Suggested for you
More, Edwards has become one of the series' better late-race drivers at Charlotte. Only Joey Logano, in nine Charlotte starts to Edwards' 17, is doing better. A disappointing September and the unsettled future of Martin Truex Jr. Truex is busy looking for a ride in and his crew chief just asked for a release from the team at the end of the season.
Fortunately, Charlotte seems like a reasonable spot for the whole crew to mesh and find a balance suited to Truex's liking. Truex finished ninth at Charlotte in May and has been noteworthy in many of his other 1. All told, Truex has finished 12th, 10th and ninth in his last three Charlotte starts. C-List pick two, start one Ricky Stenhouse Jr. There's a lot to like about Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He was 14th in that race after starting 30th and actually made a big charge at the end to score the top run.
But Stenhouse's success at Charlotte expands beyond May performance. In a one-off start during his rookie season in , Stenhouse scored an 11th-place finish for the Wood Brothers team. He hoped to back it up last year but lost an engine after just laps. David Gilliland Gilliland was by no means strong in May at Charlotte, but he was consistent enough in the mile event that hopes of a repeat performance of a solid C-List finish seem possible.
Gilliland finished 20th in the race after starting 26th and running no better than 19th the whole night. By average running position, the race was Gilliland's sixth-best of the race season to date. Follow Geoffrey Miller on Twitter: Winner of the last two races, Busch enters Charlotte Motor Speedway with one thing in mind…keep winning.
Busch was cruising to a win at Chicagoland when a mishap on pit road ruined his chances at winning. How did the team respond? By winning the next two races at New Hampshire and Dover. However, the winner of the first playoff race was undoubtedly the second hottest driver on the circuit, Martin Truex Jr. At any rate, there are several items to keep an eye on entering this weekends race in Charlotte. This weekend is the first of three races that make up the Round of 12 and a good finish is crucial.
While this race might end up being one of the more enjoyable for fans to watch see: For all the crazy finishes this season, for all the heartwarming stories and first-time winners and dominant victories, ultimately this NASCAR season comes down to naming a champion.
Last season, it was Martin Truex Jr. This season, it should be Might seem unlikely, but there was a reason they all made it last year. Truex, Harvick, and Busch are as close to locks as it comes, and Keselowski is arguably the hottest driver in the series today.
Pencil him into that fourth spot, with the potential for someone to steal it away at a later date. Being asked to pick one of the Big 3 to win the entire Cup Series title is as difficult a selection as there is.
Kevin Harvick has been the fastest driver week-in and week-out, and he has the most wins of anyone this to date. Kyle Busch has been the most resourceful, winning races by a country mile and a slim margin. And Keselowski, the winner of two straight, has all the momentum on his side. I want a fast car, but I also want one a team with a high-functioning pit crew, the ability to adjust to adversity on the fly, and an absolute non-negotiable drive to win at any cost.