KC Masterpiece 400 Preview: Return to the Intermediate Tracks
KC Masterpiece 400 Preview: Return to the Intermediate Tracks

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

In the wake of the wild and unpredictable race at the Monster Mile, we're in for a change of pace this weekend. For the fourth time in 2018, the Monster Energy Cup Series goes intermediate oval racing. We visit Kansas Speedway for the spring event, which debuted in April 2012. The KC Masterpiece 400 takes our competitors back to an intermediate oval after a one-month hiatus from these style tracks. The 1.5-mile oval of Kansas Speedway might not give us a sequel of what played out at Texas a few weeks ago, but the teams that performed well at the Fort Worth oval in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 should be in for another strong race weekend.

The teams that dominated at Texas Motor Speedway are sure to be licking their chops for this visit to America's heartland. While Kansas only offers 15 degree corner banking compared to 24 degree corner banking at Texas, the similarities are enough to warrant reconsideration of almost the same driver group that we had at the Fort Worth oval. Both tracks are the "D" shaped configuration so the handling characteristics will be much the same. However, as we ran during the daylight hours at Texas, we will be racing under the lights this week at Kansas. That one wrinkle could play a minor role in altering the driver group just a bit. One thing is for certain, the incredible trio of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. that have so dominated the

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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