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After 3 Races, Who Has The Advantage?

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The first three races of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is in the books. There has been a lot of surprises and scares since the season kicked off. Only thing that matters is that NASCAR Sprint Cup racing carries on. Those who were expected to perform have and there are those who haven’t. Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas had their share of surprises so far this year. Only sad thing from this is Atlanta and Las Vegas are done for the season, but Daytona will return on July 5th. Let’s have a look at who has the overall advantage so far after three regular season races.

Kevin Harvick – The defending Sprint Cup Champion appears to be the strongest car so far after three races. Harvick has pretty much been on a hot streak since the Texas Chase race last year. Harvick finished in the top two in six straight races. Hall Of Famer Richard Petty is the current record holder with 11. Out of those six races, Harvick has won three of them, the first two from Phoenix and Homestead last season. His latest win was at Las Vegas, which was his first ever win at the track. Harvick in my book is the hottest driver right now as he holds the points lead. He has also led the most laps with 258.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – The number 88 car has been solid so far through the first three races. Earnhardt has finished in the Top 5 in all three races with an average finish of 3.3. He has finished third in Daytona and Atlanta while finishing fourth in Las Vegas. Although he has only led for 37 laps so far in 2015, his strong finishes and his spot in the standings prove he is on a roll even without a win. His new crew chief Greg Ives appears to have the right chemistry for Junior just as long as he continues to finish strong.  Earnhardt is currently second in points behind Kevin Harvick.

Joey Logano – Pretty much picking up where he left off after Homestead last season, he done so by winning the 57th Daytona 500. Winning the Great American Race has helped him build momentum. Logano had a fourth place finish in Atlanta, and although he was busted twice for speeding in Las Vegas, he still managed to finish tenth. After starting out with the points lead after the first two races, he still stays firm in the standings in third place. His Daytona 500 win already locks Logano into the Chase, so not as much pressure now to get in. Logano has led the third most laps with 162.

Martin Truex, Jr. – With his girlfriend fighting cancer, you can’t tell Martin Truex, Jr. he has no reason to fight. Truex is slowly but surely gaining some points and a little bit of ground after three races. He first finished seventh at Daytona leading only one lap. Truex also had a strong finish in Atlanta in sixth place, and also battled Harvick for the lead on several occasions in Las Vegas leading only three laps and finishing a long second. Truex has so far become the new dark horse for the 2015 Chase being only a single car team racer for Furniture Row Racing. He started off ranked seventh after Daytona, then slowly rose to fourth in the standings after Las Vegas. An average finish of 5.3 is so far his best start and looks to capitalize on getting his third career win to cement his spot in the Chase.

Phoenix, Fontana and Martinsville are next on the list. The only momentum out of the next three is Kevin Harvick owning Phoenix. Harvick has won the last three races there and four of the last five. Harvick has won six Phoenix races overall. Fontana and Martinsville is anyone’s guess right now. Kyle Busch has won the last two races at Fontana, but is still sidelined. Martinsville is anyone’s guess, except Dale Jr. won their last season after being eliminated from the Chase. Harvick won only one race their in 2011. So after Phoenix, it’s still anyone else’s shot to lock into the Chase. Jimmie Johnson has already locked himself in with his win in Atlanta. After his horrific performance in Las Vegas, he fell to seventh in points. So except for Phoenix, the next two are free for alls.

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