Hollywood Casino 400 Free Picks
KANSAS CITY, MO (ATS Consultants) - The sixth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to the Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday.
Last year, Jimmie Johnson won the title and is the co-favorite along with Denny Hamlin, having won twice with five straight top 10s at this race. Brad Keselowsi is still in the lead for the Chase with Johnson, who finished third last week, climbed to within seven points of first place. After a string of six straight top-10s, including a pair of wins, Keselowski finished 11th in Carolina. Greg Biffle is another drive who has had great success at Kansas Speedway and ranks sixth on the points list, 43 behind Keselowski.
Biffle has averaged an eighth-place finish over his career at Kansas that includes two wins. Biffle and his team struggled with the aero changes NASCAR mandated halfway through the season,which hurt their performances on this type of track. But they found some speed at Charlotte last week and came in fourth, their best finish on a 1.5-mile track since a fifth at Kansas in April.
After winning the race at Talladega two weeks ago, Kenseth couldn’t have had a much poorer showing at Charlotte last week. But he has had some success here as he has finished in the top ten at Kansas in five of his last six starts there and always seems to run well on this type of track.
In April Sam Hornish Jr. drove an “experimental car” for Penske Racing at Kansas. In that race he started in 10th and finished 19th. In his prior stint in the Sprint Cup series he had finishes of 36th, 18th and 33rd. He’s been very good at high speed intermediate tracks since he’s been back full-time. The most notable performances that have fantasy baring for this race are his 12th at Michigan and 11th at Chicagoland.
2012 Hollywood Casino 400 Race Info
Race Date: Sunday, Oct. 21
Location: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
Start Time: 2:00PMET
Green Flag: Approx. 2:16pm ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Radio Coverage: Motor Racing Network (MRN/Sirius NASCAR Radio)
Track Type: 1.5 miles oval, 267 laps, 400miles
Last year’s Top 5
1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 19)
2. Kasey Kahne (5)
3. Brad Keselowski (12)
4. Matt Kenseth (4)
5. Carl Edwards (2)
2011 Jimmie Johnson, Cherolet, 137. 181mph
2010 Greg Biffle, Ford, 138.077mph
2009 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 137.144mph
2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 133.549mph
2007 Greg Biffle, Ford, 104.981mph
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