CJ picked up his 5th win of the season in the rain delayed race at Dover on Monday via Chase Elliott. While he maintains the points lead, it’s barely. CJ had just 3 drivers in the top 10 but the others were 7th and 10th respectively.
Greg, had 2 drivers in the top 5 in Dover and another in the top 10.
Eric ended up with 2 drivers in the top 6 but none other in the top 14 either though.
Now, we head to Darlington for Sunday’s race on Mothers Day.
Last year, this race was a battle between Martin Truex Jr. (CJ) And Kyle Larson (Eric). Coming into this weekend, the duo have combined just 1 win all season and that came via Larson during the 2nd race of the year. While Larson has 3 straight runner-ups at Darlington, is he ready to give Chevrolet their first trip to victory lane on the Lady in Black since 2013. They’re 0-for-10 since.
The door is open despite Toyota having won 3 of the last 4 including 7 of the last 10. They’ve won two races this season but both were realistically stolen at that. Denny Hamlin (Eric) led the final 5 laps in Richmond while Kyle Busch (CJ) won the final straightaway on Bristol Dirt. I don’t like where they’re heading at the moment.
HMS is there to capitalize. So is Trackhouse. Darlington was the place that started the big break for Ross Chastain (Eric, stats above) in 2019. His teammate Daniel Suarez (Eric, 3rd in 2 straight NXS starts) is good here too.
RCR may find victory too. Austin Dillon (CJ, stats above) and Tyler Reddick (Greg, stats above) are great at this track too and have been knocking at the door of victory lane all year. They have combined to score 4 top 5’s in the last 6 races on the season with 3 of the last 4 weeks one of them finishing 2nd or 3rd.
Is the door at all open to Ford too then?
Team Penske has 1 Darlington win. None of their current drivers really fare well on this track. Stewart-Haas Racing could come through the opening. Chase Briscoe won here in an Xfinity Series race a few years back while Kevin Harvick (stats above) and Cole Custer (stats above) figure to play into things.
With all this said, Sunday’s race figures to be a battle of Chevy vs. SHR with Chevy winless in the last 10 at Darlington. They have the top drivers but among the drivers coming for the win, just 4 of them have won this season.
2022 FANTASY STANDINGS
1 TEAM CJ – 2,225 points (5 wins)
C Elliott… 425 (1 win)
Kyle B… 415 (1 win)
A Cindric… 410 (1 win)
W Byron… 345 (2 wins)
M Truex Jr… 280
A Dillon… 265
E Jones… 30
Waived Drivers… (55)
2 TEAM GDP – 2,090 points (3 wins)
A Bowman… 380 (1 win)
R Blaney… 345
B Keselowski… 210
C Briscoe… 200 (1 win)
C Bell… 160
Waived/Traded Drivers… (560; 1 win)
3 TEAM ERIC – 1,735 points (3 wins)
R Chastain… 350 (2 wins)
A Almirola… 285
J Logano… 250
D Suarez… 200
D Hamlin… 175 (1 win)
Waived/Traded Drivers… (275)
4/25 (After Race 10/Talladega)
Team CJ waives H Burton (55 points) for E Jones.
3/15 (After Race 4/Phoenix)
Team GDP waives D Wallace (200 points) for C Bell.
3/14 (After Race 4/Phoenix)
Team ERIC waives C Bell (35 points) for R Chastain.
3/2 (After Race 2/Fontana)
Team GDP waives C Buescher(30 points) for C Briscoe.
3/29 (After Race 6/Texas Road)Team GDP Acquired K Harvick (120 points) and T Reddick (120 points) from Team ERIC for K Larson (170 points, 1 win) and Kurt B (160 points).
Weekly Race Points Standings
Week 11 Dover
1 CJ 190
2 GDP 150
3 ERIC 110
Driver Standings (Top 10)
1 C Elliott… 425 (CJ)
2 Kyle B… 415 (CJ)
3 A Cindric… 410 (CJ)
4 A Bowman… 380 (GDP)
5 R Chastain… 350 (ERIC)
6 R Blaney… 345 (GDP)
6 W Byron… 345 (CJ)
8 K Larson… 330 (ERIC)
9 A Almirola… 285 (ERIC)
10 M Truex Jr… 280 (CJ)