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Quaker State 400 Preview: Saturday Night Shootout

Mark Taylor

Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A five-time FSWA award winner, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year each of the last two years. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

The Monster Energy Cup Series will race under the lights for a second consecutive weekend as the schedule offers the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. After years of playing host to NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events the intermediate oval, Kentucky hit the big time in 2011, when the facility was awarded its place in the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule. The 400-mile event raced at night at Kentucky Speedway has now become a fixture in the 36-race schedule that crowns NASCAR's champion.

The Kentucky tri-oval has a very similar configuration to Kansas Speedway in terms of banking and size. The teams that just dominated at ...

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