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Five Hottest Drivers After Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500

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The short tour of the East Coast ended with a bang for Ford with the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 being raced into the twilight. It was better late than never for the Monster Energy drivers as it was at first moved up one hour due to incliment weather but later on delayed for almost three hours. Ford is indeed off to a hot start having four of their drivers in the top five and have somehow found a way to counter Toyota. Let us see if some of them are the five hottest drivers this week.

  1. Joey Logano: After a horrid end to his 2017 campaign due to his encumbered win at Richmond last season, Logano has somehow found a way to start off hot so to speak. A fourth place finish in the Daytona 500 and sixth in Atlanta has officially put him in the regular season lead despite leading only four laps. With an average start of 10.5 to an average finish of 5.0, something is finally going right to start 2018.
  2. Denny Hamlin: He is most likely not only Joe Gibbs Racing’s most popular driver but also Toyota for the moment. Two top five finishes to start the season had propelled him to take third in the standings thanks to leading a combined total of 48 laps. With Kyle Busch once again off to a slow start to kick off 2018, Hamlin has once again took the reins.
  3. Kevin Harvick: He used the Rinnai 250 in the Xfinity Series to prepare for the Sunday race which looked to pay off. Leading the most laps with 181 and winning Stage One and the race has helped boost confidence back into Stewart-Haas Racing after a horrible end to the Daytona 500. With three of the SHR drivers in the top ten after Atlanta, they needed the rebound quickly.
  4. Clint Bowyer: Went from 15th in the Daytona 500 one lap down to finishing third in Atlanta which continues the trend I was discussing. His third place finish propelled him eight spots to fifth in the standings this week and raised his average finish to 9 and started in the top ten both times. He also finishe second in Stage One behind Harvick.
  5. Kurt Busch: Coming back from failing to repeat as Daytona 500 champion to finishing eighth in Atlanta, in both races he has led a total of 68 laps, 52 in the last one. Busch went from eighth in Stage One to second in Stage Two helped him settle for eighth. With teammate Aric Almirola in the top ten, all four SHR drivers are all in it together this week.

The three race West Coast trip will once again kick off in Las Vegas for the Pennzoil 400 which is the Busch’s hometown, followed by Phoenix and Fontana. For everyone on the East Coast, it will be a later start which will be helpful for those trying to get home in time to catch the start, me included unless your schedule is different.

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