TOP 30 DRIVERS

FOLDS OF HONOR QUIK TRIP 500 from ATLANTA

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  4. KURT BUSCH #1
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. ERIK JONES #20
  9. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  11. CLINT BOWYER #14
  12. RYAN BLANEY #12
  13. MATT KENSETH #42
  14. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  15. TYLER REDDICK #8
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  19. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  20. JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK #38
  21. COLE CUSTER #41
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  23. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  24. CHRISTOPHER BELL #95
  25. DANIEL SUAREZ #96
  26. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  27. TY DILLON #13
  28. BUBBA WALLACE #43
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. RYAN PREECE #37

Friday we break down the Top 5 driver’s to watch.

TOP TEN OWNERS

TOP TEN TEAMS

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

Team Penske get the win and not surprisingly they stay at #1 again this week. Joe Gibbs Racing see the results of several good races and move up a place to #2. Stewart Haas Racing bounce up a space to #3 this week. Hendrick Motorsports after several fluky finishes drop two spots to #4. Wood Brothers Racing with their new driver Matt DiBennedetto surprise many by staying at #5 yet again. Again we see three Ford teams in the Top 5. Chip Ganassi Racing settles in a little bit and moves up to #6. Richard Childress Racing are still looking strong but do drop a place to #7. Roush Fenway Racing move up a place to #8. Front Row Motorsports stay in the Top 10 at #9. JTG Daugherty Racing drop out of the Top10. 

Thursday morning look for our Top 30 drivers for the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 from Atlanta and on Friday we break down the Top 5 driver’s.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  3. KURT BUSCH #1
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. ERIK JONES #20
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 from Atlanta.

RACE PREVIEW

FOLDS OF HONOR QUICK TRIP 500

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

June 7th, 3:00PM ET on FOX TV

1.54 Miles 24 Degrees of Banking

Stages end after laps
105/210/325

Atlanta is one the fastest and probably the #1 favorite track amongst the drivers to drive on. Great sweeping turns and a smooth surface are two of the main reasons. At 1.54 miles, it is a tad bigger than the many other “cookie cutter tracks.” But the date for this race has seen many changes over the years. Four teams have dominated here in the last ten years or 11 races. Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins with four. Team Penske has three wins in that time. Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart Haas Racing have two wins each.  These four teams and seven different drivers account for all the wins in the last ten years. We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on intermediate tracks.  Thursday we rank the top 30 drivers for the QUIK TRIP 500.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FOOD CITY 500 from BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver is coming off of a big win in Charlotte, #9 Chase Elliot. He has had a couple of close calls where looked to be headed to victory lane. He finally got his first win of the year Sunday night in the Queen city. Here Chase has just eight starts with no wins and three Top 5 finishes-38%.You have to go back to this race in 2017 for a won from his team Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson got that win. I think Chase win be in the front of the HMS pack. He is 5th hottest over the last six races. Chase finished 5th in his last stop here.

The #4 driver to watch is a two time former winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 38 starts, those two wins, and 12 Top 5’s. Kevin last won here in August of 2016, in the night race. His last Top 5 was in 2017. Can he recapture the magic? I think so, he is my #1 ranked short track driver and is also #4 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #3 driver is the most recent winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 28 starts, a win in August of 2012 and in the night race last year, nine Top 5’s-32%. Denny already has two wins this year and is happy to here where he had a win last year and a 5th place finish in this race. He is also #2 rated on the short tracks.   

The #2 pick has won two of the summer night races here but never in the spring, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 22 starts, those two wins, and six Top 5’s. He is my #3 ranked short track driver and is #3 hottest over the last six weeks.

The number #1 driver to watch is the winning-est current driver here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has eight wins in just 29 starts! One of those wins was in this race last year. He has 12 Top 5’s-41%. Kyle has had some tough racing luck so far this year but this could be a change of luck. He is my #1 ranked short track driver.

Monday look for our preview of the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 from the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FOOD CITY 500-BRISTOL

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  7. KURT BUSCH #1
  8. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  9. RYAN BLANEY #12
  10. CLINT BOWYER #14
  11. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  12. MATT KENSETH #42
  13. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  14. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  15. ERIK JONES #20
  16. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. DANIEL SUAREZ #96
  19. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  20. TYLER REDDICK#8
  21. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  22. COLE CUSTER #41
  23. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  24. RYAN PREECE #37
  25. TY DILLION #13
  26. JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK #38
  27. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  28. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  29. CHRISTOPHER BELL #95
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

Tonight we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEAM TEAMS

TOP TEN TEAMS

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

Team Penske don’t get the win but they are still strong enough to stay at #1. Hendrick Motorsports a huge we;; deserved win from #9 Chase Elliott. It’s their second win of the year and with the speed they are showing we’ll see many more wins. Joe Gibbs Racing still showing growth stay at #3. Stewart Haas Racing stay at #4 this week. Wood Brothers Racing with their new driver Matt DiBennedetto surprise many by staying at #5 again. And you wonder how many people thought there would be three Ford teams in the Top 5? Richard Childress Racing had another great night from both drivers and stay at #6. Chip Ganassi Racing had some highs and lows but stay at #7. Front Row Motorsports return to the Top 10 at #8 with a solid vet and a red hot rookie. Roush Fenway Racing stay at #9. JTG Daugherty Racing return to the Top 10 at #10. Richard Petty Motorsports and Germain Racing drop out of the Top10.  

Saturday afternoon look for our Top 30 drivers for the Food City 500 from Bristol and later on Saturday we break down the Top 5 driver’s.