Next Up; Charlotte
Session Two will get started at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26th. The green flag for the Coca Cola 600 is set to wave at 5:00 pm. Fox will have the race coverage. The race is 400 laps on the 1.5 mile oval for a total of 600 miles. The banking in the turns is 24 degrees.
Kind of a strange schedule this week for the pre-race action. The first practice is Thursday at 1:35 am (delayed to 2:00 pm on FS1) followed by qualifying at 6:05 pm (also on FS1). The second practice takes place on Saturday at 7:35 am .
The spring 2018 winner here was Kyle Busch who started on the pole. Busch had a great points day as along with winning the race he also won all three stages...that's right the Coca Cola 600 is the only Cup race with three stages. That got him 70 points. There have been 119 races at Charlotte. Seventeen have been won from the pole while the same number has been won from the second starting position. Sixty-seven have been won from the top five. Twelve have been won from 20th or back. The stages end on Laps 100, 200 and 300.
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Terry Williams Equals The High Score Of Session One
Terry Williams posted a 253 at Kansas to tie his own and Mike Wilcox's session high score. This was Terry's second win in Session One. Next up was Ised Jade with 237 points. A 222 by Team Intl. took third place while M J Racing was fourth with 220 points. All four of these teams have cashed multiple times this session.
The most popular driver in the session was Ryan Preece. He was the Group Eight driver on twenty-two of the twenty-six teams. Next up were Jimmie Johnson (19 lineups) and William Byron (17 lineups) followed by Denny Hamlin (16 lineups). Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott (both on 13 lineups) round out the top five. All of the drivers in the first seven groups are on at least one lineup. Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and David Ragan are the only drivers on just one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were two or more rosters.
The "Move Of The Week" was made by Tom Brady and M J Racing who dropped Kyle Busch for Kevin Harvick. Those teams gained thirty-four points with that change. Mike Wilcox switched from Daniel Hemric to Darrell Wallace, Jr. and lost eleven points. That was the only move this race that lost points so by default it is the "Goof Of The Week". The race average was 191.9 and there were two scores of 235 points or better.
A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 218 points. No one had that score or those drivers. There were three ties in the race standings which involved seven teams. The tie for 25th between Team East Town and Neil Rechsteiner was due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-four unique lineups for Dover.
Check out the results from the Digital Alley 400.
Session Two Standings
Ised Jade used their runner-up score of 237 at Kansas to pass Mike Wilcox in the Session One final standings. Mike finished fifteen points back in second. The Cups and Stocks stayed tied for third with identical scores of 217 this race. They finished forty points back. Smoke held on to 5th (-95 pts.) after scoring 180 points. Rhinelander Racing moved up one spot to 6th place (-113 pts.) with their 190. A 204 by White Lightning Racing (-115 pt.) moved them in to the money in 7th place. Teach Me How To Dougie (-124 pt.) slipped a spot to 8th place with a 169. With twenty-six teams entered for Session One we paid down to 8th place.
Everyone made at least one roster change during Session One. Four teams (Dusty Mullett, Sunshine Racing, Smoke and Ised Jade) have made a change each race. Mike Wilcox had been perfect with a 7 - 0 record going into Kansas but his "GOTW" gave him one blemish in Session One. He finished 7 - 1 with a gain of eighty-one points. Steve Schoshinski is the only team that gained more points with driver changes. He was 7 - 2 with 133 points gained. DDT guessed wrong with their moves; they were 3-7 with a minus seventy-one points.
Nine teams ended up averaging 200 or better in S1. Russ McElrone took 9th place with a 202.5 average. The maximum score for the Digital Alley 400 was 304 points. Only two races had "Max Scores" that topped 300. The minimum score for the race would have been 70 points. Race #10 has the low for 2019 with a minimum of 47.
The average for Session One dropped about a half point to 195.6. There were fifteen scores of 235 or better this session. Mike Wilcox was the only team with more than one "Big" score. He had two.
Group Two drivers had the best average score for the third race in a row. They averaged 36.75 points per driver which included twenty-four stage points. Stage Racing is back in 2019 and some teams have made these bonus points a priority. See who's taking advantage of Stage Racing in 2019. Check out the link below to find out.
The averages for each driver group fell just about where you would expect; G1 - 37.25 points per race, G2 - 31.146, G3 - 29.292, G4 - 24.333, G5 - 24.188, G6 - 18.063, G7 - 11.792, G8 - 8.054. The point drop from G2 to G3 and G4 to G5 were a little off but otherwise it looked good.
There were twenty-six teams for Session One. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts go down to 8th place.
All Events Standings
The All Events Standings after Session One mirrors the S1 results except for Team Intl. and Team East Town who are not in the AE contest. Look for more detailed reports starting with Race #13.
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-four teams entered we will pay down to sixth place in 2019.
2019 All Events Standings