With the NASCAR playoffs heading to the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway this week, the pressure is really on for those drivers trying to make the Championship Four in just a few races. This will be the second race at Kansas this season as the other one came on a Thursday night in July after the All-Star race. A win at this 1.5-mile track will punch a driver’s ticket to Phoenix and a shot to go for the Cup title but if the racing is similar to what we saw here earlier in the year, getting a win is more easily said than done.

This track has progressive banking in the corners which widens the racing grooves and gives drivers the choice of going the faster way around, on the bottom of the corners, or carrying more momentum through the corners by driving up by the wall and trying to get a run down the straightaway. While this race will start during the day, as did the Thursday race, the night time won’t be a factor this time though with this race being in the middle of October, the...