TOP FIVE DRIVERS

 

TOYOTA OWNERS 400 from RICHMOND

The #5 driver has not exactly dominated here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad did get a win here in September of 2014, but hasn’t been great in Richmond – he only has four Top 5’s in 17 starts. Brad has not won yet this year but quietly sits 5th in points and is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He did finish second here in this race last year.

My #4 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 23 starts those wins and ten Top 5’s, speaking of Top 5’s, his last three starts were all Top 5’s including his latest win in the September race in 2016. Denny is also my #4 ranked short track driver.

My #3 driver to watch is another three time winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 34 starts, three wins, and 12 Top 5’s. Kevin last won here in this race in 2013. That is ten races ago, in that time Kevin finished in the Top 5 six times and every one of those ten races was Top 15 or better.

My #2 driver to watch is the hottest driver on the circuit, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 18 starts, two wins, and seven Top 5 finishes. 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.

The #1 driver to watch is my #3 rated short track driver, but has yet to win a race this season, #22 Joey Logano. Joey comes as the defending champion of this race.  Joey has two wins in 18 starts and seven Top 5’s. His last eight races here have all been Top 10’s and six were Top 5’s including both of his wins.

 

 

Monday we’ll preview the Geico 500 from Talladega.

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TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOYOTA OWNERS 400 from RICHMOND RACEWAY

 

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  10. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  11. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  12. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  13. CLINT BOWYER #14
  14. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  15. ERIK JONES #20
  16. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  17. KASEY KAHNE #95
  18. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  19. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  20. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  21. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  22. RYAN BLANEY #12
  23. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  24. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  25. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  26. PAUL MENARD #27
  27. DAVID RAGAN #38
  28. TY DILLON#13
  29. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  30. MICHAEL McDOWELL #34

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST BRISTOL

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #2)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #3)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #4)
  4. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #1)
  5. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #7)

 

  1. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #6)
  2. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)
  3. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #8)
  4. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#10)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #OFF)

 

After six weeks at #1 Furniture Row Racing drop three places to #4. That really speaks not to a huge fall off from the team but just how close the top four teams have been these last weeks. Our new #1 Stewart Haas Racing who move up one spot.  Team Penske follow along and go up a spot to #2. Joe Gibbs Racing won again this week with Kyle Busch and move up one place. Chip Ganassi Racing swap places Hendrick Motorsports there alliance partner. Richard Childress Racing stay put at #6. Wood Brothers Racing also stay put, they were at #8.  Richard Petty Motorsports move up a position to #9 leaving room for Roush Fenway Racing to re-enter the Top 10 at #10. JTG Racing drop out of the Top 10 hopefully we’ll see them return soon.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Richmond.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SHORT TRACK

  1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  7. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  10. CHASE ELLIOTT #9

Top 10 drivers on Short tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Saturday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 from Richmond International Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

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TOYOTA OWNERS 400

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

APRIL 21st, 6:30PM 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. New this year is stage racing. 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: nine or 45%. But two of the last three winners are no longer with the team Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. Richard Childress Racing and Team Penske are next with three wins each in the last ten years. Kyle Larson driving for Chip Ganassi Racing is the most recent winner here and Joey Lagano from Team Penske is the defending champion of this race. Will JGR dominance continue? We’ll know Saturday night under the lights.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on short tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FOOD CITY 500 from BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver has only raced here twice, #11 Erik Jones. Erik has one Top 5, a second place finish in the August night race last year. He is started very well on short tracks last year and is just getting better.

The number #4 driver to watch is the winning-est current driver here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has six wins in just 25 starts! One of those wins was in the August race last year. He has nine Top 5’s. Kyle is hot coming out of Texas with the win and in fact is #1 hottest over the last six races.  He is my #5 ranked short track driver.

My #3 driver is the defending champion of this race, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 30 starts with two wins and 11 Top 5 finishes. He has gotten off to a rough start this year. Jimmie showed some much needed speed in Teaxs but ultimately finished 35th. He sits 15th hottest over the last six races. Hopefully this #1 ranked short track driver will get hot in Thunder Valley.

The #2 pick won two of the summer night races here but never in the spring, #22 Joey Logano.  Joey has 18 starts, those two wins, and four Top 5’s including one in this race last year. He is my #3 ranked short track driver and is #4 hottest over the last six weeks.

The #1 driver to watch is a two time former winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 34 starts, those two wins, and 12 Top 5’s. Kevin last won here in August of 2016, in the night race.  He is my #2 ranked short track driver and is also #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Toyota Owners 400 from the Richmond Int. Raceway.

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

 

FOOD CITY 500-BRISTOL

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. ERIK JONES #20
  6. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  7. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  8. CLINT BOWYER #14
  9. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  10. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  11. KURT BUSCH #41
  12. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  13. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  14. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  15. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  16. KYLE LARSON #42
  17. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  18. RYAN BLANEY #21
  19. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  20. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  21. PAUL MENARD #21
  22. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  23. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  24. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  25. KASEY KAHNE #95
  26. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  27. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  28. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #32
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. TY DILLION #13

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.