NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Prerace Notes

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

This week NASCAR returns to Kansas Speedway for the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Kevin Harvick won his first pole in seven years. He will be leading the field to green hoping to use his great starting and pit stall to get back into contention for the Chase.

The Chase appears to be down to three drivers Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.  Kevin Harvick is the next driver but he is an astounding 39 points back which is almost one whole race. If any of the top three have engine trouble or get into an early wreck he would be ready to pounce. In order to stay that way he has to continue to cut the deficit down. Read about it here. http://www.rantsports.com/nascar/2013/10/01/does-a-fork-earning-race-put-you-out-of-the-chase/

This track statistically is one of the best for Greg Biffle. If he is to have any chance at winning the Championship he has to capitalize on his strength and win the race just like Harvick. He has a lot of work to do because he had a horrible qualifying attempt. He will start 26th, the worst of all the drivers in the Chase.

Matt Kenseth won the Nationwide Race on Saturday at Kansas. Kyle Busch might have to watch his back after turning Brad Keselowski on the front stretch. Keselowski is mad and this just might continue in the Cup race today.

Both Kurt and Kyle Busch wrecked in separate incidents in the first practice. There teams elected to go to back up cars and they will start the race from the back.

The weather is forecast to be about as perfect as can be at Kansas Speedway. The only blemish is a good one it is supposed to only be in the upper 50’s. Although it will be cold for the fans the tire grip will be good and the track speeds will be as fast as can be.

If you can’t get to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 it will be televised on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET on Sunday October 6th.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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