NASCAR’s most decorated driver will give the command to start engines for the inaugural event. Known as “The King”, Richard Petty was a natural candidate when promoting STP as the sponsor for the race. Petty, winner of a record 200 races, seven NASCAR championships, and inaugural inductee into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, will watch his own 43 machine display his old paint scheme with STP on the side. This is sure to be a great moment not only for the Petty’s, but for every NASCAR fan who treasures the sport they love.
Coming out of the month of May, which was dominated by Roush Fenway Racing, leaves many questions on whether the rest of the field will step up their game as we enter the brutal summer months that are just ahead. I do still expect Roush Fenway to be tough to beat, but teams like HMS are looking for that spark that could ignite to something big later on. The one thing that is in RFR’s favor is the 1.5mile program they have been so dominant in. Kansas is a 1.5mile track, with 15 degree banking through the turns and only 10.4 degree banking along the straights, should allow for some great passing on the slick surface.
My Fantasy Racing Picks for the Inaugural STP 400:
Target: Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards
Avoid: Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Burton
Analysis: Both Gordon and Biffle have 4 top-5’s in the last five races at Kansas. Stewart has led 113 laps in the last 2 years.
Bargain: Patrick Carpentier is on the entry list for the STP 400, somebody to keep a close eye on in the #32 machine. Paul Menard led 11 laps and finished P8 last year.
Weather Forecast for Kansas Speedway:
Friday- Hi 94/Lo 69– Partly Cloudy/Windy
Saturday- Hi 88/Lo 68– Isolated Storms 30% chance
Sunday- Hi 89/Lo 70– Partly Cloudy
NSCS Practice- (Friday 1:30pm) (Friday 4:30pm) NSCS Qualifying- (Saturday 12pm) NSCS STP 400- (Sunday 1pm)