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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is headed to Kansas this weekend.
With a spot in the Round of 8 on the line, once again there is plenty at stake.
While the battle for the win will take the spotlight, you can also look for other picks.
A top 3 finish, of course, would be a massive help to drivers trying to advance.
Below are five interesting picks with good value and a decent shot at scoring a top 3 finish.
What: Hollywood Casino 400
Where: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS
When: Sunday, October 20th at 2:30 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Jones has an impressive run of three top 10 finishes in three starts at Kansas since joining Joe Gibbs Racing.
He finished seventh in his first start at the track with the team, then followed it up with a fourth place.
Jones finished a solid third earlier this year, and could very well repeat that performance.
After facing an early exit in the playoffs, he will try to add more good results to build momentum for 2020.
The seven-time champion continues to improve his results.
After missing out on the playoffs for the first time in his career, Johnson has not finished lower than 11th in the last five races.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver is tied for the lead in wins at Kansas among active drivers with three.
He has struggled in recent years at the track, scoring only one top 5 and two top 10 finishes in the last seven starts.
Despite this bad run, Johnson has eight top 3 finishes in 27 starts at Kansas.
While Bowyer does not have a particularly great record at Kansas, he did well earlier this year.
The Stewart-Haas driver started from the front row and managed to finish a solid fifth.
He led a total of 12 laps in a race where Stewart-Haas as a whole did very well.
Bowyer is coming off a good sequence, scoring six top 10 finishes in the last seven starts.
As he battles for a spot in the Round of 8, there will be some additional motivation to keep that run going.
Blaney scored an unlikely win at Talladega to keep in the title hunt.
A DNF at Dover had done some serious damage to his championship aspirations, leaving him in a difficult position before that.
Kansas could be the place for him to build momentum.
Blaney has five top 10 finishes at the track, including three inside the top 5 and one in the top 3.
He also scored the pole position and led 83 laps in 2017.
Given Ford’s good record at Kansas, Blaney could be a solid pick for the top 3 this weekend.
Kansas marked the third race in an impressive mid-season run for Bowman.
Still chasing after his first career win back then, #88 finished second in three consecutive races from Talladega in April to Kansas in May.
The runner-up finish at Kansas was perhaps the most frustrating of the three.
Bowman led the race into the final stages but lost the top spot to Brad Keselowski with seven laps to go.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver scored top 3 finishes in the last two playoff races.
After a disastrous race at Talladega, Bowman desperately needs a good finish at Kansas to remain in the playoffs.
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