RACE DR on the RADIO

RACE DR ON THE RADIO

Check out the RACE DR throughout the year on SIRIUS-XM NASCAR RADIO CH 90. The favorite haunt of the Race DR. is Mojo Nixon’s Manifold Destiny on Monday nights usually in the 11PM hour, Charlotte time. Check out the Race DR as he gives his picks for the upcoming race inside the Mojo Dojo.

 

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RACE PREVIEW

FIRST DATA 500

Martinsville Speedway

October 27th, 3:00 PM ET, NBCSN TV

.526 Mile, 12 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #7

Stages end after laps: 130/260/500

We are six races through the ten race Playoff for the Monster Energy Cup. Drivers #22 Joey Logano, #14 Clint Bowyer,    #24 William Byron   and #88 Alex Bowman have been eliminated from the Playoffs. #18 Kyle Busch, #11 Denny Hamlin, #19 Martin Truex, #2 Brad Keselowski, #12 Ryan Blaney, #4 Kevin Harvick, #9 Chase Elliott,  and #42 Kyle Larson  will all move on. These eight drivers are from five different teams. The only teams with a chance at a championship are Stewart Hass Racing, Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. All eight drivers are looking for a win that will lock them in to the championship race in Homestead. This is the last of the season’s six short track races. We know that short tracks bring on short tempers and with just four races to go in the season, the drivers are doing what they must to gather enough points to claim a successful season. We probably won’t see a lot of patience on the track – bump and run could be the phrase of the day, or worse yet, dump and run. Chevy has won 50% of the races here in the last 10 years. In those 20 races over the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports accounts for 30% of those wins and their engine shop 45%. Jimmie Johnson is the winning-est current driver here with nine trips to Victory Lane. #2 Brad Keselowski is the defending Champion of this race and his team mate #22 Joey Logano won here earlier in the year in a Team Penske Ford. Joe Gibbs Racing and their Toyota’s are tied with Hendrick Motorsports in number of wins (6) in the last ten years. Will Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy return to Victory Lane? Or will we see Ford or Toyota chip away at team Hendrick’s and Chevy’s dominance. We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 short track drivers.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

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My #5 driver is facing elimination and is the defending champion of this race, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase sits two places behind 8th place #22 Joey Logano and 22 points back. He needs a win or a lot of points to be in the Top 8 to make the Playoffs. This will all be on the minds of Chase and the other drivers sitting outside the Top 8. Chase has seven starts, the win last year and three Top 5’s 43%.  

My #4 driver is the most recent winner here in the sunflower state, #2 Brad Keselowski. The good news is that it was his second win here in 19 starts, the bad news is that he has just four Top 5’s here, 21%. He is 8th hottest over the last six weeks and is #6 ranked on track like this.    

The #3 driver to watch is a former winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 23 starts one win and six Top 5’s 26%. Those stats are not so good but those six Top 5’s came in the last nine races. Eight of his last nine races were Top 10’s with a win-he’s just getting better here.  He is #2 rated for me on tracks like this. His one win came in the early race in 2016.

My #2 driver to watch is a three time winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is the #1 hottest driver over the last six weeks, even with a few runs of bad fortune. Kevin has 27 starts, three wins, and eight Top 5’s. Seven of those Top 5’s came in the last 12 stops here and all his wins – one reason he has the #1 average finish. He is also rated #5 for me on tracks like this.

My #1 driver is the #1 rated driver on tracks like this, #19 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 22 starts, two wins and eight Top 5’s. Beside being rated #1 on tracks like this, he is  #2 hottest over the last six races. Four of his last five races here were Top 5 finishes.

Monday look for our preview of the First Data 500 from Martinsville Speedway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400 from KANSAS  

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. KYLE LASRSON #42
  10. KURT BUSCH # 1
  11. CLINT BOWYER #14
  12. RYAN BLANEY #12
  13. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  14. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  15. ERIK JONES #20
  16. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  17. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  18. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  19. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  20. PAUL MENARD #21
  21. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  22. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  23. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  24. TY DILLION #13
  25. DAVID RAGAN #38
  26. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  27. RYAN PREECE #47
  28. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  29. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

 Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST TALLADEGA

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #3)
  4. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #4)
  5. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #5)
  6. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #8)
  7. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  8. LEAVINE FAMILY RACING (LW #6)
  9. GERMAIN RACING (LW #9)
  10. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #OFF)

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 15 weeks straight and most of the year so it should be no surprise that they’ll stay there even with the win from #12 Ryan Blaney from Team Penske. JGR stays at #1 and Team Penske holds at #2 again this week. Also Stewart Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing all remain unchanged this week. The bottom half of the Top 10 is far from unchanged. Roush Fenway Racing move up two spots to #6. Wood Brothers Racing stay in place at #7. Leavine Family Racing drop back two places to #8. Germain Racing stay at #9. And closely allied team Richard Childress Racing returns to the Top 10 at #10. Richard Petty Motorsports get edged out of the Top Ten.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at the Kansas.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KYLE LARSON #42
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. RYAN BLANEY #12
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 Drivers for Sunday’s Hollywood 400 from Kansas Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

KANSAS SPEEDWAY

HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400

Oct 20th, 2:30PM CHARLOTTE TIME NBCSN TV

1.5 miles 15 Degrees of Banking

Stages end after laps 80/160/267

Playoff Race #6

Kansas Speedway hosted race #12 in May of this year. #2 Brad Keselowski won that race. With Brad Keselowski a total of seven Playoff drivers have found victory lane here. In addition to Brad they are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. The first race held here was in 2001. Since that first race Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins with seven. In the last ten years though things have been a little closer. Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske have four each. Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart Haas Racing all have three wins in the last ten years. Adding to the pressure we’ll see four drivers get eliminated from the Playoffs. Drivers Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer and William Byron, are on the bottom of the points rankings and need a win to stay in the Playoffs or a great deal of bad luck on the part of other drivers. Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney because of wins are safe and know they are moving on in the Playoffs. Who will lock into the Group of Eight and into the next round and what team will dominate? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers by track type. Thursday we rank the Top 30 drivers for the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway.

TOP 5 DRIVERS

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The #5 driver to watch is a former winner here and he’s looking for a job, #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ricky found out a week ago that he would not be returning to Roush Fenway next year. His best chance for a great result before it’s over is right here where he has 12 starts, one win and five Top 5’s 42%. Four of his last six races have been Top 5’s. A major reason he is #1 here in average finish.

My #4 driver to watch has never won here, #1 Kurt Busch.  Kurt has 37 starts and eight Top 5’s. He is my #6 ranked super speedway track driver and he has been eliminated from Playoffs so points don’t matter so he can and will take risks.

My #3 pick is another former winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 27 starts, one win and six Top 5’s. He is #2 in points and 5th hottest over the last six races. Half of his last six races were Top 5’s. He has had an incredible knack of staying out of trouble where is all to easy to get caught in someone else’s bad decision.

My #2 driver to watch is the most recent winner here, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase had a horrific day in Dover, losing his motor early in the race. He is just hoping not to get caught up in a big wreck that can happen here and get taken out. Chase has seven starts, one win and three Top 5’s, 43%. That one win came in April and if he doesn’t wreck out or blow a motor he should finish Top 5.

My #1 driver to watch is currently outside the Top 8 and faces elimination after Kansas, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has three wins in 21 starts and 8 Top 5’s. He finished in the Top 5 in his last four starts half of his eight total Top 5’s. He is #3 rated on plate tracks and really needs a win or a huge points haul to miss getting cut next week.   

Monday look for our preview of the Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway.