Quaker State 400: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/14/18
The 2018 Quaker State 400
Quaker State 400: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Kentucky Speedway)
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We make our first and only trip to Kentucky this year for the Quaker State 400. This is one of the newer races on the schedule, as it debuted in 2011 and four of the seven finishes have been won by a Toyota. This has been our most frustrating NASCAR season yet and watching Erik Jones win his first race when we didn’t have him on the card didn’t help. The good thing about sports betting, however, is it only takes one victory to change everything. Let’s get some money in our pocket this week.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
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Brad Keselowski - We’ve put Brad Keselowski on the card often this year, and he hasn’t won a race since mid-October, so needless to say he’s been burning money. Most would give up, but Keselowski has won this race three times, which means 42.8 percent of the winners have been the 34-year-old from Michigan. Keselowski has also finished no worse than seventh in five of his seven appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. If there’s one track that can get Keselowski out of this funk and in the winners circle, it’s clearly this one.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch had a rough showing last week in Daytona, but he’s still a guy who has finished fifth or better in five of his last six races. Busch has been the best and most consistent driver this season, and he’s won this race twice, making him the only driver besides Keselowski to win this event more than once. Busch also has wins at the Kentucky Speedway in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Don’t be surprised if Busch gets his sixth win of the year this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. had his chances to win last week in Daytona but finished runner-up instead. Truex has now finished fourth or better in seven of his last eight races and won this particular event last year. Truex has top-10 finishes in four of his last six appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. While he’s made a habit of coming up just short this season more than anything, you can’t argue his consistency. Truex is worth a play this week.
Kyle Larson - An underrated worth looking at this week is Kyle Larson, a driver who hasn’t won since September of last year. Larson has finished runner-up in two of his last five races and has finished seventh or better in four of his last seven races. Larson also finished runner-up in this event last year and has a couple of top-10 finishes in Kentucky in the Xfinity Series, so he’s familiar with this track. Larson could be due for his first win of the year.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has a top-five finish in eight of his last 10 races, which obviously includes wins in Dover and Kansas. Harvick has been arguably the best driver over the last two months and has led the most laps in six different races this year. As for this event, Harvick has top-10 finishes in each of his last five appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. Harvick is also a two-time winner of the Alsco 300 in the Xfinity Series, so there’s clear signs he enjoys this track. Harvick has a decent chance at his sixth win of the year.