The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour rolls into Kansas City for this weekend’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. The track, which opened in 2001, will be holding its 2nd annual Spring cup race at the 1.5 mile oval. NASCAR expert Blake Smith is here with a preview.

Forty-six drivers are entered for this weekend’s event, which means three drivers will be going home after Saturday’s qualifying session. Penske driver, Sam Hornish Jr. will be one of the drivers vying for one of the eight available positions to make the race in Roger Penske’s #12 Charger. Tim Andrews will be making his first career Sprint Cup Series attempt with his father, Paul Andrews atop the pit box for the #79 Ford Fusion.

Kansas Speedway has been known for close finishes. Eight of the 12 races that have ended under green flag conditions have had a margin of victory less than 8 seconds. One of these great finishes was between veterans Ricky Rudd and Joe Nemechek in 2004. The margin of victory that day was .081 seconds.

Kansas Speedway is often known for it’s fuel mileage races and gambles to determine the outcome of the event. Brad Keselowski and crew chief, Paul Wolfe rolled the dice last year and outlasted Dale Jr. and Denny Hamlin to hit the “jackpot.”

My prediction for this weekend is 2010 Kansas Speedway winner, Greg Biffle will find himself in victory lane for the 2nd week in a row.

Tune into WBKR’s coverage of the SPT 400 beginning at 11AM on WBKR and WBKR.com.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Blake Smith