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Who is hot, who is not in Xfinity ahead of Road America

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The Xfinity Series heads to its third road course of the season this weekend when it visits Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

It is the series’ ninth race at the track.

The last seven road course races have been won by a different driver. This year’s races have been won by Joey Logano (Watkins Glen) and Justin Allgaier (Mid-Ohio).

The pass for the win came in the final eight laps in the last three road courses races.

Here’s a look at which Xfinity drivers are on hot and cold streaks.

Who is Hot

Cole Custer – Finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 12 races including the last six. Finished in the top 10 in the last three road course races including an eighth at Road America last year in his first start there.

Elliott Sadler – Finished in the top 10 in six of the last eight races. Finished in the top 10 in four of his seven starts at Road America (tied for the most top 10s there). His 17 top 10s on road courses leads all drivers.

Brendan Gaughan – Four top-five finishes at Road America, including a win in 2014, leads all drivers.

Justin Allgaier– Finished in the top 10 in the last 10 races (his career longest streak) including two wins (Iowa and Mid-Ohio). Finished in top three in both road course races in 2018 and finished in top 10 in three of his last four Road America starts including a runner-up in 2013.

Christopher Bell – Four wins in 2018, including three in the last six races. 11 top-three finishes on the
season, but has only one top-10 finish on a road course (ninth at Watkins Glen). Finished second at Bristol.

Who is Not

Matt Tifft – Only three top-10 finishes in the last 11 races, but was fourth at Mid-Ohio in the last road
course race. Finished a career-best third at Road America last year

Tyler Reddick – Two top-10 finishes in the last eight races of 2018.

Brandon Jones – Finished in top 10 in two of the last eight races. Has only one top-10 finish in
nine road course starts.

Daniel Hemric – Finished in top 10 in one of the last five races (third at Mid-Ohio). Finished
in top three in two of his last four road course starts.

Ty Majeski – Finished a career-best 10th at Iowa but it is his only finish better than 22nd in six starts in 2018.

Who is hot and not entering the Bristol night race

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The Cup Series heads to Bristol, Tennessee, for its annual night race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30p.m. ET on Saturday on NBCSN).

There are only three races left in the regular season and anything can happen on the half-mile track.

Here’s who is hot and not entering the race courtesy of Racing Insights.

Who is Hot

Kevin Harvick
• Won at Michigan (1st in Stage 1, 1st in Stage 2, 108 laps led)
• Won 7 of last 22 races
• Won 12 stages in 2018 (had 6 in all of 2017)
• Finished in Top 5 in 8 of last 10 races
• In 23 races in 2018, 19 top 10s (including 7 wins) & 4 finishes of 19th or worse
• Finished 8th or better in 6 straight Bristol races, including win in Aug. 2016 (7th in April)
• Started 29th, 11th in Stage 1, 3rd in Stage 2, finished 8th in this race one year ago
• Finished 7th or better, including 3 Top 5s, in the last 4 short track races
• Finished 8th or better in 7 of last 8 short track races

Chase Elliott
• Finished 9th at Michigan (34th in Stage 1, 13th in Stage 2); pit on Lap 37 due to vibration while running 20th
• Top 10 in the last four races
• Finished in Top 10 in 7 of last 10 races
• Finished 15th or worse in 3 of last 4 Bristol races (29th in April)
• Two top 10s in 5 career Bristol starts
• In last year’s race started 4th, 4th in Stage 1, 11th in Stage 2, 2 laps led, finished 18th; spun on
backstretch while running 6th on lap 396
• Top 10 in two of three short track starts in 2018

Kyle Busch
• Finished 3rd at Michigan (2nd in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2, 22 laps led)
• Won 6 of last 17 races
• Finished in top 5 in 10 of last 11 races
• Michigan was his 17th top-five finish in 2018, tying his most top 5s in a single season
• Finished in the Top 5 in 17 of 23 races this season
• Won last 2 Bristol races
• Finished 29th or worse in 5 of last 8 Bristol starts (4 DNFs)
• Leads active drivers with 7 wins and 2,233 laps led at Bristol
• Started 18th, 1st in Stage 1, 8th in Stage 2, 156 laps led, won this race one year ago
• Won 4 of last 6 short track races
• Top-two finishes in five of the last six short track races
• Average finish of 1.3 on short tracks in 2018

Kurt Busch
• Finished 6th at Michigan (4th in Stage 1, 4th in Stage 2)
• Top-10 in the last five races of 2018
• Finished 22nd or worse in 3 of last 4 Bristol races (22nd in April)
• Started 25th, 14th in Stage 1, 12th in Stage 2, finished 5th in this race one year ago; hit the wall on lap 276
while running 11th
• Finished 11th or worse in the last four short track races

