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.

 

PRESEASON TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS PRESEASON 2021

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  11. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  12. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  13. ALEX BOWMAN #48
  14. CHRISTOPHER BELL #20
  15. DARRELL WALLACE JR #23
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. COLE CUSTER #41
  18. TYLER REDDICK #8
  19. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  20. CHASE BRISCOE #14 
  21. ERIK JONES #43
  22. DANIEL SUAREZ #99
  23. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  24. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  25. ROSS CHASTAIN #42
  26. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  27. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  28. RYAN PREECE #37
  29. COREY LAJOIE #7
  30. ANTHONY ALFREDO #38

This is the second installment of our preseason Top 30 drivers. On Monday, January 25th look for our next update.

PRESEASON TOP 10 TEAMS

 TOP TEN TEAMS 2021 PREVIEW

  1. TEAM PENSKE (2020 #1)
  2. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (2020 #2)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (2020 #3)
  4. STEWART HAAS RACING (2020 #4)
  5. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (2020 #5)
  6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (2020 #6)
  7. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (2020 OFF)
  8. CHIP GANASSI RACING (2020 #7)
  9. 23XI RACING (2020 OFF)
  10. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (2020 #10)

This Top 10 is not that much different from the 2020 end of year Top 10. The top six teams are the same. At #7 we find Richard Petty Motorsports who just missed the Top 10 at the end of 2020.  They start the season with new driver Erik Jones right behind Richard Childress Racing an organization they have an alliance with. Chip Ganassi Racing drop a place from where they ended the year, in part because they have Ross Chastain in the #42 car for his first full Cup season. At #9 we find a brand new entry, 23XI Racing. This brand new entry from Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin and driven by Bubba Wallace. Based on the fact that they have equipment from Joe Gibbs Racing, a known quantity and driven by Bubba Wallace another known quantity. Lastly at #10 we have Roush Fenway Racing starting this year where they ended the year last year.                                 

Monday January 11th look for our debut of our Preseason Top 30 Drivers for 2021.

TOP TEN TEAMS

END OF THE YEAR TOP TEN TEAMS

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

After the last race of still see a little movement in the Top 10. #9 Chase Elliott gets the win and a championship, but that is not enough to get Hendrick Motorsports into the top spot. HMS does  make a big move into #2 from #4. Team Penske hang on to the top spot, with three drivers in that collectively got eight wins. Joe Gibbs Racing and nine wins during the year slid back a place into the #3 place. Stewart Haas Racing and their ten wins also slid back a place to #4. #21 Matt DiBennedetto was winless but consistent and Wood Brothers Racing stay at #5. Richard Childress Racing with a win this year remain at the #6 position. Chip Ganassi Racing got a win from #1 Kurt Busch and they stay at #7. Leavine Family Racing who won’t be coming back stay at #8. Germain Racing another team not returning go out hot at #9. Roush Fenway Racing cool off a little and slid back a spot at #10.

Monday January 5th look for our Preseason Top 10 Teams for 2021.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOP FIVE DRIVERS 

Phoenix 500 from Phoenix Raceway

The #5 driver is the most recent winner here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 22 starts here in the desert, two wins and five Top 5’s, 23%. He is my #5 rated flat track driver. He is also #6 hottest over the last six weeks. Joey is in the Playoff hunt and I think it will take a wreck to keep him out of the Top 5.

The #4 driver to watch is another Playoff driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 22 starts and six Top 5’s, 27%. He is my #6 rated driver on flat tracks and interestingly won this year at New Hampshire which is an oddly similar track. He also won this year at Richmond which also shares some traits with Phoenix.  

My #3 pick is a non Playoff driver, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has three wins in 30 starts and 12 Top 5’s, 40%. His last ten races were all Top 10’s and nine of the ten were Top 5’s. Kyle is #2 ranked on flat tracks and sits 9th hottest over the last six weeks. He may not be racing for a Championship but his is racing to end a disappointing year on a high note.

The #2 driver is the winning-est driver here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is a nine time winner here, in just 35 starts-26%! He has 18 Top 5’s, 51%! He is the #1 ranked flat track driver but he is also #10  hottest. He finished 5th here last year and 2nd this spring.

My #1 pick is the defending champion of this race and in the Playoff hunt, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny won here in early 2012 and againlast year, more telling is his 13 Top 5’s in 30 starts-43%. Denny is the #4 hottest driver and ranked 3rd on flat tracks. This is probably Denny’s best shoot ever at Championship and I think for the first time he will be the Cup Champion.

