Dale Earnhardt Jr. is head and shoulders above the competition on restrictor-plate, superspeedways both in terms of average finishes, number of victories, top-fives, and top-10s. He will be the starter of choice for most players this week.
In his new ride with HScott Motorsports, Clint Bowyer should be this year’s best dark horse for the Daytona 500. In 40 career starts on plate tracks, he has the second-best career average finish with a 15.05.
Kevin Harvick has the third-best average finish on plate track among active, fulltime drivers with a 15.54 in 59 starts. One of the reasons for his solid average is because he has two wins at Daytona International Speedway and one at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Kurt Busch has the fourth-best average finish on plate tracks with a 16.81, but that only tells half the story. He has amassed this amazing average starting 59 races, which makes him a more than solid plate racer.
Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Racing Toyota) competed in one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in 2012 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished 19th.
Gracin Raz (No. 27 Montana Tech/Trinity Energy Ford) competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond last season and finished 34th due to car issues.
Ryan Preece (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet) made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Richmond last year and finished 14th after starting 35th.
Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet) finished 21st at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway last season.
Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Colliers International Ford) finished 35th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings last year with two top 10s in two starts.
Kaz Grala (No. 3 Kiklos Olive Oil Toyota), in his two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway, he’s finished 10th (2014) and 18th (2015).
Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway.
Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Special Smiles Toyota) will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway.
Sarah Cornett-Ching (No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet) finished 37th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings last year after three starts.
Jimmie Johnson has been an all-or-nothing racer on plate tracks during his career. With 18 top-fives in his career, he is second only to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in that regard, but his career average finish of 16.93 puts him sixth on that chart.
Matt Kenseth has the eighth-best average finish among fulltime, active drivers on this track type but he is heading in the wrong direction. His last four starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways ended outside the top 20.