TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

First Data 500 from MARTINSVILLE

My #5 pick is the series’ most recent winner, #9 Chase Elliott. Here at Martinsville Chase has five starts, no wins and only one Top 5. The most important stat is his team, Hendrick Motorsports produced 40% of the wins in the last ten years or twenty races. In that time span their motor shop had 55% of the wins. Chase finished 9th here in April, I feel he will finish much better here in the Playoffs.

My #4 driver to watch is my #1 ranked short track driver, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 31 starts, one win and 5 Top 5’s. Kevin won here in the spring race of 2011. More importantly he finished 5th in this race last year and 5th here in April. Now that Playoff pressure is at full force expect Kevin to use ALL of his short track skills.

My #3 driver is on a great streak here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 17 starts, a win in April 2017, and six Top 5’s. Brad has really, just gotten better here. All of his Top 5’s have come in his last ten starts. His last five stops here were all Top 10’s. Four of those five were Top 5’s.

My #2 driver has horrible stats here, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 25 starts, no wins and four Top 5’s. Those are not even close to good stats but he finished 2nd in this race last year and 4th here in April. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

My #1 pick is the defending champion of this race, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has finished all of his last six races in the Top 5. Kyle has 25 starts, two win’s in early 2016 and this race in 2017, and 13 Top 5’s (52%). Kyle is #9 hottest over the last six weeks. More importantly he is #1 in points. To stay in the Top 4 he is going to need to do well where he has been strong and it starts here.

 

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