Quaker State 400

July 13, 2019

7:30 PM ET

Televised by NBC


The NASCAR season moves on to its 9th race of the season. The Quaker State 400 will be run on Saturday, July 3, 2019, at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The track is a 1.5-mile tri-oval that first opened on June 16, 2000. Its attendance capacity is 69,000 fans. Martin Truex Jr. has won this event the past two seasons.

Let’s look at some of the competitors that will likely give Truex a difficult time winning here again.

Brad Keselowski didn’t do well at Daytona last week and finished in a dismal 39th place after getting 5th at the Chicagoland Speedway the week before that. History shows Keselowski has finished well in Kentucky with three wins and six top ten finishes in ten races. As a 3-time winner (2012,2014,2016), he has to be in the conversation to win it again.

Kyle Busch needs to retain his hot race of earlier this year. In the past two affairs, he has finished 14th in Daytona and 22nd in Chicago. He has bounced back before this season as he was 30th in Kansas and then went scorching hot with a five-race streak of good finishes. Last season Kyle Busch finished fourth in this race.

Ryan Blaney almost won this last year and finished in second place. The Penske team has always had good success at the Kentucky Speedway so that translates well for this driver. Don’t count him out for this one.

Joey Logano is certainly capable of winning every week. However, with that said, he has never won on this track but has finished in the top ten five times and was a second-place finisher in 2015.

Kevin Harvick has six consecutive top ten finishes and has enough “hotness” to win this race. He has no wins in Kentucky. He has some things to work out with his team to be a top contender.

Erik Jones has two starts on this track and they got him a sixth and a seventh place. He has the ability to win in Kentucky. He loves night races and this gives him the advantage to sneak into the winners’ circle.

Daniel Suarez is due to win. He is 17th in the standings after a 40th place finish last week in Daytona. The motivation for him is he is 3 points out of the playoff picture. His history in Kentucky has him finishing well in two starts.


Odds to Win the Coke Zero Sugar 400
Odds as of July 4th

Joey Logano +700
Brad Keselowski +700
Denny Hamlin +1000
Kyle Busch +1100
Chase Elliott +1100
Kevin Harvick +1100
Kurt Busch +1400
Ryan Blaney +1400
Clint Bowyer +1400
Aric Almirola +1800
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +1800
Martin Truex Jr. +1800
Alex Bowman +1800
Kyle Larson +2200
Paul Menard +2500
Jimmie Johnson +2500
Erik Jones +3300
Daniel Suarez +3300
William Byron +3300
Matt DiBenedetto +4000
Austin Dillon +4000
Ryan Newman +4000
Daniel Hemric +5000
Chris Buescher +8000
David Ragan +8000
Michael McDowell +8000
Ryan Preece +8000
Darrell Wallace Jr. +8000
Ty Dillon +10000


There are many racers that are worthy of winning this race but our pick:
Keselowski wins the 2019 Quaker State 400.


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