NASCAR is continuing their odd-named races this season by heading to Kansas for the Buschy McBusch Race 400! The 400-mile race will be split into three stages of 80-80-107 and will begin at 3 pm ET on FS1. After his win at Talladega, Brad Keselowski will be on the pole.
What’s up With the Name?
We’re down to 4 finalists, and we need your help to decide the final name for the @NASCAR Cup Series Race at @KansasSpeedway on 5/2.— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) March 8, 2021
Reply with your favorite below using #BuschContest. The one with the most votes wins! pic.twitter.com/z5xJ8FSTqX
This year Busch beer is sponsoring the race at Kansas, but they decided to do something different. Which “different” for Busch is kind of their usual. Earlier this year, they held a fan contest to name the race. Fans could spend a dollar to suggest a name, and the cash submitted would be donated to the Farm Rescue Fund. Busch matched each donation with a dollar of their own. The four finalists were “The Busch Latte 400”, “Nectar of The Cobbs 400”, “For the Farmers 400”, and of course, “Buschy McBusch Race 400”. All four submissions were top tier, in my opinion, but I’m glad the one that won was chosen. Now that we got that cleared up, onto the preview.
As stated previously, Brad Keselowski (2) will be on the pole with William Byron (24) in second. Row two will be Michael McDowell (34) and Kevin Harvick (4) with Matt DiBenedetto (21) and Austin Dillon (3) behind them. Row four will consist of Ryan Blaney (12) and Christopher Bell (20). Kyle Busch (18) and Cole Custer (41) will round out the top ten. Most of the other usual suspects who run up front will have to start towards the rear of the field due to issues at Talladega last week.
Will Another Repeat Winner Prevail?
Heading into the 11th race of the season, we have only seen one repeat winner, Martin Truex Jr. Will he be joined by another 2021 winner this weekend? Kansas has seen several different winners over the past years. Drivers like Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Truex himself are the only ones who have won at Kansas before who also has a win this season.
This could be another good weekend for a new driver to win. Chase Elliott has won here in the past and could really use a win. Kevin Harvick has also had some luck here, and he is yet to visit victory lane this year. This weekend could change the tide for several big names that haven’t won yet that we are used to seeing.
After a rough week at Talladega for the Hendrick team, other than Byron finished second. I think each one of them will be looking to leave last weekend behind them. Especially Elliott, who has been rather quiet this season after winning it all in 2020. If anyone can slip away with a surprise win, it’s the driver of that number 9 Camaro. He’s the only Hendrick driver not to win this season, and I’m sure he’s starting to itch for a trip to victory lane.