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Hollywood Casino 400 At Kansas Speedway Preview


This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400. This is the 31st race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the 5th race in the Chase For The Sprint Cup. In last years running, Joey Logano won his second straight race in the Round of 12, beating out Denny Hamlin.

No Place Like Kansas For Logano: It’s no secret in recent years that Kansas Speedway is one of Joey Logano’s strongest tracks. This holds stronger in the fall running, where he has won the last 2 races held in the Chase. His consistency however will be sentimental for a bounceback after a horrid race last weekend with an additional 3 top 5’s in the last 6 races ran at this track.

Charlotte Causes Fight For Survival: A wacky Bank Of America 500 has left several drivers scrambling to keep their championship hopes alive in the next two races.  Hamlin (30th), Dillon (32nd), Elliott (33rd), Logano (36th), and Harvick (38th) all had issues and now see themselves on the ropes and trying to fight back.

Juggernaut Johnson Breaks Through: Prior to last Sunday, Jimmie Johnson didn’t advance past the Round of 12 under the “Playoff” Chase format. But, that all changed when he won the Bank Of America 500 and broke through automatically for the first time. Something that even many casual fans were shocked by. Now, he can race easy for the next two weeks, including one of his strongest tracks at Kansas Speedway. He has 3 career wins to his name at the track, with an additional 8 top 5s, 16 top 10s, and 601 laps led.

Mr. 400 Truex: Martin Truex Jr. will make his 400th career start in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. This season has been a “late bloom” type breakout for Truex with 4 wins, and has the Furniture Row Racing team thriving. But, he only has 2 top 10’s and a top 5 in the last 6 races at Kansas Speedway. Something will need to improve to help his advancement chances.

Below is some NASCAR Fantasy advice for the Hollywood Casino 400 and the drivers to consider and to avoid:

Drivers To Consider: Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, KevinHarvick , Ryan Newman, and Kasey Kahne

Drivers To Avoid: Trevor Bayne, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch

Potential Sleepers: Ryan Blaney, A.J. Allmendinger, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson, and Austin Dillon

When and Where to Watch: The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway starts Sunday at 2:30pm on NBC