The Checkered Flag: KC Masterpiece 400


After last weeks dominating performance by Kevin Harvick at the Monster Mile, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway. Harvick, still riding high after his latest victory, took the pole for Saturday nights race and will look to capture his fifth victory in this year’s series. Harvick will have his hands full this week as Martin Truex Jr. will be looking to continue his dominance from last year at Kansas where he won both races. The DPA team will look to give you the drivers that will take you to the yellow brick road and hopefully  to the pot of gold at the end.

Blue Chip Studs

Kevin Harvick | #4 | DK $11,700 | FD $13,500

Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing team have been just short of unstoppable this year. After winning his fourth race of the year last week, Harvick will try and put his Busch Light Ford back in Victory Lane once again. Harvick was fastest in practice and followed that up by winning the pole for tomorrow nights race. It is simply just too hard to fade him.

Kyle Busch | #18 | DK $11,200 | FD $12,200

Busch and the #18 M&M’s Caramel Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will roll off in the 3rd starting position Saturday night. Busch was third fastest in practice and had the second best 10 lap average in practice. Busch finished 5th at this race last year and will be a strong contender for the checkers tomorrow night.

Clint Bowyer | #14 | DK $9,000 | FD $10,200

Bowyer and the #14 Stewart-Haas Ford had the race in hand last week until Harvick made a late race pass for the lead. Bowyer held on for second place and showed just how tough the Ford teams have been this year. Especially the Fords from the Stewart-Haas stable. Clint is racing at his home track this weekend and will look to put his failed inspection in the past and drive the Haas 30 Years of The VFI Ford to Victory Lane in his home state.

Steady Eddies

Ryan Blaney | #12 | DK $8,800 | FD $11,500

Blaney and the #12 Rev Group Team Penske Ford team has been really consistent all year long. Blaney qualified 2nd for Saturday nights race and he had the 5th fastest 10 lap average in practice Friday afternoon. Blaney was a strong contender last year in Kansas as he finished 4th and 3rd at the 2 races there. #12 will roll off in the 2nd starting position Saturday night as he looks to put Team Penske back in Victory Lane. Blaney is the DPA Play of the Week.

Aric Almirola | #10 | DK $8,600 | FD $9,400

If you haven’t noticed by now, it should be apparent that I’m on the Stewart-Haas band wagon this week. Almirola and the Smithfield Prime Ford unloaded fast on Friday and backed it up by qualifying in the 4th position. He also had the 3rd fastest 10 lap average speed and was 7th fastest overall.

Kurt Busch | #41 |  DK $8,400 | FD $10,600

Busch and the #41 Haas Automation Ford will roll off in the 14th starting position Saturday night.  Kurt had the 10th fastest 10 lap average and was 17th fastest in practice. If he and the rest of his Stewart-Haas teammates get together and share notes, there is no reason to think that he will not be running up front by the end of the night.

Bargain Bin

Matt Kenseth | #6 | DK $7,100 | FD $9,600

Welcome back Matt Kenseth. After a brief retirement, Kenseth is back and simply speaking, he is too good of a driver to be this cheap. With no races under his belt this year, we don’t have a lot to go on other than the fact that he is a past NASCAR champion. Kenseth will roll off in the 36th starting position after failing to qualify and not passing inspection.

Daniel Suarez | #19 | DK $6,800 | FD $9,500

Suarez and the #19 Stanley Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team has been really good as of late. Coming off a 3rd place finish last week, Suarez will look to keep the momentum rolling and put his Toyota solidly back in the top 10. Suarez had the 12th fastest 10 lap average Friday afternoon and he finished 7th at this race last year.

David Ragan | #38 | DK $6,000 | FD $6,000

Ragan and the #38 MDS Trucking Front Row Motorsports Ford will roll off in the 20th starting position Saturday night. Ragan has been running pretty good as of late and seems to have the car to do so again this week. With a little luck he could be the key to finishing in the money this weekend.

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