NASCAR Pre Race Media: Sunday’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN) race favorites/preview

TRACK: Kansas Speedway – (1.5-mile oval) DISTANCE: 267 Laps – Stage 1: 80 Laps, Stage 2: 80 Laps, Final Stage: 107 Laps, 400.5 Miles

Starting Lineup

Favorites – Big Drivers Ones To Beat

Brad Keselowski

He was in the top four in both races last year to go along with four top six finishes in his last five Kansas starts. Keselowski, also has three top two’s in his last four spring race starts at Kansas as well.

Kevin Harvick

Is this the spot to where Harvick can turn things around? He was in the top four in both races last year and has seven top two finishes at Kansas since 2013.

Denny Hamlin

He’s been dominant this season to go along with winning two of the last three Kansas races overall too.

Martin Truex Jr. 

Since 2017, he’s had a top 10 in all but one Kansas start including sweeping both race wins in 2017. In fact, he has six top six results in his last eight tries.

Chase Elliott

He’s had four top six finishes in his last five Kansas starts.

Kyle Larson

He won on a similar Las Vegas track back in March and has had three top eight finishes in his last four Kansas tries.

Joey Logano

He won the last race at Kansas and was fast in the other race before getting caught up in a crash.

Kyle Busch

Worth a play here. He has three top five finishes in his last five Kansas starts.


We turn over to a new month and we’re sitting here with nine different winners in 10 races. The playoff race is heating up by virtue of that as some big named drivers have still yet to reach victory lane. Do they get there on Sunday?

Last year, both Kansas races were a byproduct of the current racing package. I expect the same on Sunday with clean air being king.

Of Note

We’ve seen 14 different winners in the last 20 races on intermediates including 12 straight.

It all started nearly two years ago, on June 30, 2019 at the Chicagoland Speedway to be exact, with Alex Bowman. Then, Kentucky Speedway (Kurt Busch), Las Vegas in the Fall (Martin Truex Jr), Kansas (Denny Hamlin), Texas (Kevin Harvick) and Homestead (Kyle Busch) to close out the season.

Last year, we had Las Vegas (Joey Logano), Charlotte (Brad Keselowski/Chase Elliott), Atlanta (Harvick), Homestead (Denny Hamlin), Kentucky (Cole Custer), Texas (Austin Dillon), Kansas (Brad Keselowski), Vegas (Kurt Busch), Kansas (Joey Logano) and Texas (Kyle Busch) following suit.

So far, we’ve had three 1.5-mile tracks in 2021. One occurred in Homestead. William Byron won. The next was in Las Vegas with Kyle Larson. Then, the last coming in Atlanta. Ryan Blaney won that event.

We’re running out of names to keep this going? All that’s left on the big teams not on this list are Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, or Aric Almirola. If we want to keep the streak going to 13, then you can have someone like Truex Jr. or Bell with JGR, Bowman for HMS or the duo at SHR.

Key Stat

We’ve had 10 spring races at the Kansas Speedway with 8 different winners in it. Only Brad Keselowski (2011, 2019) and Denny Hamlin (2012, 2020) have won this race multiple times. Coincidentally enough, they won the first two and the last two.

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