93henfan wrote:First two months of the season really look like a Larson, Truex, and Team Penske show. I'm surprised how poorly JGR (other than affiliate Truex) has done so far. I'm also interested to see if Jr's team can rally behind him a bit. He's had some bad luck on track, but their pit stops have been horrible all year, typically losing a couple of spots on every stop.
I would agree on those 4, and add on Elliott & Johnson.
1. Larson has been wicked good going back to the last 2 races of last season:
-Daytona: 12th (led with 2 to go before starting to run out of fuel)
-Las Vegas: 2nd
-Bristol: 6th (Led most (200+) laps, won 1st stage, if not for late pit road speeding penalty might have won).
Outside of the new stage/playoff bonus point format (and now the Junior retirement), Larson's dominance has to be one of the biggest stories of the season. And its not just him, as McMurray is in 7th place. Since late last season Gnassi has found something...
2. Elliott: all 8 races top 14, 6 of 8 top 10.
3. Truex: In addition to his one win, 5 stage wins is the most by far of anyone
4. Logano: Along with Larson & Elliott, the most consistent. Only 1 stage win, but 7 of 8 points races have been top 6 finishes.
5. Keselowski: 2 wins
6. Johnson: 2 wins
Right now, with the way the playoff bonus points carry all the way to Homestead, it looks like the 4 at Homestead will come from those 6. Certainly 3 of the 4. Maybe someone else like Harvick or one of the JGR will sneak up there.
Ditto on JGR. If someone had told me that 8 races into the season JGR would have 0 wins and no driver in the top 10, I would have asked wtf were you smoking.
Ditto on Jr. The way things are going now he won't even make Chase. That would really suck for his final season (and for NASCAR)..