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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DRIVERS TO WATCH

MONSTER ENERGY OPEN

It is always tough to predict this night of racing but I will try. I think the three drivers with the best shot to advance from the Monster Energy Open and into the Monster Energy All-Star Race are #9 Chase Elliot, second year driver  #20 Erik Jones and the new comer to Stewart Haas Racing driver #10 Aric Almirola. Chase starts the night with five points’ starts here and one Top 5. That was a 2nd place finish last October in the Playoffs. Erik has just two points starts here and his best finish was 7th place in the Coke 600.Aric has surprised many by sitting at 11th in points and is in line to make the “Playoffs.” Aric has 11 starts here and never finished in the Top 10. The Open is always a place to expect the unexpected. More importantly he is #7 hottest over the last six weeks. One other driver will make it into the All-Star Race – the driver voted in by the fans. This will probably go to Chase Elliott but if he wins a segment than look for #38 David Ragan, this year the fan vote driver doesn’t have to be on the lead lap but the car must be “raceable.”

 

MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE

In the Monster All-Star race I’m looking at three drivers. My first is the hottest driver over the last six weeks, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has three points’ wins here in the Queen City and one All-Star win. His team Stewart Haas Racing has just one All-Star win in the 29 that have been run. That win came from team principle Tony Stewart. No one has won more races so far in 2018 so that makes him the man to beat. My next driver is the second hottest driver on the circuit right now #22 Joey Logano. Joey has one points win in 18 starts and won the All Star race in 2016. My third and last driver to watch is our current Cup champion. He has never won an All Star race and his team Furniture Row Racing has never won either, that could all change Saturday night. Martin has 25 points starts, two wins and five Top 5’s. His two wins came in his four starts and his five Top 5’s came in his last six starts. Will it be one of these three or one of the other starters? We’ll find out under the lights Saturday night.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Coke (World) 600.

Top Ten Teams

TOP 10 TEAMS POST KANSAS

 

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  4. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #5)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #4)

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #8)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #7)
  4. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#9)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #OFF)

 

 

Stewart Haas Racing stay at #1 for the fifth straight week. The Team Penske crew holds at #2. Joe Gibbs Racing remain at #3. Furniture Row Racing go up a place to #4 trading places with Hendrick Motorsports. Chip Ganassi Racing stay just outside the Top5 at #6 again this week. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #7. Richard Childress Racing drop a spot to #8. Richard Petty Motorsports also stay put they stay in the #9 place. Roush Fenway Racing return to the Top 10 at #10, they replace JTG Racing who drop out this week.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Friday we’ll tell you who we like for All Star weekend.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. MATT KENSETH #6
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  9. ERIK JONES #20
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

ALLSTAR18

MONSTER ENERGY OPEN

MAY 19th, 6PM ET on FOX SPORTS 1 TV

MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR RACE

MAY 19th, 8PM ET on FOX SPORTS 1 TV

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Saturday night is NASCAR’s All Star evening. Since we see the best drivers every week why have an All Star evening? Because it is a throwback to old school: Saturday Night heat racing, where most of these drivers came from, done on an incredibly massive scale. First up on Saturday night we’ll see the MONSTER ENERGY OPEN, a race for all drivers who do not qualify for the following race, the MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR RACE. (In other words the Monster Energy Open is for drivers who are in the top 50 in points that are not eligible for the Monster Energy All Star Race.) The Monster Energy Open will be run in three segments. The first two segments both 20 laps and a third segment of 10 laps. Each segment winner will advance to the Monster Energy All Star Race along with a driver voted on by the fans. In total we’ll see four drivers come back later Saturday night.

At 8PM Charlotte time Saturday night we’ll see the Monster Energy Star Race. We’ll see it with a very big change this year. Along with the four drivers from the Sprint Showdown, the Monster Energy All Star Race is made up of drivers who won a race in 2017, drivers who have won so far in 2018, and past winners of this race. The race will be run in four stages, the first stage will be 30 laps, the next two 20 laps each and the final a 10 lap shootout. Each winner of the first three stages gets a spot in the final stage. The winner of stage four is the 2018 Monster Energy All Star Race winner. It all adds up to a gripping fight-to-the-front finish for $1 million. The last 10 laps will be a crazy dash for cash. I have seen drivers do things on the track in this race they would never do in a points’ race. So why race at all? For the prestige of winning, for a piece of the over $2 plus million purse-$1 million to the winner, also because that’s what NASCAR drivers do: race to win and race just for the sake of racin’.  And the big change for this year? The rules package the cars will run. Restrictor plates will be in use at 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, along with a 6-inch high spoiler (with two 12-inch ears), a 2014 style splitter and aero ducts.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on intermediate tracks.

 

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

KC Masterpiece 400 from KANSAS

My #5 driver only has five starts here, #12 Ryan Blaney. Ryan has just the five starts but three were Top 5 finishes, 60%, very good. All of his five races were Top 15 finishes. Look for yet another great finish from Team Penske’s youngest driver.

The #4 driver to watch is has had some very tough races here over the years and his stats show it, #41 Kurt Busch. Kurt hits the wheat state with 24 starts, no wins and just three Top five’s. But it is important to note that two of his Top 5’s came in the last four races. Kurt finished second to Martin Truex in the Playoff race here last year.

My #3 driver considers this race his “home”, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin’s shop is located about eight hours west of the track but it is the closest track to the shop, which is based in Denver. Martin has six Top 5’s in his 19 starts and two wins. He swept this track last year in an amazing fashion. He rolls in here #9 in points and 17th hottest over the last six races. He has been doing well but he isn’t over performing in the first ten races like he did last year, so look for a strong Top five finish.

My #2 driver is developing strong stats here, #4 Kevin Harvick. But Kevin is a two time former-winner here, he won the autumn race in 2013 and in 2016. Kevin has 24 starts, two win’s and just seven Top 5’s. Six of his Top 5’s and both wins came in the last nine races helping him to the #1 highest average finish here.

My #1 driver is the hottest driver over the last six races, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 20 starts, one win and five Top 5’s. All of his Top 5’s came in his last six starts including his win in this race in 2016.  Kyle is still #1 in points and #1 hottest over the last six races.

 

Monday look for our preview of the MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR RACE from Charlotte.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

KC MASTERPIECE 400 from KANSAS  

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. KURT BUSCH # 41
  5. RYAN BLANEY #12
  6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  7. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  11. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  12. KASEY KAHNE #95
  13. CLINT BOWYER #14
  14. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  15. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  17. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  18. MATT KENSETH #6
  19. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  20. KYLE LASRSON #42
  21. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  23. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  24. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  25. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  26. TY DILLION #13
  27. ERIK JONES #20
  28. PAUL MENARD #21
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the KC MASTERPIECE 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DOVER

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  4. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)
  5. FURNITURE ROW (LW #4)

 

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #7)
  3. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #8)
  4. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#9)
  5. JTG RACING (LW #OFF)

 

Stewart Haas Racing stay at #1 for the fourth straight week. That win in Dover from Kevin Harvick didn’t hurt them keeping the top spot again. This is a week that we see very little movement amongst the big teams. Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing stay in place and are very close. Hendrick Motorsports make another move up this week this time to #4 and they trade places with Furniture Row Racing who need to get their pit crew situation a little more buttoned down. Chip Ganassi Racing who were very strong at this point last year stay at #6 again this week. Richard Childress Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports all stay put. Roush Fenway Racing drop out of the Top 10 and that leaves room for JTG Racing to return.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Kansas Speedway.