Martin Truex Jr. dominated the second half of the race at Dover. Chase Elliott took off from Pole and led half the race, but couldn’t close the deal at the Monster Mile. The boys are now off to Kansas on a Saturday night, Mother’s Day weekend.
Here’s what to look for:
–Kevin Harvick won the Pole on Friday, and he won it last year, too..along with the race. This place has been kind to Harvick, so much so that he has the best average among all drivers over the last ten races (5.9). In that span, he’s finished in the Top 3 six times.
–Aric Almirola is the second of four Stewart-Haas Racing Fords at the top of the starting lineup. These guys were totally dialed in on Friday, it remains to be seen how that translates to Saturday. Almirola suffered a horrific crash in the Spring 2017 race (and some compression fractures in his back), but returned later that Fall and turned in a 9th place effort. He finished 9th and 10th last year as well.
-With a pile of Mustangs up top, we have to travel down the list a little bit to find Joey Logano starting 20th. That qualifying effort was a bit of a surprise given how strong he was at this track in 2018. They race for a reason, however, and we don’t expect him to finish there. Logano was 2nd among all drivers last year in the points acquired category for the pair of Kansas races (94), second only to Harvick (112). He finished 3rd here in the Spring.
-We mentioned Chase Elliott earlier, and he was actually our most recent winner here. He took the checkers in the Fall, and made appearances in the Top 10 of both Stages. Elliott managed to hold off Kyle Busch, a powerhouse at almost every track, and outpaced the then-defending champion Martin Truex Jr. as well. He rolls off 5th today, the best starting position he’s ever had at Kansas.
–Kyle Larson has a 17.5 average finish over the last ten races here, but last year he finished 4th and 3rd. After receiving some help from a healer and some crystals (and a well placed smudging) last week at Dover, he turned in a 3rd place effort there, too. Is the 2019 monkey finally off his back? Could be a great time to take a flyer on the #42.
Coverage of the race starts on FS1 at 7:30pm, green flag scheduled for 7:48pm.