Ryan Truex finished 30th in the STP 500 at Martinsville this spring, but that is his only top-30 in five races on this track type. His last five attempts this season have ended in results of 36th or worse, and he needs a top-30 to restore his confidence.
David Gilliland has scored five 20-something finishes in the five short, flat track races this year, but his most recent attempt at Richmond barely made the grade; he finished 29th in the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Aric Almirola posted back-to-back 20-something finishes in 2012 and then shocked the field with a fifth in summer 2013. His last two efforts have also ended in the 20s, so if the pattern holds, he could be ready to score another strong result.
Brian Vickers entered the Camping World RV Sales 301 this July with a five-race, top-15 streak and looked like he might be a solid dark horse. He qualified 17th, but never found the handle and finished outside the top 20.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters the Sylvania 300 with five consecutive top-15s at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished 10th in this summer’s Camping World RV Sales 301.
Kyle Busch has earned three consecutive runner-up finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and would love to improve his effort by one spot in the Sylvania 300.
Cole Whitt has been one of the most consistent drivers on short, flat tracks this year, but he will be useful to fantasy owners only in extreme need. Four of his five races on this track type have ended a narrow band from 27th to 30th.
Austin Dillon is looking for his third top-15 finish on a short, flat track this week. His previous two successes came in the STP 500 at Martinsville and the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire.
Ryan Newman has been fairly consistent and occasionally strong at New Hampshire in the past six years. In that span of races, he has one victory, another top-five, and seven top-10s in 10 races on this track.
Jeff Gordon carries the momentum of back-to-back runner-up finishes from Richmond and Chicagoland into New Hampshire for the Sylvania 300 and he was one of the strongest contenders this July in the Camping World RV Sales 301 before running out of fuel during the final caution flag.
Centershot Ministries will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Camry at Kentucky Speedway with Blake Koch behind the wheel.
Chris Buescher will make his second NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday.
Ryan Reed will make his second NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Family Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will make his first start in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang this weekend in the Nationwide Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.