Quaker State 400 Preview: Saturday Night Shootout
Quaker State 400 Preview: Saturday Night Shootout

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The Monster Energy Cup Series will race under the lights once again this weekend as the schedule offers the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.  After years of playing host to the  NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events the intermediate oval, Kentucky hit the big time in 2011, when the facility was awarded its place in the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule.  The 400-mile event raced at night at Kentucky Speedway has now become a fixture in the 36-race schedule that crowns NASCAR's champion.  

The Kentucky tri-oval has a very similar configuration to Kansas Speedway in terms of banking and size.  The teams that just dominated at Kansas a few weeks ago are sure to be looking forward to this weekend's trip to Sparta.  While Kansas offers 15-degree corner banking compared to 14-degree corner banking at Kentucky, the similarities are enough to warrant reconsideration of the same driver group that we had in the recently completed Digital Ally 400.  Both ovals are the tri-oval, "D-shaped" variety so the handling characteristics will be much the same.  Probably the only major difference we'll see this weekend at Kentucky Speedway is that our lineup of streaking drivers is a bit different than when we visited Kansas.  The last several weeks have seen some shifts in who is hot and who is not as the series pulls into the Kentucky oval.  We'll take that information into consideration as we take a look at the historical numbers for this speedway.

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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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