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 30 DRIVERS

TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350:SONOMA RACEWAY

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. CLINT BOWYER #14
  5. KURT BUSCH #1
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  10. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  11. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  12. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  13. ERIK JONES #20
  14. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  15. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  16. RYAN BLANEY #12
  17. KYLE LARSON #42
  18. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  21. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  24. TY DILLION #13
  25. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  26. DAVID RAGAN #38
  27. PARKER KLIGERMAN #96
  28. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  29. CORIE LAJOIE #32
  30. RYAN PREECE #47

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s Save Mart/Toyota 350 from Sonoma.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MICHIGAN

  1. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
    1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #1)
    1. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #3)

      4. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #4)

5. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #5)

6. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #6)

7. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)

8. JTG DAUGERTY RACING (LW#9)

9. GERMAIN RACING (LW #10)

10. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)

Joe Gibbs Racing have been in the #1 spot for 14 weeks, all season long so far. Joey Logano won at Michigan and helped Team Penske to take the #1 place. With Joey #1 in points and all three of their drivers in the Top Ten plus five wins I guess it is no surprise. Well they are #1 after a couple of weeks being closely behind Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR is very close behind at #2. Hendrick Motorsports stays in the #3 spot.  Stewart Haas Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Wood Brothers Racing all remain in place all trying to get their first win of the year.  JTG Daugherty move up a place to #8. Germain Racing move up, as well, they go to #9.  Richard Childress Racing make the biggest move ot the week dropping two spots to #10. Look for them to move up soon.      .          

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: ROAD COURSE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. CLINT BOWYER #14
  5. KURT BUSCH #1
  6. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  7. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  8. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  10. JOEY LOGANO #22

Top 10 Drivers on Road Course tracks, tomorrow look for our Top 10 teams ranked and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Sunday’s Toyota/SavMart 350 from Sonoma Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

TOYOTA SAVE MART 350

SONOMA RACEWAY

June 23rd, 3:00PM Charlotte Time FS 1 TV

1.99 Miles 10 turns

Three times 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. Six have of them have won here and five have won at Watkins Glen one has won at the new road style course at Charlotte that debuted last year. Kyle Busch has won at both two times each. Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick each have a win at both tracks. Stewart Haas Racing and the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing have 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. Will Toyota keep the edge here in wine country? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 18, look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH: MICHIGAN INT SPEEDWAY

The #5 driver is a three time former winner here, #42 Kyle Larson. Kyle has done pretty well here in his young career. He has ten starts, five were Top 10’s and four were Top 5’s including the three wins. An unbelievable three straight wins that started in August of 2016! He is though, #16 hottest over the last six races. He seems to have found the right touch here in the Irish Hills and I look for the lucky touch to find him here again.

My #4 driver is a two time former winner here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 20 starts, two wins, and five Top 5’s. 11 of his last 12 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.” He is #4 rated on tracks like this and is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #3 driver to watch is a home state hero, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad grew up less than a hundred miles from MIS in Rochester MI. Brad has 19 starts, no wins and six Top 5’s. He is #3 ranked on tracks like this and #3 hottest over the last six weeks. Half of Brad’s last six starts were Top 5’sincluding a 2nd place finish here in his last stop in August of last year.        

The #2 driver is the hottest driver over the last six weeks, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase had a win at Talladega and four more consecutive Top 5’s. Chase is on a roll that should not end here. Chase has six starts and three Top 5’s, all of them were second place finishes. In the last ten years or 20 races his team, Hendrick Motorsports won four races, the most of any team. Their motor shop has eight wins in the last ten years.

My #1 driver is another two time former winner here and the most recent winner, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 36 starts, two wins, and 12 Top 5’s. But this is the more important stat – seven of his last 12 finishes here were second or first place finishes. Nine of his last 12 races here were Top 5’s. Never count Kevin Harvick out on a downforce track. He is #5 hottest and #5 on tracks like this.

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

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FIRE KEEPERS CASINO 400 from Michigan

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. KYLE LASRSON #42
  6. KYLE BUSCH #18
  7. KURT BUSCH # 1
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  9. ERIK JONES #20
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  12. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  13. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  14. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  15. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  16. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  21. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  23. TY DILLION #13
  24. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  25. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  26. RYAN PREECE #47
  27. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  28. DAVID RAGAN #38
  29. COREY LAJOIE #32
  30. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the FIRE KEEPERS CASINO 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST POCANO

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

Joe Gibbs Racing got their ninth win of the year at Pocano compliments of #18 Kyle Busch, so it is no surprise to see that they stay where they have been all year long at #1. Team Penske has four wins as a team and they are locked in at the #2 spot. Hendrick Motorsports are the last team with a win this season so it is not shocking to see them at #3. Stewart Haas Racing are the highest ranked team with no wins at #4. Also. if the season ended now. all four of their drivers would be in the Playoffs. Chip Ganassi Racing stay at #5, just like SHR if the season ended they would have both drivers in the Playoffs. Roush Fenway Racing move up #6 and have no drivers in the Top 16 in points. They could easily have no drivers in the Playoffs. All teams in the bottom five have no drivers in the Top 16 so if things don’t change we may have just five teams in the Playoffs. Wood Brothers Racing drop a spot to go to #7. Richard Childress Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Germain Racing all remain in place this week.     .          

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the FireKeepers 400 from Michigan Int. Raceway.