In the last race on this track type, Reed Sorenson finished 36th at Texas Motor Speedway in the Duck Commander 500, but he was more than 15 laps off the pace when the checkered flag waved.
Kasey Kahne does not have a lot of success in 2016, but what little does have was earned on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He enters the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with back-to-back top-10s at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney has earned five NASCAR Sprint Cup top-10s in his career and two of those came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. One of his top results was earned last October when he finished seventh in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting eighth.
Clint Bowyer earned his second top-10 in the last three races by finishing seventh at Talladega SuperSpeedway. He was also eighth at Bristol Motor Speedway and those two top-10s could give the No. 15 team the momentum needed to score their first top-20 on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track this season.
Joey Gase will get behind the wheel of the No. 32 this week and he has been incredibly consistent on this track type. He has not been particularly strong, however, with three 37th-place result and a 38th in four starts. Two of these starts came at Kansas Speedway.
Cole Whitt has scored one top-30 in three starts in his current Premium Motorsports ride. The good news is that came in his most recent outing at Texas Motor Speedway when he improved from 37th to 30th.
Kurt Busch enters the GoBowling.com 400 with a current streak of 10 consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. This streak was started at Kansas Speedway last spring and Busch has an average finish of 7.1 in that span of races.
Austin Dillon entered Texas Motor Speedway this April with four consecutive top-15 results on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He sustained crash damage and finished 19th in the Duck Commander 500—two laps off the pace.
In four starts with Front Row Motorsports on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Chris Buescher has been running at the end of every race and finished 30th or better. He is looking to rebound quickly at Kansas Speedway after taking a wicked tumble at Talladega SuperSpeedway last week that has him batter and bruised.
Josh Wise’s expectations may actually be a little higher than this, but if he can earn a top-35 at Kansas, it will at least match his best 2016 effort on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Daniel Suarez (#19 ARRIS Toyota Camry) finished seventh in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
Ty Dillon (#3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro) finished 20th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
Justin Allgaier (#7 Breyers Chevrolet Camaro) finished second in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
Tyler Dippel (#38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet) was credited with a 19th place DNF in Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.
Chase Briscoe (#77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge) finished third in Friday's ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway.