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 TO WATCH

STP 500 from MARTINSVILLE

 

Since Rusty Wallace won the spring race here in 2004 only 12 drivers have won at this track. That’s 29 races & only 12 different winners and 17 of those motors came from one place, Hendrick Motorsports.

 

The #5 pick has only one win here compared to Jimmie  Johnson’s nine, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has five Top 5’s in 35 starts and that win in spring of 2011.  He is #2 rated on short tracks and sits #3 hottest over the last six races. Kevin is looking for his first win of the season and if he doesn’t get it here he will definitely be in the mix.

 

My #4 driver is trying to break into that group of winners, #19 Martin Truex. Martin is #7 hottest coming out of California and #8 in points. He has 26 starts, no wins and just five Top 5 finishes. Amazingly three of his top 5’s came in his last three races including a 3rd place finish here in the October race last year.

 

My #3 driver to watch is the most recent winner here, #22 Joey Logano.  Joey won the race in October of last year in just his 20th start. In addition to his win he has six Top 5’s. Joey is my #1 rated short track driver and currently sits #2 hottest over the last six races. He finished 6th in this races last year.

 

The #2 pick used to struggle here at Martinsville, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 18 starts and seven Top 5’s. Brad is only getting better here: His last six straight races here were Top 10’s including a win in this race last year, five of them were Top 5’s. Brad comes in here #5 hottest over the last six races.

 

My #1 pick is the hottest driver on the circuit right now, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 27 starts, two win’s, and 15 Top 5’s. His last seven starts were all Top 5’s and his last 12 were all Top 15’s. He is off to a great start to the season. He has won the last two races, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway and he sits #1 in points and #1 hottest. Kyle is looking for a big win on this little track.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas.

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

STP 500:MARTINSVILLE

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  10. KURT BUSCH #1
  11. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  12. CLINT BOWYER #14
  13. RYAN BLANEY #12
  14. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  15. KYLE LARSON #42
  16. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  17. ERIK JONES #20
  18. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  21. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  22. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  23. TY DILLON #13
  24. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  25. DAVID RAGAN #38
  26. RYAN PREECE #47
  27. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  28. MATT TIFFT #36
  29. ROSS CHASTAIN #15
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

 

Friday we’ll break down the Top 5 drivers.

 

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST CALIFORNIA

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

 

Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing get their second win of the year and stay locked in the #1 spot. Team Penske has two of their drivers in the top 3 and that helps send them up two places to #2. Stewart Haas Racing stay steady at #3. Chip Ganassi Racing drop back two places to #4.  Roush Fenway Racing remain at #5 again this week. Hendrick Motorsports are holding at #6. Wood Brothers Racing are also enjoying stability and they stay in the #7 spot. Germain Racing are again at #8 followed closely be their allied team Richard Childress Racing. Lastly this week we see JTG Daugherty Racing drop out of the Top 10 and are replaced by Leavine Family Racing.

 

Thursday look for out Top 30 drivers at Martinsville Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SHORT TRACK

  1. 48 JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #31 BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. MARTIN TRUEX JR. #19
  10. KYLE LARSON #42

Top 10 drivers on Short tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams for Sunday’s STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway.

 

RACE PREVIEW

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STP 500

MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

MARCH 24th, 2 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX SPORTS 1 TV

.5 MILES 12 DEGREES of BANKING

Spring short track race #1. Like Bristol Motor Speedway, this is a half-mile track, but that is where the similarities end. This track has less banking on the turns than Bristol has in the front stretch. Flat and shaped like a paper clip. We’ll also see patience in short supply, and with tempers boiling over from California, this race could be a powder keg. More short tempers, more chrome horns, and more wrecked sheet metal are about the only things you can bank on at the short track that lacks serious banking. Again this year we’ll see racing in three stages, the first 130 laps, the second 130 laps and the final stage of 340 laps. In the last ten years the Hendrick guys have won seven of 20 races, with nine-time winner Jimmie Johnson being their premiere driver. The Hendrick motor shop has 10 wins in the last 20 races! But if you look at the last six races Ford has three wins, Toyota two and Chevy just one. Is Hendrick Motorsports domination starting slide? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for the Top 10 drivers on short tracks.

NU 3/19

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

CALIFORNIA Auto Club 400

 

My #5 driver has never won here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 12 starts here and five Top 5’s. Three of those Top 5’s came in the last three straight races. Joey is #5 ranked downforce track driver and is #6 hottest driver over the last six races. His Top 5 streak should continue again this year.

 

The #4 driver is a former winner here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won here four years ago. He has that one win in just ten starts. He has three Top 5’s and they have come in his last four starts. Brad is my #4 ranked downforce track driver and is #5 hottest over the last six races.  He finished fourth here last year.

 

The #3 pick is a driver who not only has won here before but has done it three times, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 20 starts here, three wins and nine Top 5’s! But his last win was in 2014. He came close last year with a 3rd place finish. He comes in #1 in points and #1 hottest over the last six races. Look for Kyle keep up the heat! 

 

My #2 driver is the defending champion of this race, #19 Martin Truex. Martin comes in with 18 career starts, and only two Top 5’s. Both Top 5’s came in the last two years. Martin is our #1 rated downforce driver and unlike the previos three drivers he is looking for his first win of the year.

 

My #1 driver to watch is a former winner and finished 35th here last year, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 25 starts with one win and six Top 5’s. He won here in 2011. Kevin came in here last year with three wins for the season and a Playoff spot locked in and he finished 35th. This year Kevin finds himself winless after four races and this should be the place he notches his first 2019 win. Kevin is our #3 ranked Downforce driver and is #2 hottest over the last six races. Lookout for the closer!   

 

 

 

Monday we’ll preview the STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway.

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

AUTO CLUB 400

 

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

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.