Quaker State 400 Preview: Kentucky Shootout

Quaker State 400 Preview: Kentucky Shootout

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Kentucky for the first time this season as the schedule offers the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.  After years of playing host to NASCAR Xfinity and truck series events at the intermediate oval, Kentucky hit the big time in 2011 when the facility was awarded its place in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.  The 400-mile event has been typically raced at night at Kentucky Speedway.  However, this season's schedule shakeup and rescheduled events have moved this from a Saturday night race and into a Sunday afternoon event.

The Kentucky tri-oval has a very similar configuration to Kansas Speedway in terms of banking and size.  We haven't raced at Kansas yet this season, so that barometer is not available to us for this event.  However, we did recently race at the Homestead intermediate oval.  That data could be somewhat useful in evaluating drivers for this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.  Both races are run in the heat of the day, and it's most likely that the drivers that succeeded with no practice or qualifying at Homestead will have the best chance to hit the ground running in the same scenario at Kentucky.  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 Homestead.  The last several weeks have seen some shifts in who is hot and who is not as the series pulls into

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