TOP TEN DRIVERS byTRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. RYAN BLANEY #12
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 Drivers for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan Int. Speedway.

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RACE PREVIEW

TOYOTA SAVE MART 350

SONOMA RACEWAY

June 23rd, 3:00PM Charlotte Time FS 1 TV

2.52 Miles 12 turns

Three times a year NASCAR makes a detour from the standard oval and gets its swerve on – on a road course. No more just turn left and go. Instead of going counter-clockwise like you would on an oval, road courses go clockwise and twist and turn the whole way. Here at Sonoma Raceway the drivers have 10 turns on an almost 2 mile course in a truly beautiful part of California. We can expect some new faces as road racing regulars from non-NASCAR series insert themselves into the fray. Most of these will be drivers who will replace cup drivers who don’t feel up to the road course challenge. Ten drivers starting this race have previously won a road course at the Monster Energy Cup level. Six have of them have won here and five have won at Watkins Glen one has won at the new road style course at Charlotte that debuted last year. Kyle Busch has won at both two times each. Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick each have a win at both tracks. Stewart Haas Racing and the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing have won here twice in the last ten years. Toyota seems to have a road course advantage here with four wins in the last ten years, the most of any manufacturer. Will Toyota keep the edge here in wine country? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 18, look for our Top 10 drivers on road course tracks.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

POCANO 400:POCANO

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

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s POCANO 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST CHARLOTTE

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

After 13 weeks we still find Joe Gibbs Racing in the top spot  That is not a surprise coming off a huge win from Martin Truex Jr in Charlotte. But Team Penske is getting very close to the #1 spot. Hendrick Motorsports had four drivers in the Top 10 at Charlotte and move up a place to #3. Stewart Haas Racing drop a place to #4. Chip Ganassi Racing stay at #5. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #6. Fellow Ford team Roush Fenway Racing drop a place to #7. Richard Childress Racing remain at #8. JTG Daugherty Racing move up a spot to #9. Lastly Germain Racing drop back to #10.          

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the Pocano 400 from Pocano Raceway.

TOP EN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPES

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE:

POCANO

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KYLE LARSON #42
  6. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. KURT  BUSCH #1
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12

Top ten drivers on flat tracks, Thursday look for our top 30 drivers at Pocano Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

THE POCANO 400

POCANO RACEWAY
June 2nd, 2PM Charlotte time on FS 1 TV
2.5 Miles, Turn #1 14 Degrees, #2 8 Degrees, #3 6 Degrees of Banking

Stage #1 50 laps, Stage #2 50 laps, Stage #3 60 laps

After 13 races it is time we visit the tricky triangle. Is this a road course, flat track, or a tri-oval? How about all of the above? Only 3 turns, yet each one is different. When you attend this race in this spectacular part of the country it is like watching a road course because you can’t really see every turn on the track. 400 miles and the longest straightaway on the circuit means it is a battle of horsepower and endurance: endurance of the driver in the heat and of the motor for over 400 miles. Two teams account for 60% of the wins here in the last ten years.  Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing each have six victories in the last 10 years. The JGR/Toyota motor shop sat in victory lane the last three straight races.  This season wins have been dominated by two teams Joe Gibbs Racing with eight wins and Team Penske and their four wins. Can Joe Gibbs Racing maintain their dominance at this track and this season? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on flat tracks. Thursday we’ll have our Top 30 drivers in advance of the race at Pocono.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

Top 5 Drivers to watch: POCANO

The #5 driver is a former winner here, #12 Ryan Blaney. Ryan won in this race two years ago and has just six starts. He is my #10 flat track driver but he is also #11 hottest over the last six races. This team continues to just get better and I think they should have a great day in the mountains.

My #4 driver is the defending champion of this race, #19 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has two wins here in just 26 starts, he also has just five Top 5’s. He is my #6 rated flat track driver and comes in here 7th hottest over the last six races this season. His other win here was in this early race in 2010.

My #3 pick has a great Top five streak going here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 18 starts, one win, and nine Top 5’s including six of the last seven straight races. Brad is my #3 rated flat track driver and he is #3 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #2 driver is the most recent winner here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 28 starts and that win last July and the July before and seven Top 5’s. Kyle is my #2 ranked flat track driver and sits #1 in points but he is #6 hottest over the last six races.

The #1 driver has never won here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 36 starts, no wins, and 12 Top 5’s. He is also my #1 ranked flat track driver. He is #5 hottest over the last six weeks. He has five straight Top 5 finishes here including two 2nd place finishes in 2017. Currently winless I think “the Closer” will close in the Pocanos.

Monday look for our preview of the FireKeepers Casino 400 from Michigan Intl. Speedway.