William Byron – William Byron had a troubled track debut at Kansas this spring and finished 33rd after getting caught up in a late wreck with 15 laps to go. I will note he didn’t perform bad, and realistically I thought he was mid-teens good. With 40 laps to go before mayhem ensued he was running in 15th. For the evening his average running position was 17th. On Sunday I’m going to project him as a high-teens driver.
Chris Buescher – At Kansas, I think Chris Buescher will likely be a high-teens driver. That’s essentially his teams weekly level of performance right now. Las Vegas is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and he finished 15th there. This spring at Kansas I think he had a great chance to finish in the high-teens but he wrecked late which led to his 34th place finish. About ten laps prior to wrecking he was running right around 20th. I’ll note his average running position despite his late problem was 20th. Last fall, I thought he was high-teens good but he really benefited from late attrition and went on to finish 6th. In spring 2017 he finished 18th and had a 20th place average running position. In 2016 he had results of 21st and 24th.
Regan Smith – Regan Smith has run well in the #95 car. Over his six races he has an 18.2 average result and has only once finished lower than 21st. Las Vegas is the lone 1.5 mile track he’s raced at this year and at that venue he finished 12th, but don’t overlook his 24th place average running position and 24th best driver rating. On Sunday I would look for Smith to be a high-teens to low-twenties driver.