Kentucky Speedway will host the 2019 Quaker State 400 on Sunday, the latest race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 1-½ mile track was repaved and reconfigured in 2016, and the staff will add PJ1 traction compound and use the Tire Dragon to add some grip to the surface. Martin Truex Jr has won two straight Quaker State 400’s and has won four races in 2019. Kyle Busch won this event back in 2011, the first running. One difference between this speedway and some other tracks is the lack of banking. The corners are rounder, so finding a way to keep corner speed is a unique challenge. We have your NASCAR odds for the race as well as suggestions for your wager cards.
NASCAR 2019 Quaker State 400 Odds & Betting Preview
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Driver Odds to Win the 2019 Quaker State 400
- Martin Truex Jr 7/2
- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick 5/1
- Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano 8/1
- Chase Elliott 10/1
- Kyle Larson 12/1
- Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin 20/1
- Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch 25/1
- William Byron, Aric Almirola 40/1
- Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez 60/1
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr 100/1
- Ryan Newman 200/1
- Chris Buescher, Paul Menard, Daniel Hemric, Matt DiBenedetto 500/1
- Michael McDowel, Ryan Preece 1000/1
- Ty Dillon, David Ragan, Darrell Wallace Jr 2000/1
- FIELD (all others) 1000/1
Busch has finished in the top ten twice since it was repaved three years ago, coming in fourth and sixth — and he cracked the top ten the year before as well. This year, he has cracked the top ten on ten different occasions, including Las Vegas, Atlanta, Kansas and in Fort Worth. He seems due for a breakthrough, and he offers a ton of value here.
Jones has two career races at Kentucky Speedway as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and he has come in sixth and seventh. This type of track seems to suit him, as he has finished in the top ten on four different races on 1-½ mile tracks in 2019. He also offers a lot of value.
Almirola came in eighth here in 2018, and he has three top-ten finishes in his last five races overall. He can in seventh at another 1-½ mile track earlier in 2019. He is a sleeper in terms of value, but he also pulled off surprises last year as the 2018 campaign ran down, so keep your eye on him.
Keselowski has to be looking for redemption after rolling in 39th last week — and he usually finishes well after a disappointing outing. He has won the Quaker State 400 three times and has six top-seven finishes in his last eight starts here. He has three wins at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and a couple of second-place finishes here with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr. has finished in the top three the week after each of his last four finishes outside the top ten. He is looking for a three-peat here (as we mentioned above), and he has five top-ten finishes in his last seven races. He also has not gone more than two races without a win since April, when he won the Toyota Owners 400.
He now has two straight finishes outside the top ten, but he also has a pair of first-place trophies from this race and has six top-five finishes in his last eight Quaker State 400 starts. He has five wins here combined in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, so despite the relatively low value, he’s worth considering.
Want one more dark horse? Ryan Newman has three top-ten finishes in the last four races, and he came in fifth a week ago. Given his value, he’s an interesting pick — especially when you consider that he has three top-five finishes in eight Quaker State 400 starts.