Super Start Batteries 400 Preview: Backtracking to Kansas

Super Start Batteries 400 Preview: Backtracking to Kansas

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

We're two months late heading to Kansas, thanks to the Coronavirus disruption of NASCAR.  As the old saying goes "better late than never."  The revamped schedule offers the chance to make up the postponed Kansas race of late May, and for the eighth time in 2020, the NASCAR Cup Series goes intermediate oval racing as we visit Kansas Speedway for what was supposed to be the spring event of this season.  

The Super Start Batteries 400 will take our competitors back to an intermediate oval for the third week in a row.  The 1.5-mile oval of Kansas Speedway may not give us a sequel of what played out at Texas last Sunday, but the action we saw at Kentucky just two weeks ago could be a preview of Kansas Speedway this Thursday night. 

The teams that dominated at Kentucky Speedway are sure to be licking their chops for this visit to America's heartland.  While Kansas offers 17 to 20-degree corner banking compared to 14 to 17-degree corner banking at Kentucky, the similarities are enough to warrant reconsideration of almost the same driver group that we had at the Sparta, Kentucky oval.  Both tracks are the "D" shaped configuration so the handling characteristics will be much the same.  However, as we ran during the daylight hours at Kentucky, we will be racing under the lights this week at Kansas.  That one wrinkle could play a minor role in altering the driver group just a bit.  One thing is for certain, the

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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