Next Up; Kentucky
This Sunday The Cup Series is racing at the Kentucky Speedway. The race is the Quaker State 400 which starts just after 1:30 pm on FS1. Last year's winner was Kurt Busch who started 4th. Daniel Suarez was on the pole with a speed of 184.590 mph. He finished 8th.
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.
The track at Kentucky is a 1.5 mile oval with moderate banking in the turns. The race is 267 laps for 400.5 total miles. The stages for the race end on Laps 80 and 160. 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.
Top Score At Indy Goes To KVB Racing
KVB Racing had the top score for Sunday's Brickyard race. They posted a 246 at Indy. The Red Dragon took second with a 239 while DDT, Bill Maccoux and Ised Jade scored 238 points to tie for third place. This was the fourth race in a row that there was a tie for third place. 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.
Five teams dropped Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for Matt Kenseth and that was the "Move Of The Week". Sunshine Racing, Mike Wilcox, Smoke, Ised Jade and White Lightning Racing added thirty-nine points to their scores. Jim Zima made the "Goof Of The Week". He lost twenty-seven points by switching from Bubba Wallace to Stenhouse, Jr..
Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were both added one more roster and are still the most popular drivers in the league. They were on twenty-one lineups. Next up are Kevin Harvick who is on nineteen lineups and Aric Almirola and William Byron (both on 17 rosters). 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 selected for the Pocono weekend.
The league average for Sunday's race was 201.7. There were five scores of 235 points or better. A team made up of the "Most Popular" drivers in each group would have scored 194 points. S L Racing and Steve Schoshinski had those driver to tie for 15th. Terry Williams and Team East Town had that same score but had Corey LaJoie instead of Ryan Preece in Group Eight. Both drivers score just a single point at Indy.
Check out this week's results.
Session Two Standings
A 238 by Ised Jade added to their lead in the Session Two standings. They are averaging 235.3 points a race. Mike Wilcox (-32 points.) moved up a couple spots to second place while Smoke (-35 pts.) used a 233 to jump four places to 3rd. M J Racing (-45 pts.) slipped from 2nd to 4th with a 199. A 233 for White Lightning Racing (-55 pts.) move them up five positions to 5th. Team East Town (-58 pts.) dropped a spot to 6th with a 194. Terry Williams (7th / -59 pts.) also fell a spot in the standings. Terry scored 194 points. The Red Dragon and Team Intl. (both -69 pts.) round out the top eight 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.
A couple of teams jumped five spots in the session standings. A 233 by White Lightning Racing moved them to 5th place while The Red Dragon had a 239 to advance to 8th. This was the second race in a row that The Red Dragon get the nod for moving up. They were in 23rd two races ago. A 149 by Heartbeat Racing dropped them six positions to 16th. That was the largest move down in the standings.
There were five ties in the standings that involved thirteen teams. The teams tie for 6th and two of the four teams tied for 15th had identical rosters. That left us with twenty-one unique lineups.
The Session Two average dropped 1.5 points to 207.7. There were five "Big" scores that increased the session total to sixteen. A "Big Score" is a total of 235 or better.
The Group One drivers were the highest scoring group. They had an average of 31.5 for Sunday's race. G1 driver's scores included thirty-two stage points. Check out the link below to find out which Cup teams are scoring points with Stage racing.
All Events Standings
Ised Jade has opened up a thirty-four point lead on M J Racing with S L Racing just another point back in third. After S L Racing are Bill Maccoux ( 4th / -60 pts.) and Terry Williams (5th / -76 pts.).
Smoke and Mike Wilcox each moved up six spots in the AE standings since the start of Session Two. Smoke (226.5 average score in S2) is up to 8th while Mike (227.3 ave. in S2) has moved up to 11th. C. Brown has dropped seven spots so far this session. They are in 18th with a 172.0 average.
The season average is 207.7 points per race. There have been seventy-three 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. Terry Williams is averaging 215.27 in fifth place.
2020 All Events Standings