NASCAR Betting Driver Notes

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Driver Notes
Drivers personal best tracks and track types performance notes

*Stats reflect start of 2017 season

AJ Allmendinger: known for his open wheel background. Performs best on tracks that resemble open wheel driving style with emphasis on heavy braking zones and relatively flat surfaces. Best track is Watkins Glen (1 win, 3 Top 5 finishes in 8 starts). Also surprisingly strong at Martinsville in recent years finishing in top 10 in both 2016 races.

Aric Almirola: Entering 10th season in Cup Series. Finished inside Top 10 just once in 2016. Historically performs better on flatter surfaces (Richmond, Loudon, Martinsville).

Austin Dillon: Entering 4th full-time season in Cup Series. Earned first Chase appearance in 2016 after 13 Top 10 finishes. Very under rated restrictor plate driver with impressive Daytona resume. Has improved each season thus far on all surfaces.

Brad Keselowski: 2012 Cup Series Champion. Universal driving talent that has proven that he can win on any surface. Best track is Talladega (4 wins in just 16 starts) and Kentucky (3 wins in 6 starts). Notable mentions: Chicagoland and Las Vegas.

Carl Edwards: Entering 14th season in Cup Series. Scored 3 wins in 2016 and advanced to Championship Round in Chase. Historically best on 1.5 mile surfaces but has 4 wins at Bristol which leads all other tracks. Always runs well at Atlanta and Texas.

Chase Elliott: Outstanding rookie season in 2016 highlighted by 10 Top 5 finishes and Chase appearance. Finished in the top 5 at both Dover, Texas, and Michigan races. Would not be surprised if he scored multiple wins in 2017.

Chris Buescher: Entering 2nd season in Cup Series. Scored the upset win over the year in 2016 in the rain shortened Pocono race which earned a bid to the Chase. Moves over to JTG Daugherty in the #37 this year which should be better equipment. Had just two top 10 finishes in 2016 but may get a better opportunity this season.

Clint Bowyer: Entering 12th season in Cup Series and first year with Stewart-Haas Racing. Performs best on smaller tracks especially flat surfaces with multiple victories at both Loudon and Richmond. Also, owns solid Talladega resume that includes two victories.

Danica Patrick: Entering 6th season in Cup Series. Former IndyCar driver with open wheel background. Career best finish is 6th at Atlanta (2014). Best track has been Daytona (2 Top 10 finishes in 9 starts).

Dale Earnhardt Jr: NASCAR’s most popular driver and Cup Series veteran. Best known for restrictor plate talent (10 wins), also performs best on flatter surfaces independent on size like Michigan, Pocono, Richmond, and Phoenix.

David Ragan: typical bottom tier driver. However, owns decent restrictor plate resume with a victory at both Daytona and Talladega.

Denny Hamlin: Entering 13th season in Cup Series. Possibly the best driver in the business on flat surfaces, best tracks are Martinsville (5 wins) and Pocono (4 wins). Also has been very strong on restrictor plate tracks since 2014 especially at Daytona.

Erik Jones: Making Cup Series debut in 2017 as rookie. However, comes in with a pedigree similar to Chase Elliott with the equipment and talent to compete right away. Has been very good on the similar surfaces of Richmond, Phoenix, and Loudon in the Xfinity Series. Also beat several Cup Series drivers for wins at both Texas and Chicagoland.

Greg Biffle: Entering 16th season in Cup Series though last several years have been forgettable with Roush-Fenway Racing. Currently, Biffle has not announced his 2017 plans. In the right equipment, he could still be effective. Best track is Michigan (4 wins, 10 top 5’s). Typically performs best at the fastest tracks like Michigan, Kansas, Texas.

Jamie McMurray: Entering 16th season in Cup Series. 4 of 7 career wins have come on restrictor plate races, also has two wins at Charlotte. Sneaky good at Martinsville in recent years finishing in the Top 10 in 3 of last 4 starts.

Jimmie Johnson: Arguably the best of all-time with 7 Cup Championships. Only tracks where he has not won: Watkins Glen, Chicagoland, and Kentucky. Best tracks are Dover (10 wins), Martinsville (9 wins), and Charlotte (8 wins). One of the few drivers that tends to perform relative to his qualifying effort in recent years. Also worth noting, that Johnson’s 7 wins on 1.5 mile surfaces since 2015 are the most among active drivers.

Joey Logano: Arguably the best driver that not yet won a championship. Typically really good on the 1.5 mile cookie cutter tracks, 4 wins and 18 top 5’s combined at both Charlotte, Kansas and Texas in just 48 starts. Like many of the top drivers, Logano can win anywhere and has 14 victories over last 3 seasons.

Kasey Kahne: Entering 14th season in Cup Series. Best on cookie cutter 1.5 mile speedways, most notably Atlanta and Charlotte (7 wins combined). Last win came back in 2014 at Altanta

Kevin Harvick: 2014 Cup Champion and series veteran. Best track is Phoenix (8 wins, won 6 of last 8). Posted 13 Top 5 finishes on 1.5 mile surfaces since 2015 which is 2nd to only Joey Logano. Another driver that can win anywhere and is very good at tracks with heavy tire wear/speed fall off. Stewart-Haas transitions to Ford this year meaning momentum stats may be voided.

Kyle Busch: 2015 Cup Series Champion and Mr. Bristol. Owns 16 wins at Bristol in all 3 racing series including 5 Sprint Cup wins. Universal driver that has won on all but 5 tracks, runs exceptionally well at Bristol, Richmond, and Auto Club Speedway. Remarkable record of 15 Top 5 finishes in 23 starts at Richmond.

Kyle Larson: Entering 4th full-time season. Broke through last year with first victory at Michigan. Very aggressive driving style but is very good at searching for grip to find the fastest lane as tracks transition during races. Best tracks are Michigan, Homestead, and New Hampshire.

Kurt Busch: 2004 Cup Champion and series veteran. Best track is Bristol (5 wins), also strong at Loudon (3 wins). Historically does best on short tracks but wins have been scarce recently with just 4 victories in last 3 seasons.

Matt Kenseth: 2003 Cup Champion and series veteran. Not known for his road course skills but has won on almost every oval surface. Performs exceptionally well at tracks of 1 mile or less in length. One of the most consistent drivers in lap times that favor tracks that yield long green flag runs.

Martin Truex Jr: Entering 12th full-time season in Cup Series. Breakout season in 2016 with 4 victories and was among fastest cars every week. Best track is Dover (2 wins) but dominated the 1.5 mile tracks for the majority of the 2016 campaign.

Paul Menard: Entering 11th full-time season in Cup Series. Only career win came at Indianapolis in 2011. Best tracks is Michigan (4 Top 5 finishes in 21 starts)

Ryan Blaney: Posted a solid rookie campaign in 2016 that was overshadowed by Chase Elliott’s success that included 9 Top 10 finishes. Very solid in both Phoenix races and should be even better in 2017.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr: Entering 5th full-time season in Cup Series. Posted career best 4 Top 5 finishes in 2016. Best track is Bristol (3 top 5 finishes in 8 starts including two runner-up showings), also runs surprisingly well at Talladega.

Ryan Newman: Entering 16th full-time season in Cup Series. Last win came at Indianapolis in 2013. 3 wins at Dover and Loudon, runs well at Darlington and Phoenix.