 

Who is Not Hot

Jamie McMurray
• Finished 21st at Michigan (18th in Stage 1, 20th in Stage 2, 1 lap led)
• Finished outside the top 10 in 8 of the last 10 races of 2018
• Finished 15th or worse in 18 of 23 races this season
• Finished 12th or worse in 3 straight Bristol races and 11th or worse in 6 of last 7 Bristol races (19th in April)
• Started 11th, 17th in Stage 1, 15th in Stage 2, finished 12th in this race one year ago
• Has not had a top 10 in the last six short track races

Clint Bowyer
• Finished 12th at Michigan (13th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2)
• Finished outside the top-10 in the last six races of 2018
• Finished top 10 in 4 of last 6 Bristol races (8th in April)
• In last year’s race started 9th, 15th in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2, finished 19th
• Top 10 in the last four short track races including a win at Martinsville in April

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
• Finished 18th at Michigan (15th in Stage 1, 19th in Stage 2)
• Finished outside the top 10 in 10 straight races
• Finished 14th or worse in 19 of 23 races in 2018
• Top 10 in three of the last four Bristol races
• Six Top 10s in 11 career Bristol starts
• In last year’s race, started 14th, 12th in Stage 1, 21st in Stage 2, finished 14th; scraped wall on
lap 201 with flat right-front tire while running 9th; penalized for speeding exiting pits on Lap 418
• Finished 14th or worse in 4 of last 6 short track races

Paul Menard
• Finished 16th at Michigan (19th in Stage 1, 11th in Stage 2)
• Finished outside the top-10 in 8 straight races and 9 of last 10
• Finished outside the top-10 in 7 straight Bristol races (13th in April)
• In last year’s race started 27th, 26th in Stage 1, 9th in Stage 2, finished 16th
• No top 10s in 14 straight short track races

Bubba Wallace
• Finished 23rd at Michigan (25th in Stage 1, 23rd in Stage 2)
• Finished 14th or worse in 16 straight races
• Finished 20th or worse in 16 of 23 races in 2018
• Started 20th, 21st in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2, 6 laps led, finished 16th at Bristol in April, his only start
at the track
• Finished 16th or worse in 3 career short track starts

Who is hot, not heading into Watkins Glen

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It’s time to go road racing again this season as the Cup Series heads to the Empire State to compete at Watkins Glen International.

Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC) is the second of three road course races this season.

The last six races at WGI have been won by six different drivers.

According to Racing Insights, here’s who is hot and not entering the 22nd race of the season.

Kevin Harvick
• Finished 4th at Pocono (2nd in Stage 1, 1st in Stage 2, led 30 laps); started 29th after pole-winning
qualifying lap was disallowed due to failed inspection)
• Won 6 of last 20 races
• Won 10 stages in 2018 (had 6 in all of 2017)
• 6 wins is most in a single season
• Led 1,000+ laps in single season for fourth time in career; all four times were in the last five years
• Finished in top 5 in 3 straight races and 7 of last 8
• In 21 races in 2018, has 17 finishes of 7th or better (including 6 wins)
• Finished in the Top 5 in 20 of last 25 races, dating back to last season
• Finished 13th or worse in 4 of last 6 Watkins Glen races
• Started 20th, 29th in Stage 1, 26th in Stage 2, finished 17th in this race one year ago
• Finished 7th or better in 6 of last 8 road course races, including win at Sonoma in 2017

Chase Elliott
• Finished 7th at Pocono (1st in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2, 14 laps led)
• Finished top 10 in the last two races
• Finished in Top 10 in 5 of last 8 races
• Two stage wins in 2018, both have come in the last two races (Had 3 in 2017)
• Finished 13th in both career starts at Watkins Glen (2016 & 2017)
• Started 4th, placed 3rd in Stage 1 and 18th in Stage 2, led 9 laps, finished 13th in this race one year ago
• Two Top 10s in 5 career road course starts (both at Sonoma)

Kyle Busch
• Won at Pocono (4th in Stage 1, 25th in Stage 1, 52 laps led); started 28th after 2nd-fastest qualifying lap was
disallowed due to failed inspection
• Won 6 of last 15 races
• Finished in Top 5 in 8 of last 9 races
• Finished in the Top 5 in 15 of 21 races this season
• Finished 7th or better in 3 straight Watkins Glen races
• Finished 9th or better in 11 of last 12 Watkins Glen races, including wins in 2008 and 2013
• Started 1st, 1st in Stage 1, 9th in Stage 2, 21 laps led, finished 7th in this race one year ago; pit for a 2nd time
on lap 23 due to a loose wheel
• Finished 7th or better in 7 straight road course races, including win at Sonoma in 2015

