Corey LaJoie – Corey LaJoie is 4 for 4 in terms of finishing in the 20’s at shorter-flat tracks this year. Over the combined events he has a 26.0 average finish and a 27.3 average running position. This spring at Phoenix, Lajoie finished 26th and had a 28th place average running position. Last year, LaJoie had an engine failure in the fall and in the spring he finished 9 laps down in 31st.
John Hunter Nemechek – At Texas, John Hunter Nemechek had a better than expected debut and finished 21st. That said, the attrition rate was pretty high for a 1.5 mile track so he was definitely aided by that. On Sunday, I’m going to view Nemechek as a mid-twenties driver. At Phoenix earlier in the year in the Xfinity Series he finished 9th.
Landon Cassill – At Phoenix, I would look for Landon Cassill to be a mid to high-twenties driver. Over the last three months he’s almost always finished within that range. The only exceptions are races where he crashed and Talladega. At the last two shorter-flat tracks visited this year he has results of 28th (Richmond) and 26th (New Hampshire). At Phoenix, Cassill has finished in the 20’s in 5 of the last 6 races. Earlier this year at Phoenix, Cassill didn’t have a good race and finished 33rd. He never ran better than the high-twenties and its apparent he had some sort of major issued which caused him to be the garage for a good portion of the race. Last year at Phoenix, Cassill had results of 24th and 26th.
Ross Chastain – At Phoenix, I think Ross Chastian is in for a long afternoon and on Sunday I would look for him to be a high-twenties to low-thirties performer. This year over the four combined races held at shorter-flat tracks he has a 29.5 average finish and a 32.0 average running position. At Phoenix, Chastain has a 26.0 average finish and over his three races he’s finished between 24th to 27th. Earlier this year in the desert, he finished 27th and had a 30th place average running position. Last year, Chastain had results of 24th and 27th.