These are the Top 5 drivers for Phoenix Raceway, Monday look for the end of the year Top Ten Teams.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 3O DRIVERS

Phoenix 500

  1. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  7. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. CLINT BOWYER #14
  10. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  11. KURT BUSCH #1
  12. RYAN BLANEY #12
  13. ERIK JONES #20
  14. MATT KENSETH #42
  15. COLE CUSTER #41
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  17. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  18. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  19. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  20. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  21. CHRISTOPHER BELL #95
  22. TY DILLON #13
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  25. BUBBA WALLACE #43
  26. DANIEL SUAREZ #96
  27. RYAN PREECE #37
  28. JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK #38
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. TYLER REDDICK #8

These are the Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Phoenix 500. Friday we break down the Top5.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP TEN TEAMS

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

After the nihth race of the Playoffs we see little movement in the Top 10. #9 Chase Elliott gets the win and that is not enough to keep Hendrick Motorsports from  sliding back a spot. Team Penske hang on to the top spot, with three drivers in the top 4 it is not a surprise. Joe Gibbs Racing stay in the #2 place. Stewart Haas moves up to #3. Hendrick Motorsports drop back to #4. #21 Matt DiBennedetto and Wood Brothers Racing stay at #5. Richard Childress Racing remain at the #6 position. Chip Ganassi Racing stays at #7. Leavine Family Racing stay at #8. Roush Fenway Racing hold at #9. Germain Racing stay at #10.

Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Phoenix 500 and Friday morning we break down the Top 5 driver’s.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. ARIC ALMIROPA #10
  5. JOEY KOGANO #22
  6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  7. CLINT BOWYER #14
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. WILLIAM BYRON #24

Top 10 on Flat tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Phoenix 500 from Phoenix Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

PHOENIX RACEWAY 500

PHOENIX RACEWAY
November 8th, 3:00PM Charlotte Time NBC TV
1 Mile Turn 1&2 10 Degrees of Banking, Turn 3 &4 12 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #9

Stages end after laps: 75/150/312

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 43 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 2020 season in the best way possible. Denny Hamlin won and left 39 drivers thinking we’ll try again next race. 13 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 2020 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. 

What a place to decide the NASCAR Cup Championship, a 1 mile flat track. This is a track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise around.” Most drivers have a good set-up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise somewhere in between, and some drivers are simply trying to find any set-up that gets them fast and keeps them off the wall. No matter what your strategy is, this track can be very, very tough. Rookies typically struggle here. And to add to the challenge, this race which of four finalists will win the Championship. #22 Joey Logano, #9 Chase Elliott, #11 Denny Hamlin and #2 Brad Keselowski are locked in and one of them will bi the Cup champion Sunday night.  His team Stewart Haas Racing has won 30% of the races here in the last ten years. #18 Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing won here last year and in March. Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick will compete next week for the Championship, who will compete against them? We’ll find out of Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 flat track drivers in advance of the Championship race from Phoenix Raceway.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

Xfinity 500 from MARTINSVILLE

My #5 driver to watch was the ruuner up here earlier in the year, #12 Ryan Blaney. Ryan has nine starts, no wins and four Top 5’s, 44%. Ryan has really turned the corner on this track. His four Top 5’s have all come in the last five races. Ryan is #3 hottest over the last six races. Keep this in mind, Ryan finished 5th here last year in this Playoff race.

My #4 pick is the #1 ranked short Track driver, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle is also the most recent winner on the circuit getting a win last Wednesday in Texas. Kyle has 30 starts, two win’s, one in early 2016 and another in this race in 2017, and 16 Top 5’s, 53%. Kyle is #8 hottest over the last six weeks. He may not be in the Playoffs but he wants to end this season on the highest notrposiible and remember he is the #1 rated short driver.

My #3 driver has horrible stats here, #19 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 29 starts, two wins and seven Top 5’s, 24%. BUT, he did win the last two races here. He is #5 hottest over the last six weeks and #5 ranked short track driver. He almost has to win to lock in a spot in Phoenix. Will he win? Many say he will, if he doesn’t he’ll be close.

My #2 driver is a recent winner here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won here back in March of last year. He has 21 starts, two wins, and ten Top 5’s, 48%. Brad has really, just gotten better here, he has nine straight Top 10’s here and eight of those Nine were Top 5! Playoff driver Brad could use a win to advance. Short of a win 2nd place should secure him that spot in Phoenix.

My #1 pick is a five time winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Here at Martinsville Denny has five wins in 29 starts, he also has 15 Top 5’s—54%.  He finished 4th here last year and 24th to secure a spot in Phoenix  he needs more performance like the former and not the latter. 

Monday look for our preview of Phoenix Raceway 500 from Phoenix.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

XFINITY 500:MARTINSVILLE

  1. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. RYAN BLANEY #12
  6. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. KURT BUSCH #1
  10. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  11. CLINT BOWYER #13
  12. TYLER REDDICK #8
  13. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  14. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  15. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  16. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  17. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  18. ERIK JONES #20
  19. MATT KENSETH #42
  20. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  21. RYAN PREECE #37
  22. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  23. TY DILLON #13
  24. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  25. CHRISTOPHER BELL #95
  26. DANIEL SUAREZ #96
  27. BUBBA WALLACE #43
  28. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  29. COLE CUSTER #41
  30. JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK #38

Friday we’ll break down the Top 5 drivers.