Truex Jr.: Repaving Fontana would be a 'huge mistake'
Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr says that repaving Fontana would be a “huge mistake” ahead of the 2018 race this weekend. Fontana has never been repaved in its time hosting Cup races, having held its first top-tier NASCAR race in 1997 with Jeff Gordon the victor. While initially derided as a circuit that prompted pedestrian racing the surface wearing has produced more exciting editions since. The similarly worn track of Atlanta recently postponed a refresh and leading Cup drivers are against a future repave.
After Tony Stewart’s victory at Sonoma Raceway snapped a 84-race drought, it begged the question: Which driver will snap their NASCAR winless streak next ? Tony Stewart’s victory at Sonoma did much more than earn him a victory in his final Sprint Cup Series season and a possible berth in the
On this week's edition of the NASCAR Roundtable , we talk winless streaks , Kyle Busch's growing frustration and the surprises so far in the 2018 season. Clint Bowyer ended a 190-race winless streak when he won Monday at Martinsville Speedway.
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On this week's edition of the NASCAR Roundtable, we talk winless streaks, Kyle Busch's growing frustration and the surprises so far in the 2018 season.
Clint Bowyer ended a 190-race winless streak when he won Monday at Martinsville Speedway. Who do you think between these drivers will be the next to end a long winless streak and why? (Jamie McMurray - Last won in 2013; Trevor Bayne - Last won in 2011; AJ Allmendinger - Last won in 2014 ; Aric Almirola - Last won in 2014)
Jim: With the way he has been running this season and the overall strength of the Stewart-Haas Racing organization, I feel like Aric Almirola would be the best candidate to break his winless streak. In the short time he's been at SHR, Almirola already came painfully close to winning the season-opening Daytona 500. My second choice would be Allmendinger simply because he always seems to be a threat on the road courses regardless of how well his season has gone.
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Nick: Aric Almirola has to be the favorite among these names. SHR has been remarkably strong this year and Almirola is no exception, coming within half a lap of a Daytona 500 win back in February. But after leaving Daytona, he has continued to perform with no finish worse than 14th.
Tim: I agree that Aric Almirola will probably be the next driver of the four in the list to score a win. He came just half a lap away from winning the Daytona 500 and has been running in the front of the pack almost every weekend. I think he’ll win before the series returns to Daytona in July.
Tom: Aric Almirola will be the next to win out of the drivers currently on a long streak and that elusive victory will demonstrate further how comprehensively dominant Stewart-Haas Racing's operation is right now. His drive at Daytona was one of the best of his career and he's kept in touching distance with his team-mates, which is a promising sign. AJ Allmendinger's Martinsville performance was a real improvement, so he's worth keeping an eye on.
NASCAR notebook: Johnson 'not losing sleep' over winless streak
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson hasn't won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since he triumphed at Dover on June 4 of last year. That constitutes a winless streak of 28 races, the longest drought of Johnson's career.But the seven-time series champion scoffed at the notion that his prolonged absence from Victory Lane represents a decline in his prowess on the track."I don't think that way," said the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in advance of Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (2 p.m. ET on FS1).
Aric Almirola may be the next driver to snap his race winless streak while Kyle Busch may finally avoid a second place finish for once.
Six drivers have winless streaks of more than 100 races going, so let’s see who needs to visit Victory Lane most Allmendinge’s best chance for grabbing his next win might also be at the Glen, where he’s always As the driver with the most NASCAR Cup Series victories on this list (seven), McMurray is
Kyle Busch has been on the cusp of victory, but continues to come up short. He is also getting increasingly frustrated by it. Do you see the No. 18 winning soon and where? If not, how do you think it will affect Kyle and the team?
Jim: This storyline seems eerily similar to last year. There was actually a point last season when no Joe Gibbs Racing drivers had won a race but that certainly changed by season's end. I could see Busch winning at either at Texas or Bristol coming up - or both. If you continue to put yourself in position to win - which the No. 18 team does repeatedly - it will be a question of when, not if, Busch will win. The frustration, however, may continue if it's Stewart-Haas Racing drivers who repeatedly block Busch's road into Victory Lane.
Nick: The win will come, but Busch seems a bit too aggravated this early in the season. He's highly competitive and tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve, but they have had a fantastic start to the season. He'll win multiple races this year, but he can't let his emotions get the best of him before then.
Clint Bowyer snaps 190-race winless streak
Clint Bowyer has earned his first Cup victory in over five years as Stewart-Haas Racing continued its strong start to the NASCAR season.Bowyer snapped a 190-race winless streak with his victory Monday at Martinsville Speedway. It was his first win driving for SHR, the team he joined as Tony Stewart's replacement last year.The move to SHR was supposed to turn Bowyer's fortunes around, but his struggles continued through his first year in the No. 14 Ford. But he finally figured it out on the short track in Virginia and won for the first time since his victory at Charlotte in October 2012.
