TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SUPER SPEEDWAY TRACKS

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  5. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. PAUL MENARD #21
  8. CLINT BOWYER #14
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. AUSTIN DILLION #3

Top 10 on Super Speedway tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s GEICO 500 from Talladega Super Speedway.

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RACE PREVIEW

tal 15.1

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
APRIL 28th, 2 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV
2.66 MILES, 33 Degrees of Banking

Stage 1/55 laps Stage 2/55 laps Stage 3/78 laps

 

This is race ten and the second superspeedway race of the year. Beginning with this race superspeedway cars will utilize a new downforce aero package and a smaller tapered spacer to restrict air flow to each engine that will offset the need for a restrictor plate, which has been used at this track since 1987. As a result, the cars will have more horsepower and more maneuverability, along with more downforce and stability to provide even more passing opportunities throughout the entire field. This track already holds the record for most lead changes (88) in NASCAR. We should still see what we have almost always seen here-pack racing, a tightly bunched pack of cars two and three wide for most of the day. We are only nine races into the season and no one wants to get caught up in someone else’s mistake or misfortune. Many times drivers who know each other will move thru traffic on the track together nose to tail – “drafting” – and with the season just beginning, it will be interesting to see if old alliances stay intact or if new ones are formed due to team loyalties or drivers wanting to hook up with others they think can take them farther. Ford  has won 12 of the last 20 races here, including the last seven in a row. Team Penske has eight of those wins and Stewart Haas driver Aric Almirola won here during the Playoffs last year for the most recent Ford win. Will Ford dominance continue? We’ll know on Sunday.

 

Tuesday, April 23rd look for our Top 10 drivers on superspeedway tracks in advance of the Geico 500 from Talladega.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOYOTA OWNERS 400 from RICHMOND

The #5 driver has not exactly dominated here, #9 Chase Elliot. Chase has seven starts here and two top 5’s. He notched both of those top 5’s here last year, a second place finish in this race last year and a fifth place finish in the fall. Chase is my #6 ranked short track driver and is #6 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #4 driver to watch is a three time winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 36 starts, three wins, and 14 Top 5’s. Kevin last won here in this race in 2013. That is 12 races ago, in that time Kevin finished in the Top 5 eight times and every one of those 12 races was Top 15 or better. Kevin is #4 ranked on short tracks and fourth hottest over the last six weeks.

The #3 driver to watch won this race two years ago, #22 Joey Logano. Joey is one of only four drivers that have won a race this year. Here Joey has two wins in 20 starts and eight Top 5’s. His last ten races here have all been Top 15’s and six were Top 5’s including both of his wins. Joey is my #3 ranked short track driver and is #2 hottest over the last six races.

My #2 driver to watch is the hottest driver on the circuit and the winning-est current driver here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 27 starts, six wins, and 17 Top 5 finishes (63%). He is #1 hottest over the last six weeks and he also sits #1 in points. He just won in Bristol so we know he is a pretty good short track driver….And he won both races here last year.

My #1 driver is the hometown hero here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny grew up not from here. He is also one of the current top three winning-est drivers here with three career wins. He has 25 start, those wins and 11 Top 5’s, speaking of Top 5’s, four of his last five starts were Top 5’s including his latest win in the September race in 2016. Denny is also my #1 ranked short track driver.

Monday we’ll preview the Geico 500 from Talladega.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOYOTA QWNERS 400-RICHMOND

1. DENNY HAMLIN #11
2. KYLE BUSCH #18
3. JOEY LOGANO #22
4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
7. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
8. MARTIN TRUEX #19
9. KYLE LARSON #42
10. KURT BUSCH #1
11. RYAN BLANEY #12
12. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
13. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
14. CLINT BOWYER #14
15. ALEX BOWMAN #88
16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
17. ERIK JONES #20
18. RYAN NEWMAN #6
19. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
20. WILLIAM BYRON #24
21. PAUL MENARD #21
22. TY DILLON #13
23. RYAN PREECE #47
24. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
25. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
26. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
27. DAVID RAGAN #38
28. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
29. MATT TIFFIT #36
30. DANIEL HEMRIC #8

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

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

Kyle Busch got his third win of the year at Bristol and the fifth win of the year for his team Joe Gibbs Racing. It is no surprise then that they stay at #1 for the eighth straight week. That leaves Team Penske, the only other team with wins this year (three), in #2 place. For the second week in a row we see no changes in our top ten teams. Stewart Haas Racing were #1 at this time last year are still trying to find the speed they had last year. Chip Ganassi Racing and their motor partner Hendrick Motorsports fill out the top five. Roush Fenway Racing were #10 at this time last year are happy to be at #6. They are followed by fellow Ford team Wood Brothers Racing. At #8 & #9 we find allied teams Germain Racing and Richard Childress Racing. Lastly just hanging inside the top ten we have JTG Daugherty Racing.

These are the Top Ten Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Richmond.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOYOTA OWNERS 400 from RICHMOND

The #5 driver has not exactly dominated here, #9 Chase Elliot. Chase has seven starts here and two top 5’s. He notched both of those top 5’s here last year, a second place finish in this race last year and a fifth place finish in the fall. Chase is my #6 ranked short track driver and is #6 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #4 driver to watch is a three time winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 36 starts, three wins, and 14 Top 5’s. Kevin last won here in this race in 2013. That is 12 races ago, in that time Kevin finished in the Top 5 eight times and every one of those 12 races was Top 15 or better. Kevin is #4 ranked on short tracks and fourth hottest over the last six weeks.

The #3 driver to watch won this race two years ago, #22 Joey Logano. Joey is one of only four drivers that have won a race this year. Here Joey has two wins in 20 starts and eight Top 5’s. His last ten races here have all been Top 15’s and six were Top 5’s including both of his wins. Joey is my #3 ranked short track driver and is #2 hottest over the last six races.

My #2 driver to watch is the hottest driver on the circuit and the winning-est current driver here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 27 starts, six wins, and 17 Top 5 finishes (63%). He is #1 hottest over the last six weeks and he also sits #1 in points. He just won in Bristol so we know he is a pretty good short track driver….And he won both races here last year.

My #1 driver is the hometown hero here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny grew up not from here. He is also one of the current winning-est drivers here with three career wins. He has 25 starts those wins and 11 Top 5’s, speaking of Top 5’s, four of his last five starts were Top 5’s including his latest win in the September race in 2016. Denny is also my #1 ranked short track driver.

Monday we’ll preview the Geico 500 from Talladega.

RACE PREVIEW

RR 19.1

TOYOTA OWNERS 400

RICHMOND RACEWAY

APRIL 13, 7:30PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

¾ MILE 14 DEGREES of BANKING

 

The last race of the spring short track season promises the one constant of all short tracks:  short tempers. Success here will depend on how well you qualify and whether or not you can stay up front and hopefully out of the sheet metal bumping and bending that you usually find in the back and middle of the pack. The race will be run in three stages the first and second 100 laps each and the third is 200 laps. In the last ten years, Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins of any team: 11 or 55%. That includes a sweep last year of both races here by Kyle Busch. Team Penske is the next winning-est team with three wins in the last ten years. Will JGR dominance continue? We’ll know Saturday night under the lights.

 

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on short tracks.