landon Cassill
32. BJ Mcleod
33. Clint Bowyer
34. Kasey Kahne
35. Matt Kenseth
36. Michael McDowell
37. Matt DiBenedetto
38. Timmy Hill

Where to Watch:

Saturday Night, 8pm Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Why You Should Watch:

This one isn’t as easy to justify. But, if you’re looking for some “me” time before your wife/mom claims tomorrow for “we” time, then tonight’s race should provide some entertainment. Regardless, Happy Mother’s Day to all those Moms out there. You know they’re the real MVP.

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