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

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TOYOTA SAVE MART 350

SONOMA RACEWAY

June 24th, 3:00PM Charlotte Time FS 1 TV

1.99 Miles 10 turns

Twice a year NASCAR makes a detour from the standard oval and gets its swerve on – on a road course. No more just turn left and go. Instead of going counter-clockwise like you would on an oval, road courses go clockwise and twist and turn the whole way. Here at Sonoma Raceway the drivers have 10 turns on an almost 2 mile course in a truly beautiful part of California. We can expect some new faces as road racing regulars from non-NASCAR series insert themselves into the fray. Most of these will be drivers who will replace cup drivers who don’t feel up to the road course challenge. Ten drivers starting this race have previously won a road course at the Monster Energy Cup level. Seven have of them have won here and six have won at Watkins Glen, the other road course. Kyle Busch has won at both two times each. Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick each have a win at both tracks. Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing have all won here twice in the last ten years. Toyota seems to have a road course advantage here with four wins in the last ten years, the most of any manufacturer. But Stewart Haas Fords have the last two wins here. Will Toyota keep the edge here in wine country? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 17,  look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH: MICHIGAN INT SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver is a former winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 34 starts, one win, and ten Top 5’s. But this is the more important stat – half of his last ten finishes here were second places finishes. Seven of his last ten races here were Top 5’s. Never count Kevin Harvick out on a downforce track. He is #2 hottest and #4 on tracks like this.

My #4 driver is a two time former winner here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 18 starts, two wins, and five Top 5’s. Nine of his last ten races were Top 10’s and his five Top 5’s came in this stretch. Joey has a win that locks him in the playoffs so look for him to gamble on pit strategy towards the end of this race. The most over-used phrase of the weekend will be “track position.”

The #3 driver has the best average finish here, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase has yes, just four starts but three of them were second place finishes. In the last ten years or 20 races his team, Hendrick Motorsports won five races the most of any team. Their motor shop has nine wins in the last ten years.

The #2 driver is the most recent winner here, #42 Kyle Larson. Kyle has done pretty well here in his young career. He has eight starts five were Top 10’s and four were Top 5’s including the last three races that were all wins. An unbelievable three straight wins! He is #8 hottest over the last six races. He seems to have found the right touch here in the Irish Hills look for the lucky touch to find him here again.

My #1 driver to watch is my #1 rated driver on tracks like this, grew, #78 Martin Truex. Martin has never won here. In fact his stats are not that great. He has 24 starts, no wins, and just six Top 5’s. He finished 6th in this race last year and 2nd in the August race. Even more important is that he is #1 ranked on downforce tracks and got a big win at similar track Auto Club Speedway in March. Martin is #3 hottest over the last six races including his flat track win Sunday in Pocano.  

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS:FIREKEEPERS CASINO 400

 

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

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers for Sunday’s FIREKEEPERS CASINO 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS by TRACK

TOP 10 TEAMS POST POCANO

 

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

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  3. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #10)
  4. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)
  5. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#9)

 

 

Stewart Haas Racing stay at #1 for the seventh straight week. Furniture Row Racing get the win and move up a place to #2. Joe Gibbs Racing drop a spot to #3. Team Penske stay at #4 and  Hendrick Motorsports hold at #5. Chip Ganassi Racing stay at #6 and Wood Brothers Racing remain at #7. Roush Fenway Racing jump up two places to #8. Richard Childress Racing drop a position to #9 and lastly Richard Petty Motorsports remain in the Top 10 at #10.                   .

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

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, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Sunday’s Firekeepers 400 from Michigan Int Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

mi 17.1

FIREKEEPERS CASINO 400

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

June 10th, 2PM ET on FS1 TV

2 Miles, 18 Degrees of Banking

 

NASCAR returns to the track that Roger Penske built in a beautiful area of Michigan about 70 miles outside of Detroit (otherwise known as the Motor City). Is it important to win a race in the backyard of the auto industry? You bet it is!  There is nothing like winning a race on your own home turf. Chevrolet has ten wins in the last ten years, Ford and Toyota has five each. Chevy is looking great with 50% of the wins. Team wise it is a little closer. Hendrick Motorsports have won five times in the last ten years, their motor shop has nine total wins. Not far behind we find Joe Gibbs Racing with four wins in the last ten years. Roush Fenway Racing has three wins in the last 10 years Ganassi Racing has won the last three races straight with Kyle Larson who is happy to have the engine from the Hendrick motor shop. Team Penske has two wins in that time frame both from Joey Lagano. Hendrick Motorsports and all who use the motors are winless so far after 14 races. Will this be the track the brings them back to victory lane? This track is wide enough for easy passing, but sometimes the demands are very tough on motors as well as the nerves of the drivers. Many times fuel mileage has been a big factor in winning these races – will it be again? And will Kyle Larson achieve the four peat? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on tracks like Michigan Int. Speedway and Thursday we’ll rank the Top 30 drivers for Sunday.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

Top 5 Drivers to watch: POCANO

The #5 driver has only raced here twice, #20 Erik Jones. Erik has the two starts, both were Top 10’s, one was a 3rd place finish in this race last year. He is my #10 flat track driver but he is also #16 hottest over the last six races. This team has been plagued by pit row errors if they fix that they should have a great day in the mountains.

My #4 driver is the winning-est current driver here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has four wins here in just 24 starts, he also has ten Top 5’s. He is my #4 rated flat track driver and comes in here 4th hottest over the last six races this season. His last win here was in this early race in 2010.

My #3 driver is the hottest driver on the circuit right now and most recent winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 26 starts and that win last July and five Top 5’s. Kyle is my #2 ranked flat track driver and sits #1 in points and is #1 hottest over the last six races.

The #2 driver has never won here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 34 starts, no wins, and ten Top 5’s. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks. He is also my #1 ranked flat track driver. He has three straight Top 5 finishes here including two 2nd place finishes last year.

My #1 pick has the best average finish here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 14 starts here, one win, and eight Top 5’s including the last five straight races. Brad is my #3 rated flat track driver but he is also #8 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan Intl. Speedway.