Hollywood Casino 400 Preview: Round of 8 Intensifies

Hollywood Casino 400 Preview: Round of 8 Intensifies

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This week the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Cup will reach a fever pitch.  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 at Texas last week, the quest for the championship moves on to this well-known intermediate oval. 

The eighth 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 just May of this year that the stars of NASCAR were locked in combat at this intermediate oval.  The data from that race, the Buschy McBusch Race 400, will be fresh and applicable to the field for this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400.  

The oval of Kansas Speedway is our third and final intermediate oval event in the

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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