Hollywood Casino 400 Preview: Cut to the Round of 8
Hollywood Casino 400 Preview: Cut to the Round of 8

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This week we come to the finale in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the Cup. For the 12 remaining drivers in the playoff field the pressure reaches the critical point as we travel to Kansas and take the last step in narrowing the field of championship contenders to eight. Since so many drivers ran into trouble at Talladega this past week, this event will be one last opportunity and yet another chance to win and advance. For the sixth race in the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup, NASCAR pays its second visit of the season to Kansas Speedway just outside Kansas City for the Hollywood Casino 400. When we think of the Kansas oval we think of the many intermediate ovals on the circuit. This oval may not be exactly like Charlotte, Texas or Atlanta, but it could easily be the most important oval regarding the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup Series championship by the time we reach Homestead in November. As we visit the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas this weekend the schedule offers up a huge advantage to fantasy racing players and the drivers alike. For it was only five short months ago that the stars of NASCAR were locked in combat at this intermediate oval. The data from that race, the KC Masterpiece 400, will be fresh and applicable to the field for this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400.

The oval of Kansas Speedway is just our second intermediate oval event in the Chase

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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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