This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This week we kick off the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Cup. For the eight remaining drivers in the playoff field the pressure continues to increase and so do the stakes. This Sunday we travel to Kansas Speedway and take the next steps in determining this season's champion. For the drivers that were fortunate enough to avoid trouble and elimination at the Charlotte Roval last week, the quest for the championship moves to this well-known intermediate oval.
The seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Cup, the series pays its second visit of the season to Kansas Speedway just outside Kansas City for the Hollywood Casino 400. When we think of the Kansas oval we think of the many intermediate ovals on the circuit. This oval may not be exactly like Charlotte, Texas or Atlanta, but it could easily be the most important oval regarding the Chase for the NASCAR Cup Series championship by the time we reach Phoenix in November. As we visit the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas this weekend the schedule offers up a huge advantage to fantasy racing players and the drivers alike. For it was only 12 short weeks ago that the stars of NASCAR were locked in combat at this intermediate oval. The data from that race, the Super Start Batteries 400, will be fresh and applicable to the field for this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400.
The oval of Kansas Speedway is just our second intermediate oval event in the Chase