Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway
Darlington Raceway • Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas Speedway • Kentucky Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Drivers with Most Top 10s:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4
All with 3 - Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle
All with 3 - Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All with 2 - Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman
Recent Pole Winners:
2013 Rained Out
2012 Kasey Kahne
2011 Matt Kenseth
The Likely Suspects: This week, we get to see how the new aerodynamics rules package will play out on this typical cookie-cutter intermediate track. Will the tweaks to the front and rear spoiler help drivers pass and race side-by-side and create more consistently fun racing?
What we've seen so far is that some race teams are getting a better handle on this car than others. Although there may be a slight advantage for teams like the No. 48 who are doing some extra testing at Las Vegas or similar tracks, the teams that have enjoyed consistent runs here in the past will continue to do well regardless of how NASCAR tweaks the car.
Look for these drivers to have Lady Luck on their side come Sunday: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard.
My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a three-way tie among Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Next, I'm going with Greg Biffle, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are also fine picks this week. However, I will complete my team with Jeff Burton (yes, that's right, Jeff will be racing this week) and Austin Dillon.
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