After the chaos of Talladega, we’re back to Intermediates and Kansas Speedway. 1.5 miles a lap, great weather all around, and some door-to-door racing coming right up.
Here’s what to look for:
–Denny Hamlin was last year’s winner, that time on a Thursday Night. He won the previous Fall Race, too. Hamlin has yet to hit Victory Lane yet this season, coming up just short week in, week out. Could today be the day he finally finishes 1st in 2021?
–Joey Logano is our most recent winner here, taking the checkers last Fall. Logano has three Wins at Kansas, all of them coming in the Fall; he also won the 2014 and 2015 races.
-…and his teammate Brad Keselowski was the newest winner before these guys. He’ll start 1st today, and is someone you should definitely have your eye on. He’s got a pile of Wins on Intermediates (like Kentucky) with a similar lay out, and could tack on another today.
–Kevin Harvick has a 5.5 average finish over the last ten races (9.3 lifetime), and eight Top 10s in that span. He’s yet to capture the flag in 2021, he’ll also be up on the wheel today.
-A value pick today could very well be Cole Custer. He has just two starts here, but averages 10.5 in those and even scored a Top 10. He had a Win on a 1.5-miler last year as a Rookie, and looked pretty comfortable doing it.
Last year we went with the uber-popular Bierocks, this year we’re shading a big towards the savory:
Kansas City BBQ Smothered Chicken! Lisa has outdone herself this time, making BBQ sauce from scratch, and marinating chicken for hours. This house smells fantastic right now — wish you were here! Lisa’s dish is pictured here, complete with mushrooms and onions “as it is supposed to be.” I had the corn and potatoes, but no onions, no way! Good stuff though, provolone was great, too! And if you’ve never made BBQ Sauce from scratch, brace yourself for how much ketchup you’re going to use. Nice job, Leese!
Coverage of the race starts on FS1 at 3pm, green flag scheduled for 3:13pm.