RACE PREVIEW

NH 14.1

Sylvania 300

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

September, 27th, 2PM on NBCSN TV

1.05 Miles, 7 Degrees of Banking

CHASE RACE #2

This week the drivers of the NASCAR circuit head back north to the Granite State to New Hampshire International Speedway located about 75 miles from downtown Boston. A very flat, 1.05 mile track always provides an interesting race. The Top 16 Chase for the Cup has been set, and this is race #2 of the ten-race Chase for the Cup. Because of the flat, tight turns there is always beatin’ and bangin’ on this track. None of the Chase drivers want to be caught up in any of that, they just want to get in and get as many points as possible. From this point on no one wants a DNF (Did Not Finish), one can hurt; two will kill your chances at the Cup. Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins in the last ten years with five including a win from Kyle Busch earlier in the year. Hendrick Motorsports has the second most wins here over the last ten years with four. In 2011 both Stewart Haas drivers, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman swept this track using motors from -you guessed it – Hendrick Motorsports. Team Penske swept the track last year with wins from both drivers showing that Ford can win here. Which of the three teams will dominate in this crucial Chase race? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 teams in advance of the Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY MY AFIBSTORY 400

The #5 driver is the hottest driver over the last six races, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has six starts at Chicagoland and just one Top 5. It is important to note that that one Top 5 came last year. Joey should go pretty far in the Chase and it will begin with a big finish here at the start.

 

My #4 pick just made the Chase by finishing Top 30 in points, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle comes into the Second City where he has ten starts, a win and four Top 5’s. Kyle is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He is also hot here where he finished Top 10 in his last three Chicagoland races and two of those three were Top 5’s.

 

My #3 pick has won on 19 different tracks but not this one, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 13 starts, no wins and seven Top 5’s. Even with no wins, Jimmie is very happy to be here where he has over 50% Top 5’s and he has a good shot to get his Chase Mojo flowin’, which needs because he comes in here #11 hottest over the last six races.

 

My #2 driver is happy to start the Chase here where he has two wins, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin comes in with 14 starts, two wins and eight Top 5’s (57%). He finished 5th here last year and is the best on these low-banked intermediate tracks.

 

The #1 driver to watch is the defending champion of this race, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad won here last year for the second time. His other win was in 2012. He has six starts here, the two wins and three Top 5 finishes. He is Top 5 for me on these downforce tracks and is #2 hottest over the last six weeks. And it doesn’t hurt that the #1 hottest driver is his teammate Joey Logano.

 

 

 

Monday we’ll preview the Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

MYAFIBSTORY 400 CHICAGO

  1. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. MATT KENSETH #20
  7. CARL EDWARDS #19
  8. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  9. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  10. KURT BUSCH #41
  11. KYLE LARSON #42
  12. KASEY KAHNE #5
  13. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  14. JEFF GORDON #24
  15. TONY STEWART #14
  16. CLINT BOWYER #15
  17. PAUL MENARD #27
  18. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  19. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  20. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  21. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  22. GREG BIFFLE #16
  23. SAM HORNISH #9
  24. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  25. DANICA PATRICK #10
  26. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  27. DAVID RAGAN #55
  28. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  29. CASEY MEARS #13
  30. JUSTIN ALLGAIER #51

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST RICHMOND

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #2)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #1)
  3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #3)
  4. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #5)
  5. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #4)
  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #7)
  2. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #6)
  3. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW #9)
  4. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING (LW #8)
  5. JTG RACING (LW #10)

What a week of change! Eight teams changed position this week in the Top 10. No surprise that most Chase drivers come from the teams at the top. Joe Gibbs Racing has four drivers in the Chase that have won a combined 11 wins, the most of any team. They move a spot and start the Chase in the #1 spot. Team Penske with both of their drivers in the Chase and a combined four wins drop a place to #2. Hendrick Motorsports holds at #3 with three of their four drivers in the Chase and a combined six wins. Stewart Haas Racing move up a spot to #4 with two of their four drivers in the Chase with four wins. Single car entry Furniture Row Racing enter the Chase at #5 with their driver who had one win. Chip Ganassi Racing move up a place to #6 with one of their two drivers making the Chase and no wins yet for the year. Richard Childress Racing slip to #7 but have two of their three drivers in the Chase and no wins thus far. Richard Petty Motorsports move up a place to #8 but have no drivers in the Chase. Michael Waltrip Racing begin their last Chase with no wins but with one of their two drivers in the Chase. They are ranked #9. Lastly we find JTG Racing at #10 sitting out the Chase this year with their one driver.

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MATT KENSETH #20
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. JEFF GORDON #24
  6. PAUL MENARD #27
  7. MARTIN TRUEX JR #78
  8. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  9. KASEY KAHNE #5
  10. CARL EDWARDS #19

Top 10 on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s MyAfibStory 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

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MYAFIBSTORY.COM 400

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

SEPT 20, 3PM Charlotte Time, NBCSN TV

1.5 MILES 18 Degrees of Banking

My kind of town Chicago is, and my kind of track Chicagoland Speedway is. Criticized when built as a “cookie cutter track,” this track is actually truly unique. The only thing it shares with other mile and a half tracks is the size. First, there is no such thing as a bad seat here – even the first row has a good back stretch view. Secondly, the back stretch is curved slightly and that makes it very different from the other 1.5 mile tracks on the circuit. This track has enough banking to keep speeds fast and is wide enough to pass pretty easily. When you take a great race facility like this and put it next to a world class city like Chicago, you have a weekend that can’t be beat. This marks the fifth time that Chicagoland kicks off the Chase for The Cup. It will be the second time with 16 drivers. Chevrolet has won half of the last ten races here, with Toyota taking three wins and Ford and Dodge each taking one. But that last Chevrolet win was in 2011. Which driver, which team and which manufacturer will get the first win of this year’s Chase? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on downforce tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

Federated Auto Parts 400 from RICHMOND

My #5 pick won last Sunday in Darlington and also won this race in 2013, #19 Carl Edwards. That was Carl’s only win here in 20 starts. With that win Sunday night Carl is #3 hottest over the last six races; look for Carl to keep his mojo going.

The number #4 is a four-time winner here and #4 hottest, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 20 starts, the four win’s, and 13 Top 5’s. He didn’t race here in April because of his injury but now that he is locked into the Chase we’ll forget about the regular season and focus on him being #4 hottest over the last six weeks.

The #3 driver to watch is the number one hottest driver over the last six weeks, #22 Joey Logano. Joey is ending the regular season on a tear, five his last six races were Top 5’s and two were wins. He comes in here with a fifth place finish earlier in the year and he just wants to keep the momentum going into the Chase.

My #2 driver finished #2 here in April, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 29 starts here, three wins and just nine Top 5’s. Those may not sound like the best stats, but he is a good short track driver and also performs well at oddly similar Phoenix Raceway. Lastly, Kevin is just getting better here, in the last eight races Kevin has two wins and half were Top 5’s!

My #1 driver to watch is my #1 rated driver on short tracks, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has 45 starts, two wins and 18 Top 5 finishes. A win Saturday night locks him into Chase. He is the #23 hottest driver over the last six weeks, if he has any shot at all in the Chase he needs to start heating up! He should too because he knows, #23 hottest isn’t going far in the Chase.

Monday look for our preview of the MyAfibStory.com 400 from Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.