Ryan Newman
• Finished 8th at Pocono (13th in Stage 1, 13th in Stage 2)
• Top 10 in three of the last four races, had a total of three top-10s in the first 17 races of 2018
• Finished 11th or worse in 11 straight Watkins Glen races
• Last Top 10 at Watkins Glen was 2006 (finished 8th)
• Started 23rd, 15th in Stage 1, 32nd in Stage 2, finished 25th in this race one year ago
• Finished 15th or worse in last 4 road course races

Kurt Busch
• Finished 9th at Pocono (8th in Stage 1, 12th in Stage 2, 11 laps led); hit wall in Turn 1 after flat left-front tire on Lap 112 while running 15th
• Finished 9th or better in 3 straight races
• Top 10 in four of the last five Watkins Glen races, finished 11th in the other
• Started 18th, 28th in Stage 1, 8th in Stage 2, finished 6th in this race one year ago
• Finished 7th or better in 3 straight road course races and 11th or better in the last 8 road course races

Martin Truex Jr.
• Finished 15th at Pocono (23rd in Stage 1, 30th in Stage 2)
• Pocono ended a streak of 5 straight Top 5s
• Won 3 of last 8 races
• Finished in the Top 5 in 9 of last 11 races
• Finished 7th or better in 2 straight Watkins Glen races, including win in 2017
• Finished in Top 10 in 5 of last 7 Watkins Glen races
• Started 3rd, 2nd in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2, 24 laps led, won this race one year ago
• Won last two road course races
• Finished 7th or better in 4 of last 5 road course races

WHO IS NOT

Jamie McMurray
• Finished 20th at Pocono (17th in Stage 1, 8th in Stage 2, 1 lap led); penalized for speeding in pits on
lap 24
• Finished 12th or worse in 6 straight races
• Finished 15th or worse in 17 of 21 races this season
• Finished outside the top 10 in 6 of last 7 at Watkins Glen
• Three Top 10s in 15 career starts at Watkins Glen
• Started 9th, 6th in Stage 1, 34th in Stage 2, finished 14th in this race one year ago
• Two top 10s in the last eight road course races

Brad Keselowski
• Finished 38th at Pocono (7th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2, 1 lap led); DNF – lost a RR tire on lap 121 while
running 13th and hit the wall
• Finished 32nd or worse in last 2 races and 3 of last 4 (first time since 2013)
• Finished 7th or better in 5 of 8 career Watkins Glen starts
• Three time runner-up finisher at Watkins Glen, yet to win
• Started 8th, 5th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2, led 20 laps, finished 15th in this race one year ago; penalized
for driving through too many pit boxes on Lap 87
• Finished 7th or better in 3 of last 6 road course races

Austin Dillon
• Finished 13th at Pocono (21st in Stage 1, 16th in Stage 2)
• Finished 13th or worse in 3 straight races
• Finished 12th or worse in 15 of last 16 races
• Finished outside Top 10 in 18 of 20 races since Daytona 500 win
• Hasn’t finished better than 16th in 4 career starts at Watkins Glen (27.3 avg. finish)
• Started 27th, 13th in Stage 1, 30th in Stage 2, finished 26th in this race one year ago
• Hasn’t finished better than 16th in 9 career road course starts

Clint Bowyer
• Finished 11th at Pocono (6th in Stage 1, 3rd in Stage 2); started 31st after failing post-qualifying
inspection; penalized for speeding in pits on Lap 122
• Finished outside the top 10 in 4 straight races
• Led 331 laps in 2018, more than he had in the previous 4 seasons combined (145)
• Finished 6th or better in 4 of last 6 Watkins Glen races
• Started 12th, 35th in Stage 1, 29th in Stage 2, finished 5th in this race one year ago; started in the rear
due to unapproved adjustments in pre-race
• Finished in top 5 in 3 straight road course races and in Top 10 in 10 of last 13 road course races,
including win at Sonoma in 2012

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
• Finished 22nd at Pocono (20th in Stage 1, 20th in Stage 2); spun on Lap 158
• Finished outside the top 10 in 10 of last 11 races
• Finished 14th or worse in 17 of 21 races in 2018
• Has not finished better than 18th in 5 career starts at Watkins Glen
• Started 22nd, 10th in Stage 1, 33rd in Stage 2, finished 20th in this race one year ago
• Never finished better than 18th in 11 career road course starts

