TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

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The #5 pick is a former winner here and the defending champion of this race, #1 Kurt Busch. Kurt has 37 starts, six wins and 12 Top 5’s -32%. Kurt’s last win was this race last year but he was driving a Stewart Haas Ford. This year he is in a Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.  Kurt finished 2nd here in April in a Chevy, so I’m not worried about the new ride. He is the #2 winning-est current driver here at Bristol.

The number #4 driver to watch is a former here and the most recent winner on the circuit, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 37 starts, two wins and 12 Top 5’s.Kevin last won here in this race three years ago. Kevin is the #4 short track driver and is #4 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #3 pick is my #1 rated short track driver, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny is also a former winner here, he got a win in this night race in 2012. He has 27 starts, that win and eight Top 5’s. That includes a 5th place finish here earlier in the year. He is the #1 rated short track driver. His team Joe Gibbs Racing have won ten times in the past ten years, the most of any other team, they know how to get around here.

The #2 driver to watch won here in this race in 2015 and the race the year before, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 21 starts, two wins and six Top 5’s. The six Top 5’s came in the last 12 races; he is just getting better here in Thunder Valley. Joey is locked in at this point for the playoffs, so he can take some chances on pit stops to have a shot at the end. He is our #2 ranked short track driver.

The number #1 to driver watch is the winning-est current drive here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has eight career wins here. That includes a big when here in April. He has those eight wins in just 28 starts -28% win percentage. He also has won three of the last four races. Kyle is #3 ranked for me on short tracks, #2 hottest and sits #1 in points.      

Monday look for our preview of the Bojangles Southern 500 from Darlington.

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