The third race of the month will happen at the Kentucky Speedway, where Kevin Harvick will look to go back to back after winning the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400. But will the Bakersfield-born speedracer add another win to his record, or will another take the flag on this checkered NASCAR Cup Series season? Let’s see what the experts have to say with their picks for the 2020 Quaker State 400.
Expert Picks and Predictions for the NASCAR Quaker State Presented by Walmart 400 NASCAR Cup Series Race on July 12, 2020
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky
When: Sunday, July 12, 2020, green flag at 2:30 PM ET
CBS Sports (Sportsline)
|Mike McClure||Ryan Blaney|
The model of SportsLine’s Mike McClure is looking at a great performance by Ryan Blaney at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney, who is +1200 to win the 2020 Quaker State 400, is hoping to recover quickly from his 32nd-place performance at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 last weekend. He could dod that at the Kentucky Speedway, where he’s finished inside the top 10 twice in four career starts. His best finish there to date was a runner-up at the 2018 version of the Quaker State 400. Blaney’s only win so far this season was at the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway last June.
|Expert||Watch out for|
|Rocky Atkinson||Denny Hamlin|
|Andy Lang||Matt Kenseth|
Hamlin (+600) is another driver aiming to shake off the bad taste of a bad last start, as he’s finished just 28th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That performance snapped his incredible streak of top-four finishes, during which he’s won two races at the Toyota 500 and Dixie Vodka 400. Hamlin hasn’t won at Kentucky Speedway, but in nine starts there, he’s collected four top 5s and seven top 20s.
Kenseth (+4000) surprised a lot of people when he finished second overall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway out of nowhere last Sunday, but for Andy Lang of WagerTalk TV, that’s not a fluke. Will Kenseth bring that kind of form to this week’s race? Let’s just say that Kenseth has a win, three top 5s, and six top 10s in eight career starts there.
|Expert||Don’t sleep on|
|PJ Walsh||Alex Bowman|
PJ Walsh of the Action Network is seeing great value on Alex Bowman, who’s +1800 to win the 2020 Quaker State 400. Walsh’s confidence in Bowman is anchored on the driver’s performance in past races held at tracks similar to the Kentucky Motor Speedway. Bowman, however, has just a 30.75 career average finish in Sparta.
TopBet News Editor – Ryan Simpson
|Ryan Simpson, TB News Editor||Kevin Harvick|
Ryan Simpson thinks Kevin Harvick will continue to be hot. Harvick has been on a roll, winning two races in the last three races and has four on the season. Harvick’s momentum could fuel his success at Kentucky Motor Speedway, where he’s not won before. Harvick has a career average finish of 10.78 in nine races there.
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