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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Quaker State 400

Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking ranks the top drivers racing in this coming weekend's Quaker State 400!

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Quaker State 400

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After another crashed-filled restrictor-plate race at Daytona last weekend, the Cup Series will return to a more traditional oval for Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Of course, Kentucky is arguably the biggest wild-card among the many 1.5-mile tracks on the schedules. This weekend's race will be just the sixth Cup event held at Kentucky, and in addition to being the newest track on the schedule, it has been repaved and slightly reconfigured since last year's race.

Prior to the repave, Kentucky had become notorious for having one of the roughest and bumpiest surfaces of any track on the schedule. However, it remains to be seen what type of feel and style of racing new-look Kentucky Speedway will bring, so there is an element of uncertainty heading into Saturday's race.

With that in mind, I'm going to head into the weekend with the idea of leaning on the same drivers that have excelled at Kentucky in the past. That being said, I'm going to have a close eye on the practice sheets, and I'm not going to hesitate to adjust my lineup based on results from practice and qualifying.

1. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

He is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and Busch has owned Kentucky since it joined the Cup Series schedule. His four top five finishes, 438 laps led and 3.8 average finish here are all tops in the series, and his two victories are tied for the most. Busch is also one of three active drivers who has finished in the top 10 in all five races at the track.

2. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]

Keselowski is a two-time winner at Kentucky, taking the checkered flag in both 2012 and 2014. Overall, he has four top 10s and a 9.6 average finish in five starts here, and his 408 laps led at Kentucky are the second most of any driver.

3. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

He has finished seventh or better in all five starts at Kentucky, and his 4.6 average finish at the track ranks second overall. Kenseth went to victory lane here in 2013, and he has cracked the top five in all three starts since joining Joe Gibbs Racing.

4. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE[YAHOO CLASS A]

Since joining Team Penske in 2013, Logano has reeled off three straight top 10s at Kentucky, compiling a 5.0 average finish. He has also led more than 20 laps in each of the last two races here, finishing a career-best second in last year's event.

5. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]

Although he is still looking for a win at Kentucky, Johnson is one the short list of drivers who have cracked the top 10 in all five races at the track. Meanwhile, his 7.4 average finish and 203 laps led here both rank third in the series.


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