We all 3 picked up the win from the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Sonoma Raceway via Daniel Suarez’ first career NASCAR Cup Series triumph. CJ scored his 10th win of the 2022 season and pocketed $50 in the process. Greg got $80 from his 6th win while Eric received $20 for his 7th victory.
Now after a week off, we go to the Nashville Superspeedway for the 2nd annual Ally 400.
Nashville is in the 2nd year but with a new car so how much of last year’s results can you apply to this one? The biggest factor is Nashville raced a lot like Dover and Darlington in 2021 so if you look at how those 2 races played out in May, some similarities are shining.
Kyle Larson led all but 36 laps in last year’s race, dominated Dover and Darlington in the process too.
That could set up a great day for Trackhouse if so who just scored their 3rd win of the season in Sonoma. Larson won Sonoma and Nashville last season.
Suarez was 7th last year in Nashville, 10th at Dover and had a good car in Darlington too. His teammate Ross Chastain was 3rd at Dover, had a car capable of winning Darlington and was runner-up here a year ago. Need I say any more?
Hendrick Motorsports is reeling again a bit with Larson having 1 top 5 in his last 6 races. Despite him winning the inaugural race last year in dominating fashion, I don’t necessarily feel strongly about him the 2nd time around.
This year he was 6th (Dover) and 36th (Darlington) which is why as of now, I’m fading him. Alex Bowman was 14th last year and 29th this year at Darlington. He has 1 top 5 finish in his last 10 starts. William Byron has no top fives since his win at Martinsville (8 races) while Chase Elliott has 2 in his last 10. However, Elliott is the top option among them though. While he finished last a year ago and is backing his way into this weekend, Elliott won at Dover and was 5th at Darlington this season which are the 2 closest tracks to Nashville.
The Joe Gibbs Racing camp lost all momentum in Sonoma (26-27-30-31) but should factor into things on Sunday though.