When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
Following a hectic race at Daytona, the NASCAR Cup Series is back to a more predictable track.
Kentucky hosts round 19, which also marks the start of the season’s second half.
Two separate crashes at Daytona cleared out the front-runners, with Justin Haley winning as rain ended the race earlier.
The result also shakes up the points standings, bringing significant changes to the postseason cutoff line.
Haley himself isn’t eligible to qualify, but plenty of drivers in contention for the postseason faced trouble at Daytona.
Daniel Suarez has dropped out of the top 16, with Ryan Newman moving above the cutoff from 18th.
This weekend’s round will likely have more in line.
What: Quaker State 400
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
When: Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 PM EST
How: NBC Sports (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Martin Truex Jr. scored back-to-back wins at Kentucky in 2017 and 2018.
The Joe Gibbs driver is tied for the series lead in wins this season with four.
Truex’s four victories came in the last ten races, which means that the 2017 champion is carrying momentum.
But his recent form isn’t what makes him the early favorite for Kentucky.
Truex’s won all stages in the 2017 and 2018 races for a complete sweep of both rounds.
He will be looking to add a third straight victory in 2019 in similar fashion.
Brad Keselowski is the all-time leader at Kentucky in the Cup Series with three wins in eight races.
The Team Penske driver also scored three victories at the oval in the Xfinity Series.
Keselowski has six top 10 finishes at Kentucky in the Cup Series.
The 2012 champion has already made three trips to victory lane this season.
He is third in the points standings, having also scored seven top 5 and nine top 10 finishes in 18 starts.
Kyle Busch is the other driver with multiple wins at Kentucky in the Cup Series.
The Joe Gibbs driver won the inaugural race in 2011 and added a second victory on his way to the 2015 championship.
Busch has raced at the track plenty of times in the Xfinity Series as well as the Truck Series.
He also has three wins in Xfinity and two in the trucks to go along with his Cup Series victories.
Additionally, #18 is the all-time leader at Kentucky with six top 5s and an impressive average finish of 5.0.
Busch missed out on the top 10 for the second weekend in a row last time out at Daytona.
The 2015 champion was involved in an early crash, finishing down in 14th.
He is currently second in the standings, having scored four wins, ten top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes.
Ryan Blaney finished all stages inside the top 5 last year, scoring a runner-up at the end.
The Team Penske driver is a two-time winner at the track in the Xfinity Series.
After a solid debut season for Penske in 2018 and a solid start in 2019, #12 has seen a drop.
Blaney went six consecutive races without a top 10 from Richmond to Pocono.
He ended the negative streak and scored three straight top 10 results before crashing out at Daytona.
Still looking for his first win of the season, Kentucky could be the right place for it to happen.
Blaney has five top 5 finishes and seven top 10s in 18 races this season, sitting tenth in points.
Joey Logano only missed out on the top 10 at Kentucky once since joining Team Penske.
The reigning champion has two top 5 and five top 10 finishes in six starts during that span.
Logano’s first win at the national level in NASCAR came at the track, an Xfinity Series race in 2007.
He won another consecutive races at the track, scoring a 100% win rate at Kentucky.
The Team Penske driver leads the points again this season, having scored two wins.
Logano leads all drivers in 2019 with six stage wins.
Erik Jones will likely need to score a win in order to qualify for the playoffs.
The third year driver has struggled in 2019 and is in real danger of not advancing to the postseason.
A 23rd place finish in Daytona made things even worse, as the closest contenders outscored him.
Jones has two top 10 finishes in two Cup Series starts at Kentucky.
He had the worst finish of seventh in eight starts between the three national series
Last year, #20 came home in sixth place after starting from the front row.
|Driver||Quaker State 400 Winner||Link|
|Truex Jr. Martin||+400||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kyle||+500||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+550||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+700||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+800||Bet Now|
|Eliott, Chase||+1100||Bet Now|
|Larson, Kyle||+1200||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+2000||Bet Now|
|Bowman, Alex||+2000||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+2000||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+2000||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+2500||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+2500||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+2500||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+3500||Bet Now|
|Byron, William||+4000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Austin||+6000||Bet Now|
* 21+ | NJ only | If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER
STARTS IN 21 HOURS
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Predictions: Can Kyle Larson Finish Where He’s Likely to Start in Sunday’s Race?
NASCAR | 9 June, 2023 | Reid Spencer
STARTS IN 1 HOURS
DoorDash 250 Predictions: Allgaier Fell Short at Portland, but He’s a Strong Choice This Week
NASCAR | 9 June, 2023 | Reid Spencer
NASCAR Cup Series Championship Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds
NASCAR Futures | 5 June, 2023 | Reid Spencer
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.