Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway - Predictions and Odds 2019
After taking a one week break, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action.
Kansas will host the first race of the second round.
A win here is extremely important, as it means an automatic spot in the Homestead finale.
Avoiding a bad finish is also key, as only four drivers will advance to the final round.
The top drivers don’t have much experience at the track, and that’s something worth keeping an eye on.
Here are the best picks for this weekend.
How to Watch Kansas Lottery 300
Where: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS
When: Saturday, October 19th at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
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Christopher Bell has some special memories at Kansas Speedway.
His first career win in the Xfinity Series came at the track in 2017, as a part-time driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Despite a DNF in last year’s race, Bell knows his way to victory lane at the track.
Bell also scored two fourth-place finishes and one pole-position in two Truck Series starts at Kansas.
The Joe Gibbs driver is the current points leader following the post-Dover reset in points.
He has seven wins, 18 top 5 and 19 top 10 finishes in races this season.
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Tyler Reddick also has a very good record at Kansas.
He started from the pole and finished second in the 2017 race won by Bell.
It was his first career pole in the Xfinity Series while running as a part-time driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Reddick finished fifth last year in his late-season surge to win the championship.
After dominating the regular season, the reigning series champion faces a slight drop to start the playoffs.
Reddick finished tenth in the Richmond opener and could only manage a 12th place at Dover after getting involved in an early crash.
Kansas could be the perfect opportunity for him to bounce back and build momentum.
Reddick is third in points with five wins, 21 top 5 and 24 top 10 finishes.
Cole Custer has the worst record at Kansas among the Xfinity Big Three.
He has never scored a top 10 finish, and his best result was a 19th place.
Similar stats haven’t stopped Custer from being a contender at every other track.
In fact, his seven victories this season all came at tracks where he had not scored a previous win.
Custer is currently second in points, tied for the series lead in wins with Christopher Bell.
The Stewart-Haas driver also has 15 top 5 and 21 top 10 finishes this season.
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John Hunter Nemechek
John Hunter Nemechek is the defending race winner at Kansas.
It was his first, and so far only, win in the Xfinity Series.
The result was unexpected, as Nemechek scored the win while driving a part-time schedule as a rookie with Chip Ganassi Racing.
While he hasn’t been able to replicate the success with GMS Racing this season, Nemechek could still show up as a surprise winner.
He was eliminated from the playoffs at Dover and now sits ninth in the standings.
Nemechek has yet to win a race this season, having scored four top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes.
Noah Gragson will be making his first start at Kansas in the Xfinity Series.
But the rookie already has experience at the track.
Gragson won from the pole while also leading the most laps last year in the Truck Series.
The JR Motorsports driver seems to be getting closer and closer to his first win in Xfinity as well.
The rookie is on an impressive run of seven top 5 and 16 top 10 finishes in the last 18 races.
He is now eighth in points, 12 behind the Championship Four cutoff.
Justin Allgaier has the most experience at Kansas among the top Xfinity Series drivers.
The series veteran has made eight starts at the track during his career.
Allgaier has two top 5 and five top 10 finishes at Kansas.
While the record isn’t particularly impressive, the experience could come in hand.
The Xfinity Series only makes one stop at Kansas during the year, leaving drivers and teams with limited information to work with.
Allgaier will also have some additional motivation, as he is still chasing for the first win of 2019.
The JR Motorsports driver is currently fifth in the standings, only three points behind the fourth-place cutoff.
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