TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

WATKINS GLEN

The #5 pick is a driver that finished in the Top 5 here last year, #20 Erik Jones. Erik has just two finishes here, the first was 10th place and the second was 5th. He is #5 hottest over the last six weeks and drives a Toyota who have won half of the last six races here.

My #4 driver to watch only has Top 5 finishes here, #41 Daniel Suarez. Daniel of course only has only two starts here. His first visit here two years was a 3rd place finish and last year he finished 4th. The big question is his team, his last two starts he was driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. This year he arrives in a Stewart Haas Racing Ford. Will that make a big difference? We won’t know till Sunday but we do know he knows how to get around on this track.

My #3 driver is a former winner here and the hottest driver, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 13 starts one win at the Glen and three Top 5’s.  He is #4 rated for me on road courses and #1 hottest over the last six weeks.  I don’t look for him to cool off here in the Finger Lakes region.

My #2 pick is another former winner and the top road course driver, #19 Martin Truex. Martin has 13 starts here, that win and five Top 5 finishes. He had a big win at Sonoma this year and of course won here last year on his way to the Championship. He has won here and at the other road course Sonoma Raceway. He is our #1 rated road course driver and is #4 hottest driver over the last six weeks.

The #1 driver is a two time former winner, #18 Kyle Busch. In his 14 starts here Kyle has two wins and six Top 5’s. Like Martin Truex Jr. he has won on both road courses. Be on the lookout for Kyle to make some gambles that take him to (or keep him in) the front of the pack. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks and ranked #2 on road courses. Kyle finished third here last year.

Monday look for my preview of the Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan International Raceway.

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