Casey Mears failed to find much speed on Friday and was forced to take a provisional to start the Auto Club 400. He will roll off the grid 37th on Sunday.
Casey Mears brings a four-race streak of 20-something finishes to Las Vegas. All of these starts came with Germain Racing and his best result was a 25th in 2011.
Casey Mears earned eight results in the 20s during last year’s 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only time he failed to finish in that range was during the last two races; he was 31st at Charlotte and 18th at Texas.
Casey Mears may well have been the best value in most fantasy games with his sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500. Moderately priced in cap games and overlooked in others, he nonetheless has one of the best current Daytona streaks.
Casey Mears was another driver who recorded his best Sprint Unlimited result on Saturday night. He finished fourth behind Matt Kenseth. Martin Truex Jr., and Carl Edwards.
Casey Mears should be one of the drivers considered each time NASCAR visits the specialty tracks. Three of his four attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and both road course races ended in the top-15s last year.
Casey Mears will join the 25-car Sprint Unlimited next week, a team spokesperson confirmed Friday.
Casey Mears enters the Ford EcoBoost 400 with three 20-something finishes in his last three Homestead starts. He was 26th in 2011, 29th in 2012, and 28th in 2013—all with his current team.
Casey Mears kept his perfect streak of top-15s on restrictor-plate, superspeedways alive with a 10th-place finish in the Geico 500.
Casey Mears has been an exceptional value on plate tracks this season. In his three starts at Talladega and Daytona, he has a perfect record of top-15s, which he shares with only two other drivers: Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.
Casey Mears has scored six results in the 20s in six races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. His best result was a 20th in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky and his worst was a pair of 28ths at Vegas and Texas.
Richmond was the best short track in 2014 for Casey Mears. He finished 19th in the Toyota Owners 400.
Casey Mears has been a consistently solid performer on unrestricted, intermediate speedways in 2014. Six of eight races on similarly-configured, 1.5- and two-mile tracks have ended in results of 26th or better.
Casey Mears became the third driver to slap the wall in the first session of qualification. Like Almirola’s No. 43, his No. 13 may require a backup.