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Five Hottest NASCAR Drivers After Kansas

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Things are indeed still hot after the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway, and it is not necessarily the drivers. From Aric Almirola’s back injury to Danica Patrick’s car catching fire has gotten more talk than Martin Truex Jr’s victory. From the talk of Kansas to the build up of Monster Energy’s first All-Star Race has been the biggest talk all season, and the best wishes for Aric Almirola continue to pour in. While all this continues to settle in, here are the five hottest NASCAR drivers after Kansas.

  1. Brad Keselowski: After a 34th place finish at Bristol, Keselowski has put up two runner ups in the last three including behind Kansas winner Truex. Holding the most top tens in nine of the eleven races run in 2017, he looks to be a lock to win championship number two after the All-Star break. Since Joey Logano now has a streak of 32nd of worse going, Keselowski now must make up for his teammate’s absence which doesn’t look like much of a problem.
  2. Ryan Blaney: The Go Bowling 400 is by far the biggest race he has had for Wood Brothers Racing starting from the pole for the first time of his career, not to leave out a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500. Leading 83 laps and winning Stage Two is no doubt the biggest highlight for the single car driver. A fourth place run after five consecutive finishes of 12th or worst is what WBB needed before the break. Just have to hope the All-Star break doesn’t slow down his sudden momentum.
  3. Kyle Busch: Winning Stage One and leading 59 laps at Kansas helps build his consecutive top five streak back up to two, but as you know anything less than a win is not satisfying enough at this point with Joe Gibbs Racing. One thing the team should be thankful is Daniel Suarez getting his third top ten finish (seventh). Starting in the top ten for the fourth consecutive time in 2017 continues to build also, but a fifth place start is only his second of the season.
  4. Jamie McMurray: Whatever his young teammate Kyle Larson can’t do, the veteran for Chip Ganassi Racing appears to make up for it, of course it wasn’t actually the case with Larson finishing sixth. With an eighth place Kansas finish, McMurray now has three consecutive top tens going back to Richmond along with his second place finish at Talladega. Just as most likely mentioned before, both are headed for career years with CGR.
  5. Kevin Harvick: The unfortunate 23rd place finish at Talladega didn’t seem to stop Harvick from getting a third place spot at Kansas. With four top fives in the last five, Harvick is pretty much the best thing going at the moment for Stewart-Haas Racing. Throw in seven consecutive top ten starts including the pole at Texas, sooner or later like Kyle Busch, Harvick will get his first 2017 win somewhere even if it is winning the million in the All-Star Race.

Notables: Regan Smith has been tapped to replace Aric Almirola in the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday night, which is most likely at least a precaution. Smith is racing in the Monster Energy Open to vie for one of four spots to get in. Almirola suffered a compressed fracture of the T5 vertebra and is expected to hold a press conference at Charlotte on Friday to address the situation.

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