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Five Hottest NASCAR Drivers After Watkins Glen

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The road course part of the NASCAR season has now come to a close with four races left to tackle. You still won’t see any mile and a half tracks until the playoffs start at Chicagoland, but we’ll be visiting one of the two mile tracks at Michigan which could easily be a restrictor plate race if NASCAR saw fit. As far as Watkins Glen was concerned, it was fuel mileage that played a part and shaped the regular season standings as they are now. Here are now the five hottest NASCAR drivers after Watkins Glen.

  1. Martin Truex Jr: Playing the fuel game at the right time has now put him in as a predicted lock to win the championship. Now with a league leading 14 stage wins, 34 playoffs points and now the most wins with four, you could easily hand him the Monster Energy trophy right about now. With four top five in the last five, should Truex keep this momentum up, there is a possibilty he will wrap up the regular season title before it even ends.
  2. Matt Kenseth: He may not have a win yet to ride off into the sunset, but the recent surge inside Joe Gibbs Racing could put him in victory lane before his run ends. Finishing second behind Truex at Watkins Glen has now given him four straight top tens going back to New Hampshire which puts him closer to ending his streak. With two wins including his last one two years ago at Michigan, this could be the overdue opportunity Kenseth has been waiting for all along.
  3. Daniel Suarez: Whatever the entire JGR crew has caught, the rookie seems to have a piece of it also. Suarez also has racked up four straight includes a season best third at Watkins Glen. Suarez also notched his first stage win of the season giving him the points he needs to move up the playoff ladder (129 points below the cutoff line). He also led the fourth most laps with 14 now giving him a total of 26 for the season. It could be an inside race among teammates on who’s next to victory lane.
  4. Denny Hamlin: If he had consecutive fourth place finishes, there would be somewhat of a conspiracy, but his fourth place spot at Watkins Glen is the fifth one since Michigan earlier and with the New Hampshire win makes it six top fives in the last eight. It is Hamlin’s first 2017 win for JGR that’s what’s truly gotten this surge going team wise and a fine time to do so with the regular season coming closer to the end. The JGR surge appears to be continuing.
  5. Kyle Busch: Four poles in the last five with a total of six for the year is awfully hard to overlook, even with just one win and nearly sweeping the Watkins Glen weekend. The seventh place finish has now moved Rowdy up to second in points contending with Truex for the regular season title and the battle for the lead may not be over yet. A second win at Michigan after seven tries could heat up that race when they get to Richmond for the regular finale.

News and notes: It wasn’t long that William Byron was tapped to replace Kasey Kahne after the 2017 season. Kahne however would still be under contract for one more season and there is talk of a possible technical alliance with another team, but who that team will be is currently unknown.

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