Kasey Kahne | No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet | Hendrick Motorsports
Kahne has finished inside the top 10 in four straight appearances at Kansas, with a pair of runner-up finishes. During that time he's held an average running position of at least 12th. However, for a variety of reasons, Kahne has gone five starts this season without a top-10 finish but has run well enough at Kansas in recent years to believe that slide will end this week.
Brad Keselowski | No. 2 Miller Lite Ford | Penske Championship Racing
Since winning the early 2011 race at Kansas, Keselowski has finished 11th or better in four consecutive starts at the site. Back in April he placed sixth after qualifying all the way back in 33rd.
Despite not being eligible to defend last year's championship, Keselowski put together a respectable start to the Chase until rear-end damage spoiled a sound effort last week at Dover.
Martin Truex Jr. | No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing
After struggling at Kansas for several years, Truex finished as the runner-up in each race last season, leading nearly 65 percent of the spring contest. This past April he led 46 more laps and finished fourth.
Truex has fallen outside the top 20 only once in the last 11 races and is now facing an uncertain future with his primary sponsor leaving MWR.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Ford | Roush Fenway Racing
Stenhouse went from running strong at Kansas in the Nationwide Series to qualifying third when facing the track for the first time in the Cup. The rookie would lead a total of 26 laps and had to overcome losing a lap due to bad timing of a caution flag to finish 11th this past April. This track, which has been kind to Stenhouse thus far, makes him the ideal bottom-tier driver this week.
Temper your expectations
Joey Logano | No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford | Penske Championship Racing
Logano is hot once again following his third-place finish last week at Dover. However, he's yet to find much happiness in the heartland. In eight career Kansas starts, he's managed only a single top-15 finish despite a mix of sound qualifying results.
Brian Vickers | No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing
Vickers didn't race at Kansas during the 2007, 2010 and 2012 seasons and has recorded only one top-10 in the seven appearances he did make from 2004 through 2011.
JGR tabbed Vickers to fill in for an injured Denny Hamlin earlier this season but he would finish outside the top 30 at Kansas after making contact with the wall. Over the last two weeks Vickers has finished seventh and 12th despite poor qualifying results but would need to look really great throughout the week to consider starting.
About Eric McClung
Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a two-time award finalist. He's also made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts.
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