The NASCAR Sprint Cup entourage lands in the middle of the United States at Kansas Speedway. When you're in the middle of it all, it seems you can drive any way you want and take forever getting there.
That's kind of what happened when I tried to figure out who might win the Sunday Cup race (April 22). You could put a bunch of numbers in a hat and pick who will win just as easy. But I looked it over and after some hard calculating, we've got a list of six who should battle for the win (listed alphabetically). I chose a winner at the end.
Greg Biffle - The points leader proved last week that he just may be the car to beat in 2012 with a win at Texas. Kansas is another mile-and-half track so is it possible he could do it again? Biffle had the pole last fall (source - ESPN) and has two wins and six top threes over the last eight years.
Jeff Gordon - When he doesn't have mechanical issues, he's usually a top five finisher at Kansas. Gordon won the first two races at the track and was fourth at this race a year ago.
Jimmie Johnson - After his bad start at Daytona, he has not finished worse than 12th and his second last week at Texas was dominant. Johnson has two wins at Kansas including the fall race last year plus he has six straight Top 10s.
Matt Kenseth - Three Top 10s in a row at Kansas makes him a contender. Kenseth is number two in the points because he's been a model of consistently good runs - this should be another one.
Brad Keselowski - This is more a gut feeling than a numbers thing because he's been hit-and-miss so far in 2012. However, he did win this same race a year ago on fuel conservation ... Oh, and was third in the fall.
Tony Stewart - He's another hit-and-miss kind of guy this year although when he hits, it's usually a win. He has two wins and has always done very well at Kansas.
The longshot pick would be Kasey Kahne because he was second here in the fall and has two poles. Can a darkhorse pick ever be Kyle Busch? I'll make him one because he's going to win sooner or later.
So who's the winner of the Kansas race this spring? The point's leader Greg Biffle. Nothing he does this year or at Kansas says anything other than win number two (in-a-row) for the Biff in 2012.
Source - Racing Reference, NASCAR
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.
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