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Sprint Cup driver, Aric Almirola returns to Wauters Motorsports driving the No. 5 Jordan Truck Sales (JTS) Ford F150.

Together they look to take the top spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday, October 6, 2012. Almirola and team owner Richie Wauters, have two second-place finishes together at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and look to pick up the victory in the running of the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.-Wauters Motorsports
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 08:14:00 PM

Chase Elliott barely failed to advance to the final round of qualification for Saturday night’s GoBowling.com 400. His lap of 189.003 mph was good enough for only 13th.

There is not much of a reason to panic where the rookie is concerned because he has so little experience on this track. He is close enough to the top 10 that a slight adjustment in race trim will earn positive points and make him a good value.
May 6 - 7:29 PM

Kasey Kahne was one of the big names failing to advance to the second round of qualification for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas. With a speed of 187.149 mph, he will line up 27th Saturday night.

This actually could improve his value somewhat in games that offer place-differential points. Kahne should finish somewhere in the mid-teens this week, which will earn 10 or more points for advancement.
May 6 - 7:13 PM

Kevin Harvick posted only the 26th fastest time in the first round of qualification for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway and failed to advance out of the first round of qualification. That is where he will line up Saturday night.

Harvick has been running well at Kansas, but most of his strong finishes came after strong starts. He has a current streak of 11 top-16 results, but that got kicked off in fall 2010 when he advanced from 24th to third.
May 6 - 7:10 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the quickest time in final practice for the GoBowling.com 400 with a speed of 181.496 mph set during his first 10 laps on track.

Kenseth was leading at Kansas last fall late in the going, but he did not have the best long-run car. That allowed Joey Logano to get to his back bumper, the No. 20 was spun out of the lead, and the die was cast for both racers. Kenseth does not want a repeat of the Hollywood Casino 400.
May 6 - 3:26 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 At Kansas Speedway. His speed of 183.286 mph was set from his second through 11th laps on the track.

Johnson has a scare in the final practice session when a malfunctioning ECU caused his engine to spin backwards. The team does not expect to replace the engine, however, and Johnson should still be considered one of this week’s favorites.
May 6 - 3:22 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. His top speed was 187.696 mph.

Truex enters the weekend with a seven-race streak of top-15s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Only one of these ended in a top-five, but he was one of the dominant points’ earners in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas and could be a great value this week.
May 6 - 3:04 PM

The engine on Jimmie Johnson’s car apparently started running backwards about 15 minutes into the second practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. He attempted to shut the engine down, but the team has not yet reported if this created a catastrophic issue. The ECU seems to have malfunctioned.

Johnson has experienced several strange occurrences such as his steering wheel coming off in his hands at Phoenix. If Johnson replaces his engine, he will be forced to roll off from the back of the grid regardless of where he qualifies.
May 6 - 1:52 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with a top speed of 185.893 mph.

Busch has the longest string of consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and there is no reason to believe this week will snap that streak. If he fits an appropriate slot on a fantasy player’s roster, he is an easy choice this week.
May 6 - 12:32 PM

In a 50-race career on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Aric Almirola has earned seven top-10s. Three of these were earned at Kansas including eighth-place results in spring 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Almirola swept the top 10 on this track type with another 10th in the fall. Last year, he earned a pair of 10th-place results at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has made this a track type on which he should be watched closely.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Brad Keselowski won the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was his 13th consecutive top-10 finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. That turned out to be a pyrrhic victory for the No. 2 team as he saw that streak snapped one month later at Texas Motor Speedway.

Still, the balance is in his favor this week and he should be able to rebound quickly. Most of his results during his long streak were outside the five, however, so he is expected to land somewhere between sixth and 10th in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.
May 6 - 12:12 PM

Paul Menard had a four-race, top-20 streak going when he rolled into Texas Motor Speedway a month ago for the Duck Commander 500. He finished that race in 26th.

He should be able to rebound to finish at least 20th because that was only the third time since the beginning of 2015 that he failed to do so. Even with three disappointing results, his average result on this track type in the past 13 races is better than 20th at 19.77.
May 6 - 12:11 PM




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