We make our first of two scheduled trips to Kansas this week for the 2017 Go Bowling 400, an event that debuted in 2011 and has produced a winner each race. Four of the six races have finished in under three hours, so this is a chance to make some quick cash on a Saturday night.
Our winning streak ended last week at six, so it’s time to buckle down and get back on the winning side of things.
Here are five drivers to consider putting on this week's card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth has really struggled the last two weeks and has just four top-10 finishes this season overall. It simply hasn’t been a good year so far for the 45-year-old. The good news is that Kenseth won the Go Bowling 400 in 2013 and has 10 top-10 finishes in his last 13 races at the Kansas Speedway. Kenseth finished fourth in last years Go Bowling 400 and sixth back in 2015. Kenseth is a driver you’ll probably get with big odds given his current form, but his history on this track suggests he’ll be worth the play.
Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray doesn’t have any recent success at the Kansas Speedway with his last top-10 finish coming in 2013. McMurray also doesn't have a victory since the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500. There’s a lot of reasons to not pay McMurray any attention. However, McMurray has improved his finish in each of the last three weeks and that includes a runner-up finish last week in the Geico 500. It was McMurray’s best finish since the end of the 2015 season, so maybe he's onto something. A different driver has won eight of the first 10 races. It's possible McMurray is the next in line.
Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished seventh or better in eight of his last nine races, and of course that includes two victories. At the Kansas Speedway, Keselowski has posted three top-10 finishes in his last four appearances and that doesn't include a victory in the 2011 Go Bowling 400. Keselowski has been one of the more consistent drivers this season and when you add his success on this track, you have to like his chances of becoming the first driver this year to win three races.
Kyle Busch - I’ve had Kyle Busch on the card a few times this year only to be disappointed. Lets try it again this week. Busch is coming off one of his better races in which he finished third, and he's now finished third or better in three of his last seven races. Busch is also the defending champion at the Go Bowling 400 and has finished fifth or better in each of his last four appearances at the Kansas Speedway. This is the longest Busch has gone without a win to start a season since 2006. He’s due, right?
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is another driver looking for his first victory of the season, and he's finished fifth or better in three of his last four races. This could be Harvick’s week considering he won the last race at the Kansas Speedway and finished runner-up in last years Go Bowling 400. In fact Harvick has finished second or better in five of his last seven appearances at the Kansas Speedway. It doesn't get much better than that, folks. Harvick is a must play this week given his history on this track.