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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TOP FIVE DRIVERS

QUAKER STATE 400 from KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver has never won here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin sits #2 in points and #3 hottest over the last six weeks. He has never finished here in the Top 5 but he five straight Top 10 finishes. Also he has won in the Camping World Truck Series and in the Xfinity Series here in the Commonwealth.

My #4 driver has not only never won here, he has never finished Top 5, #20 Erik Jones. Erik is #6 hottest over the last six weeks and more importantly coming off a bif win Saturday night at Daytona. His only start was last year and he finished 6th

My #3 driver to watch has won here before –three times!- #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won the Cup race here two years ago,  two years before that and two years before that. Brad has also won in the Xfinity Series. Brad comes in here 5th in points and #6 hottest over the last six weeks.  Brad who is known as a high risk high reward driver finished 37 here last year. But he is three time Cup and Xfinity winner.

My #2 driver is very hot right now, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. Here he has seven starts and one Top 5 finishes. That was his win here last year, making him the defending champion of this race. Almost more importantly he is #1 ranked on tracks like this. 

The #1 driver to watch won here in the Camping World Truck series, the Xfinity series, AND was the first driver to win here in the Monster Energy Cup series, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle won Kentucky Speedway’s debut Monster Energy race and won again three years ago. In his seven races five have been Top 5’s. The highest percentage of any driver. He has 12 wins in all three series here, will he make it 13? We’ll find out Saturday night.

Monday look for our preview of the Foxwoods 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

Quaker State 400 from KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY  

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. ERIK JONES #77
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. KURT BUSCH # 41
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  11. CLINT BOWYER #14
  12. MATT KENSETH #6
  13. RYAN BLANEY #12
  14. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  15. KYLE LARSON # 42
  16. PAUL MENARD #21
  17. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  18. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  19. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  20. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  21. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. KASEY KAHNE #95
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  26. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  27. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  28. MICHAEL McDOWELL #34
  29. DAVID RAGAN #38
  30. TY DILLON #13

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Quaker State 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DAYTONA

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

 

For the third week in a row we see Furniture Row Racing at the #1 spot. Not only did they hold their place all the teams held their spots. Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports all stay put in the Top 5. Even the big exciting win from Erik Jones can’t move his team up. Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Childress Racing, JTG Racing and  Roush Fenway Racing all also stay in place this week. As we roll into a race in Kentucky look for some team movement next week.

 

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. KYLE BUSCH #18
  7. KYLE LARSON #42
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. JAMIE McMURRAY #1

 

Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

 

ky 13QUAKER STATE 400
KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
July 14th, 7:30 PM Charlotte Time NBCSN TV
1 ½ Mile, 17 Degrees of Banking turns 1 &2, 14 Degrees of Banking turns 3 &4

For 17 years NASCAR has been running races at Kentucky Speedway. The Camping World Truck series and the Xfinity series have both run here, and we saw the Sprint cars debut here seven years ago. Of the Monster Energy cup races run here so far, two of the four winners had won here previously in another series, so it does appear experience on this track is beneficial. Kyle Busch #18, William Byron #24 and Ty Dillion #13 have won here in the Truck series. Kevin Harvick #4, Joey Logano #22, Austin Dillon #3, Ryan Blaney #21, Kyle Busch #18, and Brad Keselowski #2, have won here in the Xfinity series. Kyle Busch has won here in both series. Does that mean those are the only drivers who can win come Saturday? Not really, but it does give those drivers a bit of confidence going into the race. The two drivers to keep an eye on will be Kyle Busch who won here in ALL three series, twice in the truck series, two times in the Xfinity series and twice here in Cup, and Brad Keselowski who has three Cup wins and three Xfinity series wins.  What will happen this year? Well we really don’t know because the entire track has been repaved two years ago. In addition turns 1 & 2 have seen the banking increased from 14 degrees to 17 degrees and the width lessened by 18 feet. Look for faster speeds on the backstretch and more mayhem on turns 3&4. Will we see a new name in victory lane like Matt Kenseth #20 in 2013 or Martin Truex #78 in 2017, or a repeat winner? We’ll find out Saturday night.

Tuesday look for our top 10 drivers on tracks similar to this one, in advance of the Quaker State 400.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

QUAKER STATE 400 from KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver has never won here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin sits #2 in points and #3 hottest over the last six weeks. He has never finished here in the Top 5 but he five straight Top 10 finishes. Also he has won in the Camping World Truck Series and in the Xfinity Series here in the Commonwealth.

My #4 driver has not only never won here, he has never finished Top 5, #20 Erik Jones. Erik is #6 hottest over the last six weeks and more importantly coming off a bif win Saturday night at Daytona. His only start was last year and he finished 6th

My #3 driver to watch has won here before –three times!- #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won the Cup race here two years ago,  two years before that and two years before that. Brad has also won in the Xfinity Series. Brad comes in here 5th in points and #6 hottest over the last six weeks.  Brad who is known as a high risk high reward driver finished 37 here last year. But he is three time Cup and Xfinity winner.

My #2 driver is very hot right now, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. Here he has seven starts and one Top 5 finishes. That was his win here last year, making him the defending champion of this race. Almost more importantly he is #1 ranked on tracks like this. 

The #1 driver to watch won here in the Camping World Truck series, the Xfinity series, AND was the first driver to win here in the Monster Energy Cup series, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle won Kentucky Speedway’s debut Monster Energy race and won again three years ago. In his seven races five have been Top 5’s. The highest percentage of any driver. He has 12 wins in all three series here, will he make it 13? We’ll find out Saturday night.

Monday look for our preview of the Foxwoods 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

COKE ZERO 400 from DAYTONA

 

  1. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. KURT BUSCH #41
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  7. PAUL MENARD #21
  8. RYAN BLANEY #12
  9. CLINT BOWYER #14
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  11. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  12. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  13. MICHAEL McDOWELL #34
  14. KYLE LARSON #42
  15. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  16. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  17. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  18. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  19. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  20. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  21. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  22. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  23. DAVID RAGAN #38
  24. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  25. ERIK JONES #20
  26. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  27. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  28. KASEY KAHNE #95
  29. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  30. LANDON CASSILL #99

 

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.