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.


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