What to Watch For:
Playoff hopeful Ben Rhodes is the defending race winner. He is one of two former winners in the field, the other being veteran Matt Crafton.
There are no full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the field, good news for the series regulars given that Kyle Busch won all of his five starts earlier this season, using up his quota in the series.
Johnny Sauter will compete in his second race following a suspension for overly aggressive driving at Iowa. In the five starts since his victory at Dover, Sauter has finished no better than 13th.
The competitor with the highest driver rating in this year’s field is Brandon Jones (fourth overall at 97.4), who is not running for the series title. Of the title contenders, Todd Gilliland has the highest rating (96.3), followed closely by Rhodes (95.6).
The last five races at Kentucky have been won by drivers starting first, second or third, a statistic that underscores the importance of qualifying at the 1.5-mile track.
With four races left in the regular season, Grant Enfinger holds a commanding 52-point lead in the standings over second-place Stewart Friesen. Enfinger has scored 10 top 10s in 12 races and has completed all but three of a possible 1,950 laps.
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