Kentucky Fantasy Forecast

THE RACE: Quaker State 400
THE PLACE: Kentucky Speedway
GREEN FLAG: Saturday, July 9, 2011 – 7:48pm/et, 6:48/ct

After years of trying to land a race with NASCAR’s premiere series, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Kentucky is set to host the inaugural running of the Quaker State 400. The track is a 1.5-mile tri-oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns, similar in layout to Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.

The following drivers have the best odds of pulling out a top finish this weekend. The rankings are based on drivers’ history at this track including practice & qualifying runs, key in-race stats and final results. Drivers’ history at tracks of similar size and layout are included. Then by factoring in results from the last month of racing, the ever-powerful momentum is captured. Finally, drivers get a mulligan. The occasional “off” race won’t unduly harm them in the rankings.

1) 24 Jeff Gordon
2) 99 Carl Edwards
3) 48 Jimmie Johnson
4) 14 Tony Stewart
5) 17 Matt Kenseth
6) 11 Denny Hamlin
7) 18 Kyle Busch
8) 29 Kevin Harvick
9) 22 Kurt Busch
10) 16 Greg Biffle
11) 4 Kasey Kahne
12) 5 Mark Martin
13) 33 Clint Bowyer
14) 6 David Ragan
15) 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
16) 39 Ryan Newman
17) 83 Brian Vickers
18) 20 Joey Logano
19) 27 Paul Menard
20) 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21) 43 A.J. Allmendinger
22) 2 Brad Keselowski
23) 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
24) 00 David Reutimann
25) 31 Jeff Burton

Debut At Kentucky Speedway, Second In State
There’s not much history in Kentucky for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; in fact it’s one-race long.

But there are some interesting names involved. The race took place at Corbin Speedway, a

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