NNS: Kentucky Preview- Contenders Ready To Knock Logano Off

July 7, 2011 No Comments

Credit: Associated Press

The last three years for young Joey Logano has been relatively easy at Kentucky Speedway, something that has many NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers concerned, but this go round will not be as easy.

There are several drivers that can knock Logano off this Kentucky perch, starting with some of the Nationwide Series regulars. Drivers like Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne will also be tough to beat, because of their “part-time” Nationwide Series schedules.

The field will also feature the always formidable trio of Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski – three Cup winners running most of the 2011 Nationwide schedule.

Logano, who scored each of his Kentucky wins from the pole, will also have to contend with some drivers who are competing for the championship. It still feels strange that drivers like Logano are not competing for the championship, but that opens the door for those drivers who probably wouldn’t have had a shot otherwise.

Sorenson is also pretty solid at Kentucky, where he has a pair of top-fives in three starts.

“Kentucky has always been a great track for me as we almost got the win here last season,” said Sorenson, who finished fifth after leading 49 laps. “I am excited to go back … and compete for my second win this season.”

But how can you count out Carl Edwards? Edwards probably has the best shot to win, if for some reason Logano isn’t in the right place at the right time.

“Kentucky is a great track to race at, the energy level that the fans bring to the race track is awesome,” said Edwards.

For Martin, the Nationwide Series’ all-time wins leader, Friday night is the last of his four scheduled Nationwide appearances this season for Turner Motorsports. If you want to go with a driver that really wants to get this win, pick Martin in your weekly NASCAR Nationwide Series fantasy pick.

“I’ve had a lot of fun racing for Turner Motorsports this season,” Martin said. “We were fortunate enough to get the win at Las Vegas and have had a few really solid runs in the meantime. I’m real hopeful we can get that Dollar General car to victory lane again this weekend at Kentucky. It would be a great way to finish off my time with the team.”

With all of that being said, who are you going to pick in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series edition of Kentucky Speedway?

Weather Forecast:

Friday- Hi 85/ Lo 67– Chance of rain 60%

Race will be live on ESPN, Friday at 7:30pm ET.




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