Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski had a great car last August at Michigan, but finished an asterisk mark 17th. “Performance Wise” he had one of the best cars. He led a race high 105 laps, won Stage #1 and finished 2nd in Stage #2. Some pit strategy during the final segment got him back a little in the running order, and then at the time of the Green-White-Checker while he was around 10th mayhem ensued which cost him a ton of positions. If his race would’ve been smoother I think he was a lock for a top five.
Matt Kenseth – Last August at Michigan chaos ensued during the final restart, and Matt Kenseth caused it. I don’t know if he missed a shift or had some sort of parts failure but he plummeted in the running order and it hurt other drivers in the process. At the time of the Green-White-Checker restart he was in 3rd, when the checkered flag waved he finished 24th.
Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney had a very competitive car last summer at Michigan but finished a misleading 15th. “Performance Wise” I think he was likely a top five contender. On lap 131 while he was battling Kevin Harvick for 4th he had a cut tire and then immediately came down pit road, he never fully recovered from that.