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 PREVIEWS

CLTR 18

BANK OF AMERICA ROVAL 400

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

September 30th, 2:00PM ET on NBC TV

2.28 miles, 17 turns

 

Playoff race #3

Only one race remains in the first stage of the playoffs. We’ll see four drivers eliminated in this race. A great deal of pressure will be on the field of 40 drivers, the most pressure however will be on the four drivers lowest in points: #14 Clint Bowyer, #48Jimmie Johnson, #20Erik Jones and #11 Denny Hamlin.  And to add to the pressure while they race at all too familiar Charlotte Motor Speedway, this race is the first under the Road Course Oval course or Roval. Instead of 1.5 mile oval with four turns, we have a 2.28 mile road course with 17 turns. A new course in pressure cooker conditions! This race will leave us with12 drivers in Playoff contention. For sure we know that #2 Brad Keselowski and #18 Kyle Busch will advance to the Round of 12 by virtue of their wins at Las Vegas and Richmond. #78 Martin Truex is locked in also by virtue of points.  Three of the twelve drivers in the Playoffs will advance from this race regardless of what happens. be, no matter what happens they will advance. #78 Martin Truex scored a road course win earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway and #9 Chase Elliott was the winner up at Watkins Glen in August. Will we have a third different road victor at the Roval or someone new? Who will get eliminated from the Playoffs?  We’ll know by the end of the day on Sunday.

 

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks in advance of the Bank of America Roval 400.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

Federated Auto Parts 400 from RICHMOND

My #5 driver is a three-time winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 35 starts, three wins and 13 Top 5’s. He my #2 ranked short track driver and also performs well at oddly similar Phoenix Raceway. Lastly, Kevin is just getting better here, in the last 14 races here Kevin has two wins and eight were Top 5’s!

My #4 pick is the hottest driver on the circuit, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad got the first Playoff win in lucky Las Vegas so we know he is set all the way to Kansas. You could say that now he is playing with house money and he can take some risks. Brad has 18 starts here, one win and four Top 5’s. His win came in the early race in 2014 but in April he finished 8th. He is my #7 ranked short tracker. Don’t forget with three straight wins he is #1 hottest over the last six races.

My #3 driver is another three time winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 24 starts, three wins and 11 Top 5 finishes. Denny is #11 hottest over the last six weeks and is rated #3 on short tracks. He finished 3rd here in April one of four straight Top 5’s here.

The #2 driver to watch is my #1 rated short track driver, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has nine straight Top 10’s here and six of those were Top 5’s and two were wins. In total Joey has 19 starts, a win in April 2014 and in April of 2017. He has a total of eight Top 5’s. He is #1 rated on short tracks but he finds himself #8 hottest over the last six races.

The number #1 driver is the most recent winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 26 starts, the five win’s, and 16 Top 5’s. For those counting at home that is 61% Top 5’s! Five of his last six starts here were Top 10 finishes, half were Top 5’s a big reason why he is #1 in average finish. We know he is good here and it doesn’t hurt that he is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. His team Joe Gibbs Racing have won half of the races here in the last ten years.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Bank of America Roval 400 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

Federated Auto Parts 400 from RICHMOND

 

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

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond.

 

 

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SHORT TRACK

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  8. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31

 

Top 10 drivers on Short tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams ranked and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

rir 16.2

FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400

RICHMOND RACEWAY

September 22nd, 7:30PM CHARLOTTE TIME NBCSN TV

¾ MILE 14 DEGREES of BANKING

Much of the praise and hype that surrounds the night race at Bristol is actually true about this race at Richmond International Speedway. RIR is an absolutely fantastic facility that delivers short track excitement with very, very fast speeds. This race used to determine who would make the 16 driver Playoff field. Now for the first it will help determine who stays in the Playoffs since Indianapolis was awarded the final regular season race. Now under the lights on a Saturday night Richmond will host it’s first Playoff race. The winner of this race will be guaranteed a place in the second round of three playoff races with a win just like Brad Keselowski who won Sunday in Las Vegas. He knows he’ll be in the Playoffs all the way to the race in Kansas. In 2009 Toyota got their first Cup win here from Kyle Busch. Since then the Toyotas have done very well. In fact from 2009 to now Toyota have won ten of the 11 races run. That includes five of the last six. Ten of those races were won by Joe Gibbs Racing. Chevrolet used to dominate here but they only have four wins since 2009. Ford have four wins in the last 19 races. Ford have won the last five races straight races this year and the last three by Brad Keselowski. Will Ford continue to dominate where Joe Gibbs Racing have won half of the last 20 races? We’ll find out Saturday night under the lights in the commonwealth of Virginia.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on short tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

LAS VEGAS: SOUTH POINT CASINO 400

My #5 driver to watch is just getting better here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has three Top 5’s in his ten starts. I say he is just getting better because his three Top 5’s came in his last five starts and all five were Top 10’s. He is #11 hottest over the last six races and ranked #5 for me on tracks like this.

My #4 driver is has been cooling off and NEEDS some desert heat, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 12 starts here, a win last year and two more Top 5’s. Talk about a cool ride Martin is #14 hottest over the last six races. But he is #2 ranked for me on tracks like this and he is the #3 point getter of the year.

My #3 pick is on a winning streak, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has won the last two regular season races. He rolls into Las Vegas where he has won two races, one in 2014 and again in 2016. He has ten starts, the two wins and four Top 5’s. Two wins in just ten starts is very strong. He has finished 7th or better in his last six starts here. Brad is my #3 ranked driver on tracks like this and sits seventh hottest over the last six races.

The #2 driver is the regular season Champion, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle sits #1 in points and is the #4 hottest driver over the last six races. He has 11 starts here, one win and four Top 5’s. Kyle finished #2 here in March to…

One of three two time winners here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin won here in 2015 and in March of this year. Kevin is my  #1 driver because of his two wins in just 12 starts and four Top 5’s.He also is #2 in points, #1 hottest over the last six races AND #1 ranked for me on tracks like this. 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

SOUTH POINT CASINO 400 at LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. RYAN BLANEY #12
  7. ERIK JONES #20
  8. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  11. KURT BUSCH #41
  12. CLINT BOWYER #14
  13. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  14. PAUL MENARD #21
  15. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  18. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  19. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  20. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  21. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  26. DARRELL WALLACE JR. #43
  27. REAGAN SMITH #95
  28. TY DILLON #13
  29. DAVID RAGAN #38
  30. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #32

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 for the SOUTH POINT CASINO 400 from Las Vegas.