KC Masterpiece 400: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/12/18
The 2018 KC Masterpiece 400
KC Masterpiece 400: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Kansas Speedway)
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We make our first of two scheduled trips to Kansas for one of the newer races in the KC Masterpiece 400. This race debuted back in 2011 and has won by Toyota four of the seven tries. It’s also a night race, which is my personal favorite. We didn’t hit with a winner last week, but we’re never too far off when it comes to finding victory lane in NASCAR, so let’s stop wasting time here.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick got back in victory lane in Dover and has now won four races this season. Overall, Harvick has finished no worse than seventh in nine of the 11 races this season. You can expect another impressive performance this week considering Harvick has finished eight or better in seven of his last nine appearances at the Kansas Speedway. Harvick has also finished third or better in each of the last four appearances at this particular event. Odds probably won’t be big, but Harvick is a must play this week given his history.
Ryan Blaney - Ryan Blaney is still looking for his first win of the season, but he’s been knocking on that door for a while with top-10 finishes in four of his last seven races. While his history at this track is short, Blaney has finished seventh or better in four of his five appearances at the Kansas Speedway. In the two Kansas races last season, Blaney had an average finish of 3.5, and he has an average finish of 4.5 in two appearances at this track. This could be the week Blaney gets that much needed victory.
Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski is another driver looking for that first victory, as he hasn’t won since Talladega of last year. The good news is that Keselowski is starting to put it together, finishing in the top-10 in two of the last three weeks. Keselowski did win this race back in 2011 and was runner-up last year. Keselowski has also finished in the top-10 in four of his last six appearances at the Kansas Speedway overall. Keselowski has also finished no worse than 13th in each of his seven appearances at this event. This is a guy who could be due.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has been hit or miss as of late, but he’s given him and his team a chance at a victory nearly every week if you scrap the last months results. But regardless of current form, Truex won both races in Kansas last year, and that alone makes him a play this week. Truex has also finished ninth or better in four of his last seven appearances at the Kansas Speedway. It’s hard to put together a card and not include the guy who swept this track a year ago.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is coming off his worst performance of the season in Dover and has now fallen outside of the top-10 back-to-back weeks, but let’s not ignore the fact he’s finished third or better seven of the last nine races. Busch won this event in 2016 and had an average finish of 7.5 in the two Kansas races last season. Busch also has six straight top-10 finishes in each of his last six appearances at the Kansas Speedway. You don’t go from winning nearly every race for two months to full struggle mode that quickly. Busch is going to bounce back, and given his consistent success here, this is a week he’ll yet again be in the thick of things.