This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
In the wake of the wild and unpredictable race at Talladega, we're in for a change of pace this weekend. For the fourth time in 2021, the NASCAR Cup Series goes intermediate oval racing. We visit Kansas Speedway for the spring event, which debuted in April 2012. The Buschy McBusch Race 400 will take our competitors back to an intermediate oval after a six-week hiatus from these style tracks. The 1.5-mile oval of Kansas Speedway may not give us a sequel of what played out at Atlanta a few weeks ago, but the teams that performed well at the Georgia oval in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 should be in for another strong race weekend. The teams that dominated at Atlanta Motor Speedway are sure to be licking their chops for this visit to America's heartland.
While Kansas only offers 15-degree corner banking compared to 24-degree corner banking at Atlanta, the similarities are enough to warrant reconsideration of almost the same driver group that we had at the Georgia speedway. Both tracks are the "D" shaped configuration so the handling characteristics will be much the same. However, the racing surfaces of the two tracks are completely different. Atlanta is very abrasive and tire wear is the biggest issue, but Kansas is much less a tire wear track. That one wrinkle could play a big role in altering the driver group just a bit. One thing is for certain, the remarkable parity we've seen so far on these style ovals