TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS:  SHORT TRACKS

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  8. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

Top 10 on short tracks, Friday night look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.

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 TO WATCH

ALSCO 500:Charlotte Top 5 Drivers to Watch

The #5 pick could have and should have won Sunday night, #9 Chase Elliott. Chase had the race until the yellow flag flew. Chase has 8 starts, 0 wins and 3 top 5’s 38%.  His three Top 5’s came  in his last four races. Hendrick Motorsports showed speed at Darlington and at Charlotte. Wednesday will be no exception but many others learned a great deal and adjustments are being made at many teams. It will be interesting to see if they get all four cars get up in the Top 10 again Wednesday night.                     

My #4 pick is a three-time former-winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Yes, he has three wins, but in 37 career starts he only has nine Top 5’s…nine. He is ranked #1 for me on tracks like this and is #1hottest over the last six races. His last 13 races have delivered seven of nine career Top 5’s and two of his wins. He is on a good streak here and add to that his #1 rank over the last six races he should keep the streak going.   

My #3 pick has never won here, #11 Denny Hamlin. No wins but he has finished Top 5 in a third of his starts. He has 28 starts, no wins and nine Top 5 finishes. Six of his Top 5’s have come in his last eight starts. Denny came into Charlotte hot off a win at Darlington. Denny had a tough and long night Sunday when he lost his weights and began the race 8 laps down. Talk about high to low. Look for Denny to come out hot and stay hot.

My #2 driver won here two years ago in the 600, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 31 starts here, one win and 14 Top 5’s. 45%. He not only won here two years ago, he has four Top 5’s in his last five starts. He is #3 ranked on tracks like this but is #11 hottest over the last six races. 

My #1 driver is a three time winner here, #19 Martin Truex Jr.  Martin has 28 starts, three wins, and seven Top 5’s. All seven of his top 5’s including his three wins have come in his last nine races. He is rated #2 on tracks like this and this helps to make Martin the man to watch on Wednesday night in the Queen city. He sits #6 in points and is #8 hottest over the last six weeks.

Thursday look for our preview of the FOOD CITY 500 from Bristol.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

ALSCO 500 from Charlotte  

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. KURT BUSCH #1
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. TYLER REDDICK #8
  12. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  13. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  14. MATT KENSETH #42
  15. ERIK JONES #20
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. CHRIS BUESCHER #17
  19. BUBBA WALLACE JR. #43
  20. COLE CUSTER #41
  21. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #47
  23. CLINT BOWYER #14
  24. DANIEL SUAREZ #96
  25. TY DILLON #13
  26. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #21
  27. JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK #38
  28. CHRISTOPHER BELL #95
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

Tuesday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the ALSCO 500.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP TEN TEAMS

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

Team Penske and Brad Keselowski get the big win at Charlotte and stay at #1. Hendrick Motorsports showed some great speed and almost got a win. Instead of a win with the #9 car, HMS saw #9 Chase Elliott finish instead at #2 after #48 Jimmie Johnson had inspections issues and wound up in 39th. So many times all four cars were in the Top 10. A big night from #9 sees them move up a place to #2. Joe Gibbs Racing are starting to find their footing again. All four cars are showing speed again and that gets them to #3 from #4. Stewart Haas Racing drop two spots after all four cars never show dominance. Wood Brothers Racing with their new driver Matt DiBennedetto surprise many by staying at #5 again. Richard Childress Racing had a great night from both drivers and stay at #6. Chip Ganassi Racing had a up and down night but stay at #7. Richard Petty Motorsports stay at #8. Roush Fenway Racing stay at #9. Germain Racing stay at #10.  

Tuesday morning look for our Top 30 drivers for the Alsco 500 from Charlotte and Tuesday night we break down the Top 5 driver’s.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS:  SHORT TRACKS

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  8. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

Top 10 on short tracks, Friday night look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

ALSCO 500

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MAY 29th, 8PM ET on FOX  TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Segment 1/55 Laps, Seg 2/115, Seg 3/208

Our fourth Pandemic race and second mid week special. At 500k and 208 laps it should go by pretty quick. This race at 500 kilometers is just over half of the race on Sunday. That race started so much earlier in the day and at almost double the length. That race is all about managing transition. The teams that did well in stages 3 and 4 from Sunday should prevail. Obviously with Jimmie Johnson dropping 39 spots after inspection all eyes will be ongetting thru pre race inspection and getting the Top 3 thru post race inspection. One thing is still true after this race, no one team has dominated here of late. In the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and Richard Childress Racing all have three wins. But Toyota cars have won the  thereof the last four races. All of those motors came out of the Joe Gibbs Racing shop. Will one of the four teams with three wins each step up and get a fourth win? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Monday night look for our Top 10 drivers on tracks similar to Charlotte Motor Speedway.