Publish Date: 05/14/2022
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What an exciting finish at Darlington last Sunday. Joey Logano got his first win of the 2022 season in an exciting but controversial fashion, by running hard into race leader William Byron on the last lap of the race almost wrecking him out. This Sunday the drivers will head to Kansas Speedway, for the first mile and a half track since Atlanta. I’m excited once again to see how the Next Gen car will perform on the mile and a half tri-oval tracks. I believe the Next Gen cars have been a huge win for Nascar this season, and I think it will add some excitement to the mile and a half tracks that have become notorious for providing a boring racing environment. Don’t forget to join Steve Risley, Joe Spilman, and Ryan Peters on The Grueling Truth Nascar Show Wednesdays at 7 pm as they recap all the action from the previous week and give you their top picks for the next race. You can Find the Grueling truth on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Google Podcast, and I Heart radio,
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Kyle Larson had what was turning out to be a very good day, ruined by a spin-out, followed by a blown engine last week at Darlington. However once again Larson is the favorite for this week’s race in Kansas, and I think until another driver proves to be more dominant, or capable of being more dominant, Larson will probably continue to be the weekly favorite for the upcoming stretch of a mile and a half-track. Larson is +700 to win, +175 to finish in the top 3, and -120 to finish in the top 5. Check out the top sports betting sites for NASCAR!
Martin Truex Jr. is a mile and a half tri-oval track master. Truex has also raced extremely well at Kansas averaging an 8th place finish over 27 cup series starts at the track with 2 wins. If Truex can figure out how to control the late-race aggression that has gotten him into trouble several times this year I would expect to see him competing for a win this Sunday. Truex Jr. is + 1000 to win, +250 to Finish in the top 3, and +125 to finish in the top 5.
Chase Elliott was only slightly beat out by Larson this week to be the favorite. Elliott has historically run well on the mile and a half track, and in the last six races at Kansas, he has averaged a top 5 finish. Expect to see Elliott running near the top again this week and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take home his second checkered flag in just three weeks. Elliott is +700 to win, +200 to finish in the top 3, and -115 to finish in the top 5.
Denny Hamlin is another driver that historically runs well at a mile and a half tri-oval. Hamlin also has 2 wins in the last 6 races at Kansas and a top 5 finish. If Hamlin is not hamstrung by his pit crew again this week, I expect to see him up near the front when the checkered flag waves. Hamlin is +700 to win, +200 to finish in the top 3, and -115 to finish in the top 5.
Kevin Harvick is coming off his best finish of the season Last Sunday at Darlington. Harvick also has run very well at Kansas finishing in the top 3 in the last three races and averaging a top 5 in the last six. I look for Harvick to finish well this week possibly taking home his first checkered flag of 2022. Harvick is +1800 to win, +500 to finish in the top 3, and +225 to finish in the top 5.