Casey Mears finished 35th in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, 31st at Martinsville Speedway, 29th at Richmond International Raceway, and 24th at Pocono Raceway. That steady improvement in four flat track races this season makes him one to watch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Casey Mears has finished in the 30s in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races with a 31st at Talladega SuperSpeedway last fall, a 32nd at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and a 33rd at ‘Dega in May.
Casey Mears finished 17th in summer 2014 and was 13th last spring at Michigan International Speedway. He was unable to back that up last August, however, due to an overheating problem.
Casey Mears has earned two top-20s in the first 12 races of this season. That has not been much of a benefit to fantasy owners recently, however, because both of them came in the first five weeks.
Casey Mears should finish about 25th this week if his 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s session is representative. In that session, he logged the 13th-quickest lap among 20 drivers, which puts him just below the halfway point.
For Casey Mears, consistency on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks has been a key factor in the past two seasons. All but two of his last 13 attempts on this course type dating back to the beginning of 2015 have ended in top-25s.
Casey Mears’ last two plate races have been disappointing with a 31st last fall at Talladega SuperSpeedway and a 32nd in this year’s Daytona 500, but seven of his last 11 attempts on the big tracks ended in top-15 finishes.
Casey Mears posted the third-quickest average speed in practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed of 124.440 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.
Casey Mears has a pair of top-20s in the first five races this season and both of them came on unrestricted, intermediate speedways. He was 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 17th at Auto Club Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (with a 10-lap average of 192.515), Chris Buescher (189.363), and Casey Mears (189.325) were the only three drivers to make long runs in Friday morning’s practice session.
Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.
Germain Racing will enter the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's 75-lap Sprint Unlimited.
Casey Mears has earned 11 top-10 finishes in 50 starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, which is an average of 22 percent. He also has a pair of top-five results that includes a runner-up finish in the 2006 Daytona 500.
NASCAR announced the 25 eligible drivers for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 13.