Fords led the way at Talladega and they’re doing it again at a much different playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
Joey Logano isn’t one of the drivers left in the NASCAR Playoffs who needs a win at Kansas Speedway this weekend to stay alive, but he’d certainly take a victory if one comes his way. By starting from P1, he’s got a better than average chance.
For the second straight week, Ford drivers grabbed a hold of the top qualifying spots for the Hollywood Casino 400, led by Joey Logano on the pole. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola are right behind in second and third, while Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski — who is in must-win territory — will start fourth and fifth, respectively.
Erik Jones and four Toyota drivers took the sixth through ninth spots, though the only one still alive in the playoffs is Kyle Busch, who starts seventh. Alex Bowman will take his best shot at the win he needs to advance to the Round of 8 from 10th, the fastest qualifying effort among Chevrolets.
Kyle Larson’s bad week continued as he only managed to qualify 27th. Larson’s team was hit with an L1-level penalty for Talladega, subtracting 10 points from his total and leaving him well behind Martin Truex Jr. for the eighth and final spot in the next round.
Coverage of the Hollywood Casino 400 begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Don’t forget that the XFINITY Series race is on Saturday at 2:55 p.m., also on NBC.
2018 Hollywood Casino 400 starting grid for Kansas Speedway
(p) – driver still alive in NASCAR Playoffs
- Joey Logano (p) – No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
- Kevin Harvick (p) – No. 4 Busch Light Ford
- Aric Almirola (p) – No. 10 Smithfield Ford
- Ryan Blaney (p) – No. 12 Menards/Wrangler Riggs Workwear Ford
- Brad Keselowski (p) – No. 2 Discount Tire Ford
- Erik Jones – No. 20 Craftsman Toyota
- Kyle Busch (p) – No. 18 M&M’S Halloween Toyota
- Daniel Suarez – No. 19 ARRIS Toyota
- Denny Hamlin – No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota
- Alex Bowman (p) – No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet
- Kurt Busch (p) – No. 41 Haas Automation/Mobil 1 Ford
- Martin Truex Jr. (p) – No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota
- Chase Elliott (p) – No. 9 Mountain Dew Chevrolet
- Clint Bowyer (p) – No. 14 Dekalb Ford
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – No. 17 Fastenal Ford
- Ryan Newman – No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet
- William Byron – No. 24 Unifirst Chevrolet
- Paul Menard – No. 21 Menards/NIBCO Ford
- Trevor Bayne – No. 6 AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford
- Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald’s Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet
- Chris Buescher – No. 37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevrolet
- Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet
- Austin Dillon – No. 3 Dow Chevrolet
- Michael McDowell – No. 34 Coburn Supply Company Ford
- AJ Allmendinger – No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet
- Regan Smith – No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall Chevrolet
- Kyle Larson – No. 42 Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet
- David Ragan – No. 38 MDS Transport Ford
- Bubba Wallace – No. 43 Transportation Impact Chevrolet
- Ty Dillon – No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet
- Matt DiBenedetto – No. 32 Plan B Sales Ford
- Ross Chastain – No. 15 Durkin Tactical.com Chevrolet
- Jeffrey Earnhardt – No. 96 Xtreme Concepts/iK9 Toyota
- Corey LaJoie – No. 72 Dragonchain Chevrolet
- Landon Cassill – No. 00 Share Foundation Chevrolet
- JJ Yeley – No. 23 BK Racing Toyota
- Kyle Weatherman – No. 99 StarCom Fiber Chevrolet
- BJ McLeod – No. Jacob Companies Ford
- Reed Sorensen – No. 7 Harrah’s North Kansas City Chevrolet
- Timmy Hill – No. 66 Ternio Toyota