What 2 Watch 4: NSCS- Kentucky

July 7, 2011 No Comments

Credit: NASCAR Media Group

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Track: Kentucky Speedway – 1.5 Mile Oval
Laps: 267; Miles: 400.5
Broadcast: TV – TNT; Radio – PRN/Sirius XM NASCAR

Saturday: High-89° ; Lo-69°
0% Chance of Rain
Wind: S at 5 mph

Courtesy of Weather.com


Usually this is where I would talk about the history of this race, but that isn’t so today. This is the very first race for the Sprint Cup guys at Kentucky Speedway, something that has fans really excited. If you are asking your self “what could possibly be exciting about Kentucky?”, you have got a lot to learn!

You don’t see it often when a race actually sells out (usually it is pretty close), but Saturday will be different. KentuckySpeedway.com is advertising that they still have some tickets, but they are “standing room only” tickets (I think that is a first).

In order to have history, you must first make history and I think that we will see that Saturday night. As we continue on “The Road to Richmond”, each race will only get more exciting and intense, which is just what the doctor had ordered! NASCAR knew what they were doing when they moved this “Kentucky” debut to a Saturday night with less than ten races before the Chase begins, pretty ingenious if you ask me!


As I do each week, fantasy picks for Kentucky will be quite difficult. Without knowing any prior history with most of the Sprint Cup drivers, it is very tricky to create a “Avoid” list, but it is worth a shot. There is an old saying “go with what you know”, now is the perfect time to apply that saying.

Target: Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch

Avoid: Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., and Juan Pablo Montoya

Analysis: Joey Logano is probably my favorite out of the bunch because of what he has done there in the Nationwide Series. Logano has won the last three races and is now looking to win his first in the Sprint Cup Series.

Bargain: My Bargain pick this week is actually one of my target’s, Brad Keselowski. Most probably won’t pick a driver like Keselowski, but he has just as much experience on a track like this than most other drivers in the most elite series of NASCAR.

Here is the entry list for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway:

Entry Veh # Driver
1 00 David Reutimann
2 1 Jamie McMurray
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 4 Kasey Kahne
5 5 Mark Martin
6 6 David Ragan
7 7 Robby Gordon
8 9 Marcos Ambrose
9 11 Denny Hamlin
10 13 Casey Mears
11 14 Tony Stewart
12 115 Michael Waltrip
13 16 Greg Biffle
14 17 Matt Kenseth
15 18 Kyle Busch
16 20 Joey Logano
17 22 Kurt Busch
18 24 Jeff Gordon
19 27 Paul Menard
20 29 Kevin Harvick
21 30 David Stremme
22 31 Jeff Burton
23 32 Mike Bliss(i)
24 33 Clint Bowyer
25 34 David Gilliland
26 36 Dave Blaney
27 37 Tony Raines
28 38 Travis Kvapil(i)
29 39 Ryan Newman
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
31 43 A J Allmendinger
32 46 J J Yeley
33 47 Bobby Labonte
34 48 Jimmie Johnson
35 150 T J Bell
36 51 Landon Cassill(i)
37 * 55 TBA
38 56 Martin Truex Jr
39 60 Mike Skinner(i)
40 66 Michael McDowell
41 71 Andy Lally
42 177 Scott Wimmer(i)
43 78 Regan Smith
44 181 Scott Riggs(i)
45 83 Brian Vickers
46 87 Joe Nemechek(i)
47 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr
48 195 David Starr(i)
49 99 Carl Edwards

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