RACE PREVIEW

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MIAMI HOMESTEAD FORD ECOBOOST 400

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

November 18th, 3PM EST NBC TV

1 Mile 20 Degrees of Banking

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 40 drivers showed up at Daytona in February to get into the Daytona 500. Forty drivers started the race hoping not only to win the race but kick off the 2018 season in the best way possible. Austin Dillon won and left 39 drivers thinking we’ll try again next race. Twelve different drivers found Victory Lane from six different teams this season. Nine races ago sixteen drivers made it into the NASCAR Playoffs and a chance to win the Cup –  twelve drivers have been slowly eliminated leaving four to decide the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Champion. Now after thirty-five races, it all comes down to one race, all points have been thrown out. It is all about just this one race.  Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.will all battle for the Championship. This track was reconfigured just before the 2003 season. Since that time five teams have found Victory Lane.  Roush Fenway Racing has the most victories since then, six. But none since 2010. Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins, with two coming from Denny Hamlin in 2009 and 2013 and one coming from Kyle Busch in 2015. Stewart Haas Racing has two wins, with one coming from Kevin Harvick in 2014. Hendrick Motorsports has two. Last year Martin Truex got a win for Furniture Row Racing and locked himself into the Championship. That leaves Joey Logano as the only Fast Four driver to have never won here. The highest finisher will win the Championship and a win will put you in. Who will snag the Championship?  We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks going into Homestead-Miami.

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Top Five Drivers

We apologize we could not put up the Top Five drivers for Phoenix due to fire activity in the Los Angeles area. We are sorry and hope to have all information up and on time for Homestead Miami.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

CAN AM 500:PHOENIX

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  4. KURT BUSCH #41
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. ERIK JONES #20
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  9. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  12. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  13. KYLE LARSON #42
  14. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  15. CLINT BOWYER #14
  16. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  19. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  20. MATT KENSETH #6
  21. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  22. PAUL MENARD #21
  23. A. J. ALLMEDINGER #47
  24. TY DILLON #13
  25. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  26. REGAN SMITH #95
  27. DAVID RAGAN #38
  28. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #32

 

Top 30 drivers, Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST TEXAS

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

 

For the fifth straight week Stewart Haas Racing is #1 where they have been most of the year. Team Penske, Furniture Row Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports all stay in place in the Top 5. We see little change in the Top 10, not surprising with just two races to go.  Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and JTG Racing all stay in place this week. Roush Fenway Racing returns to the Top 10 this week at #10.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Phoenix.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. MATT KENSETH #6
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  7. KURT BUSCH #41
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  10. CHASE ELLIOTT #9

 

Top 10 drivers on Flat tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

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CAN AM 500

ISM RACEWAY
November 11th, 2:30PM Charlotte Time NBC TV
1 Mile Turn 1&2 10 Degrees of Banking, Turn 3&4 12 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #9

What a place to help decide the Monster Energy Cup Championship, a 1 mile flat track. This year we have a change, the back stretch “Dog Leg” is the front stretch “Dog Leg” and the old front stretch is the back stretch. From the air it now actually looks more like other tracks on the circuit. But in reality is not similar to any of them. This is a track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise around.” Most drivers have a good set-up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise somewhere in between, and some drivers are simply trying to find any set-up that gets them fast and keeps them off the wall. No matter what your strategy is, this track can be very, very tough. Rookies typically struggle here. And to add to the challenge, this race will help eliminate four of the eight finalists for the Championship. #22 Joey Logano, and #4 Kevin Harvick are locked in with wins, #78 Martin Truex and #18 Kyle Busch look good to go to Miami by virtue of points. #41 Kurt Busch, #9 Chase Elliott #10 Aric Almirola and #14 Clint Bowyer  have the bottom four spots and really need to win to lock into one of the two final spots.  Kevin Harvick who has won six of the last ten races appears to have the inside track on that win. His team Stewart Haas Racing has won 30% of the races here in the last ten years. Hendrick Motorsports has won 25% of the races here and cars with engines built by the Hendrick Motor shop have won 45% of the races in the same ten year window. #20 Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing won here last year and in March we saw #4 Kevin Harvick bring his Stewart Haas  Racing Ford to victory lane for the ninth time. Advantage Kevin Harvick. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick will compete next week for the Championship, who will compete against them? We’ll find out of Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 flat track drivers in advance of the Can Am 500 from Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

Texas AAA 500 from TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

The #5 driver is #1 hottest at the moment, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 20 starts, one win, and eight Top 5’s. Joey knows he has ruffled some feathers along the way and may have to watch his mirror a little more, but he is #1 hottest at the right time. He is locked in a Playoff spot at Miami and can afford to take some chances.

 

My #4 driver has kind of struggled here, #78 Martin Truex Jr. He has 25 starts, no wins and four Top 5’s (16%). But Martin became champion last year because he was good just about everywhere. He comes into the Lone Star state rated #1 mile and a half tracks like Texas. He is #6 hottest over the last six weeks and would be higher if he wasn’t denied wins in Charlotte and Texas.

 

My #3 pick needs a big race to stay in the Playoffs, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase has five starts here, no wins, and two Top 5’s (40%). Every one of his finishes has been 11th or better. He is rated #3 on tracks like this, and has the #2 Average Finish at Texas. He is #3 hottest over the last six weeks he’ll stay in that spot and improve his chances to go to Miami with a Top 3 finish.

 

My #2 driver is the most recent winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle comes into Texas with 25 starts, three wins and 12 Top 5’s. 48% Top 5! He is #8 hottest over the last six weeks and happy to be here where six of his last eight races were all Top 5’s including a win in April of 2016 and earlier this year.

 

My #1 pick is the most recent winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 31 starts, one win and nine Top 5’s. Kevin sits #4 in points and doesn’t want to get moved to the bottom four spots. Kevin is #2 rated on tracks like this and #2 hottest over the last six weeks. Kevin has eight straight Top 10’s, six of those were Top 5’s.

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the CAN-AM 500 from Phoenix.