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.

 

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FORD EcoBoost 400 from HOMESTEAD-MIAMI

My #5 driver to watch is the defending Monster Energy Cup Champion, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has ten starts here with three Top 5’s and a HUGE win last year that got him the Monster Energy Cup. All three of his Top 5’s came in the last four races.  He is #4 ranked for me on tracks like this and rolls in here 5th hottest over the last six races.

My #4 driver is coming off a big win in Phoenix, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny is ranked #7 on tracks like this but is also #2 hottest over the last six weeks. He has 14 starts here, a win in 2013 and four Top 5’s’- 29%. Denny has great momentum coming out of Phoenix but sadly I think he may come up a little short.                                          

My #3 driver to watch has the highest percentage of Top 5’s, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 16 starts at this track on this configuration, a win five years ago and nine Top 5 finishes 63%. He is #1 in average finish and in his 16 starts, 15 have been Top 10’s. His last five races were all Top 5’s. He is #2 rated on tracks like this. He is also #3 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #2 driver won here four years ago, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 14 starts, that win and four Top 5’s- 29%. Kyle is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He is also #3 rated on tracks like this. He finished fourth here last year and even though he has been strong this year he hasn’t been as dominate as he has in the past.

The number #1 driver won here two years ago when he won the championship, #19 Martin Truex Jr. He is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. But more importantly he is #1 ranked at tracks like this. He has been killing it at all the 1.5 mile tracks all year long but he has been slightly better on the higher banked tracks. Here, he has 14 starts and five Top 5 finishes- 36%. He got a win here two years ago and last year finished second to Cup Championship winner Joey Logano.

Monday look for our year end Top Ten teams.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FORD ECO BOOST 400

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. KURT BUSCH #1
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  12. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  13. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  14. ERIK JONES #20
  15. CLINT BOWYER #14
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  17. MATT DIBENEDETTO #95
  18. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  21. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  23. DARRELL WALLACE JR. #43
  24. TY DILLON #13
  25. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  26. RYAN PREECE #47
  27. DAVID RAGAN #38
  28. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  29. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  30. LANDON CASSILL #00

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Ford Eco Boost 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST PHOENIX

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

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 19 weeks straight and most of the year so it is not  surprising that they remain at the top spot after #11 Denny Hamlin got the win in the desert. JGR stays at #1 and Team Penske hold at #2. But Stewart Haas Racing does drop a spot to #4 and Chip Ganassi Racing move up a place to #3. Hendrick Motorsports stay at #5. After 35 I wouldn’t expect too much more change and there isn’t any. Wood Brothers Racing, Leavine Family Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing all stay in place this week.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at the Ford Eco Boost 400.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

FORD ECO BOOST 400: HOMESTEAD MIAMI

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

Top ten drivers on tracks like Homestead Miami, tomorrow look for our Top Ten Teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the Ford Eco Boost 400.

RACE PREVIEW

MIAMI HOMESTEAD FORD ECOBOOST 400

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

November 17th, 3PM EST NBC TV

1 Mile 20 Degrees of Banking

Stages end after laps: 80/160/267

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 42 drivers showed up at Daytona in February to get into the Daytona 500. Forty drivers started the race hoping not only to win the race but kick off the 2019 season in the best way possible. Denny Hamlin won and left 39 drivers thinking we’ll try again next race. Thirteen different drivers found Victory Lane from six different teams this season. Nine races ago sixteen drivers made it into the NASCAR Playoffs and a chance to win the Cup –  twelve drivers have been slowly eliminated leaving four to decide the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Champion. Now after thirty-five races, it all comes down to one race, all points have been thrown out. It is all about just this one race.  Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin will all battle for the Championship. This track was reconfigured just before the 2003 season. Since that time six teams have found Victory Lane.  Roush Fenway Racing has the most victories since then, six. But none since 2010. Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins, with two coming from Denny Hamlin in 2009 and 2013 and one coming from Kyle Busch in 2015. Stewart Haas Racing has two wins, with one coming from Kevin Harvick in 2014. Hendrick Motorsports has two. In 2017 Martin Truex got a win for Furniture Row Racing and locked himself into the Championship. Last year Joey Logano won and got his first championship. The highest finisher will win the Championship and a win will put you in. Who will snag the Championship?  We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks going into Homestead-Miami.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

Bluegreen Vacations 500 from ISM Raceway

The #5 driver has actually struggled here over the years, #10 Aric Almirola. Aric has 17 starts here in the desert and just two Top 5’s to show for it. Those two Top 5’s were 4th place finishes that came in his last two races. He is outside of the Top 10 in my track ranking and outside the Top 10 in hottest over the last six weeks. But Aric can make things happen on a flat track and just finished 2nd at Texas so we know he is far from starting his off season.

Our #4 pick is a former winner and in the Playoff hunt, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny won here in early 2012, more telling is his 12 Top 5’s in 28 starts-43%. Denny sits 5th in points and 20 points out of the Top 4, to make it to Miami he’ll need to win or get a Top 5 and hope Joey Logano or Kyle Busch have a total collapse, which is a tough ask. Denny is the #3 hottest driver and ranked 3rd on flat tracks.

Like Aric Almirola the #3 pick didn’t get here with great stats, #19 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 27 starts and just four Top 5’s. Three of his four Top 5’s came in his last four starts. Also he is locked into the Championship four in Miami, a top five driver on flat tracks and #1 hottest over the last six weeks. Also don’t forget he finished 2nd here earlier in the year.

The #2 driver is the winning-est driver here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is a nine time winner here, in just 33 starts-27%! He has 16 Top 5’s- 48%! He is the #1 ranked flat track driver and second hottest coming off a win at Texas. He finished 5th here last year and 9th this spring.

My #1 pick is the defending champion of this race AND the most recent winner, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has three wins in 28 starts and ten Top 5’s- 36%. Not as stunning as Kevin Harvick but his last eight races were Top 10’s and seven of the eight were Top 5’s. Kyle is #2 ranked on flat tracks and sits 10th hottest over the last six weeks. If Kyle wins he goes to Miami to battle for a championship. If not he has hope he has enough points to remain in the top four. A Top 3 finish should get him there.

These are the Top 5 drivers for ISM Raceway, Monday look for the preview of the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 3O DRIVERS

Bluegreen Vacations 500

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  6. RYAN BLANEY #12
  7. KYLE LARSON #42
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. JOEY LOGANO #22
  11. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  12. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  13. ERIK JONES #20
  14. CLINT BOWYER #14
  15. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  16. KURT BUSCH #1
  17. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  18. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  19. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  20. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  21. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  22. PAUL MENARD #21
  23. TY DILLON #13
  24. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  25. DARRELL WALLACE #43
  26. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  27. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  28. ROSS CHASTAIN #15
  29. LANDON CASSILL #00
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

These are the Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500. Friday we break down the Top5 at ISM Raceway.