Kyle Larson
• Finished 23rd at Pocono (12th in Stage 1, 5th in Stage 2); started 32nd after failing post-qualifying
inspection
• Finished 12th or worse in last 2 races and 3 of the last 4
• Finished 12th or worse in 3 straight Watkins Glen races
• One top 10 in 4 career Watkins Glen starts
• Started 2nd, 4th in Stage 1, 21st in Stage 2, finished 23rd in this race one year ago
• Finished 12th or worse in 8 of 9 career road course start

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Who’s hot, who’s not heading into New Hampshire

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NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its only Cup race weekend of the year at the “Magic Mile.”

Thanks to Racing Insights, here’s a look at who is hot and not entering the 20th race of the season.

Who is Hot

Kevin Harvick
• Finished 5th at Kentucky (2nd in Stage 1, 4th in Stage 2)
• Finished in Top 5 in 5 of last 6 races
• In 19 races in 2018, 15 finishes of 7th or better (including 5 wins) & 4 finishes of 19th or worse
• Finished in the Top 5 in 18 of last 22 races, dating back to last season
• Finished in Top 5 in 5 of the last 7 New Hampshire races, including win in Sept. 2016
• In last year’s race: Started 12th, 13th in Stage 1, 3rd in Stage 2, finished 5th.

Kyle Busch
• Finished 4th at Kentucky (3rd in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2)
• Finished in top 5 in 6 of last 7 races
• Finished in the top 10 in 7 of last 8 races
• Finished in the top 5 in 13 of 19 races this season
• Finished 8th or better in 8 of last 10 New Hampshire races
• Finished in top 3 in 6 of last 10 New Hampshire races, including wins in July 2015 & Sept. 2017
• Led 749 laps in last 12 New Hampshire races
• Last year’s race: Started 7th, 5th in Stage 1, 1st in Stage 2, 95 laps led, finished 12th after two speeding penalties

Erik Jones
• Finished 7th at Kentucky (11th in Stage 1, 9th in Stage 2)
• Finished top 10 in 4 straight races
• Finished 39th (July) and 6th (Sept.) at New Hampshire in 2017, his only starts at the track
• Last year’s race: Started 6th, 39th in Stages 1 & 2, finished 39th: DNF – lost left-rear tire on restart on Lap
41 while running 7th (cut due to contact on pit road under caution)

Martin Truex Jr.
• Won at Kentucky (1st in Stage 1, 1st in Stage 2, 174 laps led)
• Won 3 of last 6 races
• Finished 4th or better in 4 straight races
• Finished in the top 5 in 8 of last 9 races
• Finished top 10 in 4 of last 5 New Hampshire races
• Led over 100 laps in the last four New Hampshire races
• Hasn’t finished worse than 17th in last 14 New Hampshire races
• Last year’s race: Started 1st, 1st in Stage 1, 6th in Stage 2; 137 laps led, finished 3rd in this race one year ago; pit from lead with flat right-front tire on lap 218

Who is Not

Jamie McMurray
• Finished 17th at Kentucky (12th in Stage 1, 20th in Stage 2)
• Finished 12th or worse in 4 straight races
• Finished 15th or worse in 15 of 19 races this season
• One finish better than 14th in last 6 New Hampshire races (6th – July 2016)
• Last year’s race: Started 4th, 4th in Stage 1, 14th in Stage 2, finished 17th

Austin Dillon
• Finished 22nd at Kentucky (22nd in Stage 1, 21st in Stage 2); pit on Lap 22 to address vibration
• Finished 12th or worse in 13 of last 14 races
• Finished outside top 10 in 16 of 18 races since Daytona 500 win
• One top 10 in 8 career starts at New Hampshire (8th – July 2015)
• Last year’s race: Started 26th, 23rd in Stage 1, 24th in Stage 2, finished 15th in this race one year ago; spun in Turn 4 after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on lap 88 while running 15th

Matt Kenseth
• Finished 19th at Kentucky (16th in Stage 1, 19th in Stage 2)
• Finished 13th or worse in 5 starts in 2018
• Finished 6th or better in 6 straight New Hampshire races, including wins in Sept. 2015 & July 2016
• Finished in top 10 in 9 of last 10 New Hampshire races (all with JGR)
• Last year’s race: Started 3rd, 2nd in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2, 4 laps led, finished 4th.

