Next Up; Michigan Doubleheader
This weekend The Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for a couple of races. Saturday's race starts just after 3:00 pm while Sunday's gets underway at 3:30 pm. Both races are on NBCSN. Last year's winners at Michigan were Joey Logano who started on the pole and Kevin Harvick who started 2nd. Brad Keselowski was on the pole in the race Harvick won. Keselowski had a speed of 190.471 mph. He finished 19th.
The links to the right take you to the entry list, practice and qualifying results for the next race. One of our other favorite sites, Jayski.com, is back after a year off. We will link to his page where you can easily find all of the pre and post race info.
Michigan International Speedway is a two mile oval with 18 degree banking in the turns. Both races this weekend are 156 laps for 312 total miles. The stages for the races end on Laps 40 and 85. There will be no practices and no on track qualifying. Pit stalls were selected using the current standings. The starting grid will be set using a random draw and the current points standings.
We have a link to a recap of the previous race to the menu on the right side of this page.
High Score At New Hampshire Goes To C. Brown
It's been a tough session for C. Brown. His high score of 255 this race was only his second score of 200 or better and lifted him out of last place in the session standings. That score was thirty points better than Heartbeat Racing's second place total of 225. Steve Schoshinski and Jim Zima tied for third place with 220 points. Session Two is up to twenty-five teams with the addition of A R F Racing. That team's lineup is on the "Weekly Stuff" page just above the Maximum Score lineup.
Four teams made the "Move Of The Week" by dropping Ryan Blaney for Denny Hamlin. That change added thirty-two points C. Brown, Smoke, Ised Jade and White Lightning Racing's scores. M J Racing and Team Intl. each lost twenty-two points by switching from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to Matt Kenseth. That was the "Goof Of The Week".
Five teams switched to Denny Hamlin and he now joins Kevin Harvick as the most popular drivers in the league. Both drivers are on twenty-one lineups. Next up are Kyle Busch (20 rosters), Aric Almirola (19 lineups) and Matt Kenseth (16 lineups). Alec Bowman (G2), Jimmie Johnson (G3), Michael McDowell (G6) and Ty Dillon (G7) were the only active drivers in the Top Seven groups that were not on at least one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were on one or more rosters. Five different Group Eight drivers were on rosters at Texas.
The league average for Sunday's race was 196.2. There was just the one score of 235 points or better. A team made up of the "Most Popular" drivers in each group would have scored 197 points. The four teams that tied for 11th used that lineup. The "Max" and "Min" scores this week were 275 and 82.
Check out this week's results.
Session Two Standings
The top three teams held on to their spots in the Session Two rankings. Smoke (1st), Ised Jade (2nd / -8 pts.) and Bill Maccoux (3rd / -22 pts.) all scored 197 points at New Hampshire. The Red Dragon (-30 pts.) had a 193 to move up a spot to fourth place. White Lightning Racing (-38 pts.) also advanced one spot to fifth with 197 points. Mike Wilcox (-39 pts.) had a 181 to drop a couple positions to 6th. M J Racing (-67 pts.) stayed in 7th with a 184. Team East Town (8th / -77 pts.) rounds out the top teams. The payouts for the twelve race session is one out of every three teams. With twenty-five teams signed up for the session we pay down to eighth place.
C. Brown's league high score jumped him up three spots from last place to twenty-second in the session standings. That was the biggest move up at New Hampshire. A 186 by Sunshine Racing dropped them three spots to 15th place. That was the biggest move down in the S2 rankings.
There were five ties in the standings that involved a dozen teams. The ties for 3rd and 11th were the result of identical rosters. That left us with nineteen unique lineups.
The Most Unique Roster goes to Miller Man. His eight drivers show up only sixty-one times on the other twenty-four teams.
The Session Two average dropped a little more than one point to 204.1. There was just C. Brown's "Big" score of 255. That brings the session total up to thirty-five. A "Big Score" is a total of 235 or better. Ised Jade leads the way with four "Biggies". The Red Dragon, Bill Maccoux and MJ Racing have had three. Twenty out of the twenty-six teams have had at least one 235+ in S2.
The Group One drivers were back at the top of the scoring this race. G1 drivers averaged 40.0 points which included thirty-three stage points. Check out the link below to find out which Cup teams are scoring points with Stage racing.
All Events Standings
Bill Maccoux stayed in the lead for the All Events contest. Ised Jade trails Bill by just nine points. S L Racing (3rd / -90 pts.) moved up three spots with a 218 at New Hampshire while White Lightning Racing (4th / -91 pts.) held on to their spot with a 197. M J Racing (5th / -96 pts.) slipped two positions in the standings with a 184.
Smoke has moved up eight spots in the AE standings since the start of Session Two. Smoke (219.6 average score in S2) is up to 6th place. Miller Man has dropped nine spots so far this session. An average of 174.0 has moved him down to 21st.
The season average is 206.3 points per race. There have been ninety-two scores of 235 or better this season.
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-two teams entered we will pay down to fifth place in 2020. M J Racing is averaging 213.20 in fifth place. All but four teams are averaging over 200 points a race. DDT is averaging 200.60 points in eighteenth.
2020 All Events Standings