Josh Wise has been on a downward spiral on NASCAR’s short tracks this season. He finished 23rd at Bristol, 35th at Martinsville, and 39th at Richmond in three races on this course type.
Austin Dillon will race chassis No. 457 this week in the Irwin Tools Night Race. This chassis was last raced at Pocono in June where it finished 17th.
Greg Biffle enters the Irwin Tools Night Race with a five-race, top-20 streak to his credit, but the good news is that his latest three efforts netted top-15s.
Brad Keselowski will race chassis No. PRS-918 this week. It was last run at Michigan and June where it finished third.
Jamie McMurray is batting 0.500 at Bristol in his last 10 races. In that span of events, he has five top-10s including a best of third in the 2010 night race.
Justin Allgaier has shown remarkable consistency on short tracks with three results ranging from 17th to 23rd.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recorded a remarkable second-place finish at Bristol this spring and hoped that would translate into a strong short track season. He suffered crash damage at both Martinsville and Richmond, however, and finished outside the top 35.
Brad Keselowski entered the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma with a four-race top-10 streak. Three of these were top-fives, but the tide shifted soon after and he has been much less consistent on oval tracks.
Denny Hamlin finished sixth in this spring’s Food City 500 at Bristol and that has been the highlight of his short track season. Since then he finished 19th at Martinsville and 22nd at Richmond.
In the past two seasons, Kurt Busch has been an all or nothing driver on short tracks. In nine starts during 2013 and 2014 on courses less than a mile in length, he has four top-10s and four results outside the top 20.
Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski wins the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, his first victory in 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
David Gilliland has shown a lot of consistency at Bristol during the past five seasons. In nine races since the start of 2010 he has finished in a narrow band from 20th to 27th.
Carl Edwards is the most recent Bristol winner after scoring the victory this spring. He started the Food City 500 in 12th.
Jimmie Johnson lost his momentum at Bristol in 2013 and seems to be carrying very little with him from the 2014 season. Four of his latest six races this year ended outside the top 25.
Kyle Busch earned four victories in five races from 2009 through 2011, but reality has set in since. In the six races after his latest victory he has only two top-10s and an average of 15.7.