We make our first and only trip of the year to Kentucky for the Quaker State 400, one of the newer races of the season and has been won five of the eight times by Toyota. Last week was a complete mess with the rain delays and congrats if you had a wager on Justin Haley winning, as I’m sure most books didn’t even have him listed. Another week, another chance to get back in victory lane.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Will update with odds once they’re released.)
Brad Keselowski, +880 - Brad Keselowski has nowhere to go but up after finishing 39th last week, and he usually bounces back after a poor showing. Keselowski is a three-time winner of this event and has finished seventh or better in six of his eight tries overall. Keselowski has also won three races at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and has a couple of runner-up finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Somebody really likes the Bluegrass State.
Martin Truex Jr., +380 - The last four times Martin Truex Jr. has finished outside of the top-10, he’s followed it up with a finish of third place or better, so expect a bounce back week. It only strengthens Truex’s chances this week given that’s he the two-time defending champion at this race and has finished 10th or better in five of his last seven appearances overall. Truex also hasn’t gone more than two races without a victory since winning the Toyota Owners 400 back in mid-April.
Kyle Busch, +550 - Kyle Busch has cooled off a bit with back-to-back races finishing outside of the top-10, but he’s a two-time winner at this race and has finished fifth or better in six of his eight trips overall. Busch is averaging a finish of 6.6 since the Quaker State 400 debuted. Busch also won three races at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and two races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch should get back on track this week.
Ryan Newman, +22000 - We hit on Ryan Newman a couple of years ago when he was priced in the thousands at the 2017 Camping World 500, and he’s given us little reason to go back to him. Well, Newman has quietly put together top-10 finishes in three of the last four races, including a fifth place finish last week. That alone provides some bang for the buck given what Newman is usually priced at. Newman has also finished fourth or better in three of his eight appearances at this event. If you’re tired of playing the same few names every week, Newman could provide some value.
Kevin Harvick, +550 - Kevin Harvick still has yet to win a race this year and it’s hurting the wallet with the amount of times we’ve thrown him on the card. No reason to give up. Harvick has top-10 finishes in each of his last six trips at this race, averaging a finish of eighth place during that span. Harvick is also a two-time winner at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. A win is coming eventually for Harvick, and there’s enough consistency here to suggest it could be this week.