TOP TEN DRIVERS byTRACK TYPES

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  5. KURT BUSCH #41
  6. JOEY LOGANO #22
  7. ERIK JONES #20
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers ranked for Sunday’s Drydene 400 from Dover Int. Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

DRYDENE 400

October 6th 2:30PM NBC TV

1 mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

PLAYOFF RACE #4

Stage end after laps 120/240/400

Coming out of Charlotte and the very first race on the Roval it is hard to maintain that same level of excitement and trepidation of Charlotte, but the Monster Mile at Dover comes pretty close. It is comforting to be back on an oval even here where the banking is high and things can happen very quickly. The sight lines are amazing in Dover. Just about wherever you sit you have a great view of the track. There is never a dull moment at the Monster Mile and the drama surrounding the Playoffs only adds to it. We saw four drivers get eliminated at Charlotte  #10 Aric Almirola, #6 Ryan Newman, #1 Kurt Busch and #20 Erik Jones. That just leaves us with a dozen drivers and just five teams represented down from six. Twelve drivers now know that in three races another three will be eliminated. Wins are one sure way to lock in to the next round leaving you safe in the knowledge you are good all the way to Phoenix. Who does well here? Hendrick Motorsports has won nine races here in the past ten years (45%) including six in the last six years. If you look at the Hendrick Motor Shop that is 11 wins in the last ten years (55%). Earlier in the year Martin Truex Jr. won here in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the fifrth Toyota win in ten years. The defending champion of the race is #9 Chase Elliott driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Chase had a big win on the Roval it will be fun to see him defend his win here last year on the Monster Oval. Can HMS maitain their dominance? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers by track type for Sunday’s DRYDENE 400 from Dover.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

BANK of AMERICA Roval 400:Charlotte

My #5 driver to watch is the most recent road course winner, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase won last month at Watkins Glen for the second consecutive time. Chase has been good at Sonoma but this year he finished 37th.  He finished 6th here last year. Chase is the #3 ranked road course driver and is #7 hottest over the last six weeks. 

My #4 driver is the defending champion of this race, #12 Ryan Blaney. Ryan got his first and only road course win last year here when Martin Truex and Jimmie Johnson made contact just before the checkered flag. He went from 3rd to victory lane very quickly. He is our #7 road course driver and has finished Top 5 so far in both road course races this year.

My #3 driver is the #1 hottest driver over the last six weeks, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is our #5 ranked road course driver. He has had five straight Top 10’s on road courses including 9th in this race last year. But his last Top 5 was Sonoma in 2018.  

The #2 pick is my #2 ranked road course driver, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle is also the second winning-est current driver on road courses. Kyle sits #5 hottest and will be looking for a win but just ahead of him we will see…

My #1 driver to watch came very close to winning here last year, #19 Martin Truex Jr. Martin won at Sonoma Raceway in June. On road courses Martin has been very good he is our #1 ranked road course driver and the #1 winning-est current driver. Hottest over the last six weeks plus most road wins equals the man to beat in the Queen City. 

Monday we preview the Drydene 400 from Dover.

TOP 30 THIRTY DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS

BANK of AMERICA ROVAL 400:CHARLOTTE

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. RYAN BLANEY #12
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. CLINT BOWYER #14
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. KURT BUSCH #1
  9. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  10. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  11. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  12. KYLE LARSON #42
  13. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  14. ERIK JONES #20
  15. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  17. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  18. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  19. JOEY LOGANO #22
  20. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  21. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  22. PAUL MENARD #21
  23. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  24. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  25. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  26. DAVID RAGAN #38
  27. TY DILLION #13
  28. BUBBA WALLACE #43
  29. RYAN PREECE #47
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

Here are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s race. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST RICHMOND

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

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 12 weeks straight and most of the year so it should be no surprise that they’ll stay there with the sixth win this year from #19 Martin Truex Jr. Team Penske stay at #2. Hendrick Motorsports and  Stewart Haas Racing swap places in a very tight Top 5. Chip Ganassi Racing stay at #4. Leavine Family Racing with a lame duck driver stay at #6. Powered by Playoff driver #6 Ryan Newman move up a place to #7. Wood Brothers Racing another team with a lame duck driver drop a place this week.  Richard Childress Racing move up a place to #9 and that sends at JTG Daugherty Racing back up a spot to #10.

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: ROAD COURSE TRACKS

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KURT BUSCH #1
  4. CLINT BOWYER #14
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. JOEY LOGANO #22
  7. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  10. MARTIN TRUEX #19

Top 10 on Road Course tracks, tomorrow look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s BANK of AMERICA Roval 400 from Charlotte. 

RACE PREVIEW

BANK OF AMERICA ROVAL 400

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

September 29th, 2:30PM ET on NBC TV

2.28 miles, 17 turns

Stages end after laps: 25/50/109

Playoff race #3

Only one race remains in the first stage of the playoffs. We’ll see four drivers eliminated in this race. A great deal of pressure will be on the field of 36 drivers, the most pressure however will be on the four drivers lowest in points: #88 Alex Bowman, #20 Erik Jones, #14 Clint Bowyer and #1 Kurt Busch.  And to add to the pressure while they race at all too familiar Charlotte Motor Speedway, this race is the second under the Road Course Oval course or Roval. Instead of 1.5 mile oval with four turns, we have a 2.28 mile road course with 17 turns. This year we have some slight changes with an altered chicane and different race package on the cars from last year all in  pressure cooker conditions! This race will leave us with12 drivers in Playoff contention. For sure we know that #19 Martin Truex Jr. will advance to the Round of 12 by virtue of his wins at Las Vegas and Richmond. #4 Kevin Harvick and #18 Kyle Busch are locked in also by virtue of points.  Three of the twelve drivers in the Playoffs will advance from this race regardless of what happens. be, no matter what happens they will advance. #19 Martin Truex scored a road course win earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway and #9 Chase Elliott was the winner up at Watkins Glen in August. #12 Ryan Blaney is the defending champion of this race. Will we have a different road victor at the Roval or someone new? Who will get eliminated from the Playoffs?  We’ll know by the end of the day on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks in advance of the Bank of America Roval 400.