Chase Elliott
• Finished 13th at Kentucky (10th in Stage 1, 13th in Stage 2)
• Finished 13th or worse in last 3 races
• Finished 11th or worse in 6 of last 9 races
• Never finished better than 11th in 4 career starts at New Hampshire
• Last year’s race: Started 11th, 10th in Stage 1, 12th in Stage 2, finished 11th.

Denny Hamlin
• Finished 16th at Kentucky (13th in Stage 1, 16th in Stage 2); started 36th after not making a qualifying
attempt (inspection issues); reported brake issues on Lap 30
• Finished 16th or worse in last two races
• Finished 12th or worse in 4 of last 6 races
• Finished 9th or better in 3 of last 5 New Hampshire races, including win in July 2017
• Finished in top 10 in 14 of 24 career starts at New Hampshire
• Last year’s race: Started 8th, 9th in Stage 1, 2nd in Stage 2, 54 laps led, won; went to a backup car after hitting inside wall in practice

Who is Hot, Not going into final Cup elimination race at Phoenix

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Maybe it’s the track or maybe it’s the playoffs.

Either way, Phoenix Raceway is a place that’s kind to drivers no matter where they start.

The 1-mile track, which hosts the final elimination race of the Cup playoffs on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC), has seen seven of its last 13 winners start outside the top 10.

The most recent and lowest starting winner was Ryan Newman, who won in March in an overtime finish thanks to pit strategy after starting 22nd.

Only two of the last six Phoenix winners have started outside the top 10. Kevin Harvick, who has eight Phoenix victories, started outside the top 10 times and 15th or lower in three of them.

From the spring 2010 to spring 2014 races, six of nine winners started from outside the top 10.

The lowest-starting winner in Phoenix history is Ricky Rudd in 1995, when he started 29th.

Here’s who is hot and not entering Sunday’s race, courtesy of Racing Insights.

Who is Hot

Brad Keselowski
• Finished fourth at Martinsville, fifth at Texas.
• Currently fourth in points, +19 to the cutline.
• Advanced to the Round of 8 with his win at Talladega.
• Winless at Phoenix in 16 starts, best finish of third in 2014.
• Finished top 10 in five of the last seven races at Phoenix including fifth in March

Kevin Harvick

• Won at Texas to advance to the Championship four at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third time in the last four years.
• Five top-10 finishes in the playoffs and three finishes of 17th or worse.
• Won six of the last 10 races at Phoenix. Has eight total wins.
• Finished top six in the last eight Phoenix races.
• Failed to lead in the last two Phoenix races.

Martin Truex Jr.

• Finished second at Martinsville and Texas.
• Finished top five in seven of the eight playoff races.
• Has already advanced to championship race based on points.
• Seven wins in 2017, the most by a driver since Matt Kenseth had seven in 2013.
• Led a series-high 2,175 laps in 2017 and has led the most laps in nine races.
• Best Phoenix finish is fifth in 2009.
• Only one top-10 finish in the last seven Phoenix races.

Kyle Busch
• Won at Martinsville on last-lap pass for his third win of the playoffs
• Five wins this season have all come in the last 14 races.
• Led laps in the last 17 races this season, a personal best and the best streak ever among active
drivers.
• Finished 19th at Texas after Lap 1 contact with Keselowski.
• One Phoenix win in 2005.
• Finished top five in the last four Phoenix races including leading 114 laps before finishing third in March.

Who is Not

Jimmie Johnson
• Finished 12th at Martinsville and 27th at Texas.
• Only one top-five finish in the last 21 races.
• Finished outside the top 10 in the last four races.
• Four top-five finishes this season, three were wins.
• Four-time Phoenix winner but none since 2009.
• Only two top-10 finishes at Phoenix in the last six races there.
• Finished ninth at Phoenix in March.

Kyle Larson

• Finished 39th at Kansas, 37th at Martinsville and Texas, his worst three consecutive starts in his
career.
• Eight runner-up finishes this season.
• Four wins in 2017, had one before this season.
• Finished top three in last two Phoenix races including runner-up in March

Kurt Busch

• Finished ninth at Texas after winning the pole. Only his second top 10 of the playoffs.
• Finished 16th in the first round, 25 points below the cut line.
• One Phoenix win in 2005.
• Finished top 10 in five of the last six Phoenix races. Finished 25th in March.

Kasey Kahne

• Finished 11th at Texas. His worst finish in the last six races is 16th.
• Only three top-10 finishes in the last 24 races.
• Six DNFs for accidents this season.
• One Phoenix win in fall 2011.
• Only one top-10 finish in the last seven Phoenix races.

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