Race Preview: Quaker State 400

Race Preview: Quaker State 400

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Quaker State 400

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Kentucky Speedway

4760 Sparta Pike, Sparta, KY

Laps: 267
Miles: 400
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 7:30 p.m. ET

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Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Kentucky Speedway ... This weekend marks Tyler Reddick's NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kentucky Speedway. Reddick has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, including one win from 2017 and two additional top-10 finishes. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Kentucky, never starting or finishing outside of the top 10. 

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Richard Childress Racing at Kentucky Speedway ...  Relatively new to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Kentucky Speedway is one of very few active race tracks where Richard Childress Racing has yet to find victory lane in 26 starts. The Welcome, North Carolina-based organization has a pair of third place finishes both coming from driver Ryan Newman in 2014 and 2016. RCR's NASCAR Xfinity Series program has a bit more history at the 1.5 mile racetrack with 69 starts. Among those starts include four wins with drivers Kevin Harvick (2001), Austin Dillon (June 2012 & September 2012), and Brendan Gaughan (2014). 

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Catch the Action ... The NASCAR Xfinity Series Kentucky 200 at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live Thursday, July 9, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live Friday, July 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

The NASCAR Cup Series Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live Sunday, July 12, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 


How does the traction compound come into play on race strategy at Kentucky Speedway?

"When we have the traction compound thrown into the mix, it's totally open-ended on what the race is going to be like at Kentucky Speedway. It depends a lot on the other series' races that happen earlier in the weekend and how that tire wear lays down on the traction compound. Honestly though, the biggest thing we've been fighting each weekend is weather and how that is going to affect the track surface and our race strategy. So if we can avoid having any weather this weekend, we should be able to watch the earlier races and see how they go. I do know that when the track surface does come in during the race, it is on and the competition goes up a notch. If you're trying to make up time, if you're trying to make passes or protect your position, you're going to have to get take advantage of that traction compound. It's going to be a huge factor this weekend."