Hollywood Casino 400 Preview: Can Kesoloweski Continue Success at Kansas; Other Notables and Predictions

Entering Kansas back in June, no one was expecting Brad Kesoloweski to win the STP 400.  Many were expecting guys like Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and or Carl Edwards to win the race.  With abit of fuel strategy, Kesoloweski beat out Dale Earnhardt Jr, and went on to win the race.  Kansas was Kesoloweski’s first Sprint Cup Series win since that wild race at Talladega in April of 2009.

Coming into the 2nd Kansas race, Kesoloweski is coming off a disappointing 20th place finish at Dover, and is looking to get back on his winning ways at the track that kick-started his summer run.  After winning at Kansas in June, the driver for Penske Racing went on to win at Pocono, and Bristol.  During his summer run towards the chase, Kesoloweski only had one race after Kansas where he finished a lap down or worse.

When asked if he can bounce back after Dover, Kesoloweski said

“We do want to send a message this weekend that we are going to fight to the finish.”

Its definitely going to be interesting to see if Brad can bounce back from last week, and have a great run.  He will definitely be someone that we’ll have to watch.

Here are some additional things to know in preparation of the Hollywood Casino 400.

Headlines Heading Into the Race
Bowyer to MWR: As posted on October 5th, ESPN.com’s David Newton is reporting that Clint Bowyer is expected to announce a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing.  5 Hour Energy is expected to be one of Bowyer’s sponsors.

Race Entry List:
The entry list for the Hollywood Casino 400 can be found HERE.

SCS Predictions:
I am expecting guys like Carl Edwards, and Brad Kesoloweski to finish well on Sunday.   Fuel/pit strategy will more than likely come to play when it comes down to the last pit-stop.  However, if this race has alot of cautions, then it may turn out to be a normal race, and ruin pit strategy for many.

My Predicted Winner for Kansas is:  Jimmie Johnson

I am picking Jimmie Johnson to win the Hollywood Casino 400 because of his great finishes at Kansas.  He finished 7th in June, he finished 2nd last season, he finished 9th in 09, and he won in 2008.  With that kind of success at Kansas, I believe Johnson will continue to climb to the top of the chase, and win at Kansas.

What do you think?  Who will win the race? 


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