JJ Yeley – At Nashville, JJ Yeley will be piloting the Rick Ware #15. In 2022, Yeley has piloted the #15 in five races and his average finish over the combined events is 30.8, and minus Darlington where the attrition rate was sky high, Yeley’s gone 4 for 4 at finishing between 30th to 34th. Last year at Nashville in the #51, Yeley finished 27th and had a 25.9 average running position. At Nashville, I think Yeley has a high 20’s ceiling, but a finish in the 30’s is most likely.
Josh Bilicki – At Nashville, look for Josh Bilicki to be a high-twenties to low-thirties driver. In 4 of the last 5 races heading into the weekend, he’s finished between 28th to 32nd. Dover is the most similar track visited over that stretch and at that venue he finished 32nd and had the 35th best Total Speed Ranking. Last year at Nashville, Bilicki finished 26th.
Cody Ware – At Nashville, look for Cody Ware to likely be a low to mid-thirties driver, but if things get really wild, he might finish in the high-twenties. Since Dover minus Darlington and Charlotte where nearly everybody had trouble, Ware has a 33.8 average finish. Dover is the most similar track visited over that stretch, and at that venue he finished 34th (had problems). At shorter-flat tracks visited this year, Ware ranks as the best driver going by Total Speed Rankings. Also over the last six races heading into the weekend, Ware has fielded the fastest car among drivers of this tier. Last year, Ware didn’t race at Nashville.
BJ McLeod – The #78 car is slow, and over the last six races heading into the weekend, McLeod ranks as the slowest driver using the Total Speed Ranking metric. The only drivers I expect to finish behind McLeod will be ones who’ve had DNF level trouble. In 6 of the last 8 races heading into the weekend, McLeod has finished between 30th to 36th. Last year at Nashville, McLeod finished 28th and had a 30.8 average running position.