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Drivers who were penalized practice time this session: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were both penalized 30 minutes. Paul Menard – Daniel Hemric was driving his car again. Ten minutes into practice while he was 23rd he said, “It’s getting tight rolling center & it carries center exit,” Menard will drive the #27 in Happy […]
Michael McDowell – Look for Michael McDowell to be a high-teens to low-twenties driver at Texas. On a weekly basis this year at 1.5 mile tracks a result around that range should almost always be expected, I don’t see why Texas should be different. In 5 of the 9 races at tracks of this length […]
Jamie McMurray – Jamie McMurray has been a strong performer at 1.5 mile tracks this season. On Sunday I would look for him to be a low double digits driver who’ll compete for a top ten. This year at 1.5 mile tracks minus Kansas #2 McMurray has an 8.4 average finish, a 10.5 average running […]
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. has been historically great at 1.5 mile tracks, and on Sunday he’ll be tough to beat. This year at tracks of this length he’s won 6 races, has a 2.8 average finish, a 4.8 average running position, has led 947 laps and is the only driver who’s finished […]
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David Ragan – In 3 of the last 4 Martinsville races David Ragan has finished between 21st and 25th. On Sunday if you pick him I would look for him to likely be a low to mid-twenties driver. This spring Ragan finished 24th and had a 28th place average running position. Last fall Ragan finished […]
Aric Almirola – Martinsville is a good track for Aric Almirola. If you’re looking for a driver who can be a low double digits to high-teens driver he fits the bill. Since 2015 minus a spring 2016 engine failure he’s finished in the top 18 every race. Over that stretch minus his engine failure he […]
Jamie McMurray – Martinsville is a great track for Jamie McMurray. He runs extremely well here and is almost always a top ten contender. In his career at Martinsville he’s finished in the top ten 52% percent of the time, at no other track is he better in that statistic. In recent Martinsville races he’s […]
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch will be tough to beat at Martinsville and should be viewed as the favorite. He’s a recent winner who currently has four straight top 5 finishes. Over those four races he has the best driver rating, best average finish (3.3), best average running position (4.5) and has led the laps […]
Drivers who were in race trim the entire session: Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman. Denny Hamlin – Started in race trim. His crew chief was concerned about the weather tomorrow. Just looking for a solid run this weekend because of his points […]
Michael McDowell – At Kansas I’m going to project Michael McDowell as a high-teens to low-twenties driver. This spring he finished 13th but by no means would I feel comfortable expecting that type of production out of him again. In that race it should be noted he had a 25th place average running position and […]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – I’m not going to set the bar too high for Dale Earnhardt Jr. If he’s a mid-teens driver I’ll be happy. His team simply isn’t performing well right now so there’s not much reason to be optimistic. This spring at Kansas, Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th. I will note he wasn’t having […]
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be the driver to beat at Kansas. He won here this spring, and this year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s been a super elite performer. Over the 8 combined races at tracks of this length he has 5 wins, a 3.0 average finish, a 4.1 average running […]