William Byron – William Byron had an abysmal Las Vegas debut in March, for fantasy purposes I’m going to pretend it never happened. He wasn’t remotely competitive earlier this year. He finished 27th, had a 28th place average running position and earned the 28th best driver rating. On Sunday I’m going to view him as a mid to high-teens driver. I will note I would probably lean more towards the high-teens.
Regan Smith – Regan Smith will be driving the #95 in place of Kasey Kahne at Las Vegas. “Performance Wise” I’m expecting him to be a high-teens to low-twenties driver just like Kahne would’ve been. At Indy when he drove the #95 he finished 20th. At Las Vegas, Smith’s most recent result was a 25th in 2016 when he drove the #33 car. In the two Las Vegas races prior to that he had results of 15th and 16th.
Trevor Bayne – Trevor Bayne will be piloting the #6 at Las Vegas. I think a result in the low-twenties should likely be expected. At Las Vegas he has 8 starts under his belt and sports an 18.8 average finish. This spring there was nothing special about his performance. He finished 20th, had a 22nd place average running position and earned the 24th best driver rating. In 2017, Bayne had a solid performance. He finished 13th, had a 15th place average running position and earned the 15th best driver rating. It should be noted that early in 2017 Bayne’s team did pretty good at 1.5 mile tracks and as the season progressed his level of performance dropped. In 2016 he was a high-teens driver. He finished 17th, had a 19th place average running position and earned the 20th best driver rating. In the three races prior to that he finished in the twenties.