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New data analysis shows which NASCAR drivers will have the best mathematical chances of making the Chase. The rest of the 16 spots will be given to winless drivers who finished consistently high enough in the points standings. The question then remains: How many different winners will there be?
Tim: I think it’s only a matter of time before Kyle Busch is back in Victory Lane again and it could come as quickly as next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He always runs well at Bristol so he could go from no wins to joining Kevin Harvick as the only multiple race winner in a matter of weeks.
Tom: Kyle Busch's post-race interviews, when he's not embroiled in a Twitter spat with TV coverage, are picking up an increasingly irritated tone. It's understandable and his comment that he's on an "island" between first and third rings true. He's likely to only get more frustrated. But does it matter? He's top of the standings and he was a force to be reckoned with when he hit the playoffs last year.
With the first off-weekend of the season coming up, who has surprised you (good or bad) so far in 2018?
Jim: While I believe the Stewart-Haas organization was headed in the right direction, I was not expecting the dominating performance its drivers have produced so far this season. Three wins already by Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer ends a 190-race winless streak - that's an impressive start to the year and I don't suspect it's going to slow down anytime soon. As far as a bad surprise, I'm genuinely perplexed by the struggles Hendrick Motorsports has been going through. Martinsville is not a downforce track but even there none of the four HMS drivers were legitimately in the hunt for the win. It's certainly an unusual position for that organization.
Bump & Run: Who will follow Clint Bowyer in ending long drought?
Will Clint Bowyer be the first of a few drivers to snap lengthy winless streaks this season?Nate Ryan:Aric Almirola (125-race winless streak) needs to follow through quickly on his early season speed to stamp this as a breakthrough season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is winless for the season through 13 races and hoping he can snap his slump at Pocono Raceway. Long NASCAR 's most popular driver , Earnhardt said he wasn't worried yet his winless streak . He would clinch a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with a victory.
NASCAR Cup Series Highlights: Clint Bowyer dominates the second-half of the race in Martinsville and wins his first race since Charlotte in October of 2012.
Nick: The dominance of Stewart-Haas Racing has been quite a surprise. They have come out of the box swinging and two of their drivers have already made visits to Victory Lane. At the other end of the spectrum is Hendrick Motorsports, which has struggled mightily since Daytona and don't seem to be making much progress
Tim: Debuting a new car in the NASCAR Cup Series can present a bit of a learning curve, but I never expected Hendrick Motorsports to struggle like they have so far this year. I’ve really been surprised to see Stewart-Haas Racing come out of the box as strong as they have this season. If not for Harvick’s accident at Auto Club and Aric Almirola’s incident on the final lap at Daytona, SHR could have easily been undefeated so far this season.
Tom: Stewart-Haas's dominance of the season has been truly surprising. The headline was the three wins in a row for Kevin Harvick and now Clint Bowyer has ended a long streak without a win. Considering the disadvantage Ford was expected to have in the face of a new Camaro and Toyota's successful Camry, it's no mean feat. It's tempting to say that the Camaro's struggles and the new technical inspections have helped Ford, but SHR has outperformed Penske too, so the organisation deserves big credit.
The Trucks will now be off until their race at Dover on May 4th and there have been four different winners in as many races this season. Do you expect that streak to continue?
Jim: Yes. I believe Ben Rhodes will finally break into Victory Lane. He's led the most laps in the series so far this season and won stages but putting together a complete race has been a problem. I don't believe you can keep up that level of performance and not be rewarded for it sooner rather than later.
Nick: I'm going to say yes. In fact, this has happened every year for the last three seasons with four different winners in the first four races. As for who will be the fifth different winner, I'd put my money on Matt Crafton or Ben Rhodes. Both of those ThorSport drivers have run well in 2018 and have led laps.
Tim: I think we’ll see a Thorsport Racing truck in Victory Lane at Dover and it could be either Matt Crafton or Ben Rhodes. If Rhodes’ pit crew wouldn’t have had their trouble at Martinsville I feel he could have won that race last weekend instead of John Hunter Nemecheck.
Clint Bowyer wanted Martinsville-winning car for Bristol .
Clint Bowyer asked his Stewart-Haas Racing team if he could drive his Martinsville race-winning car in this weekend's NASCAR Cup series race at Bristol. Stream Live NBA Games. Anytime. Anywhere. Start Free Trial Sponsored by fuboTV Bowyer ended his streak of 190 races without a win with victory at Martinsville last month and said it answered questions over whether he would ever win again in the Cup series. It was the 38-year-old’s first win with SHR in his second year with the team and he followed up with ninth in Texas.