Who’s the best short-track racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? You can make an argument for a handful of drivers over their respective careers.
Or you can look at the just-concluded spring short-track schedule, which saw NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at RIR was the final short-track race this spring, and just six drivers managed single-digit average finishes at the three races at NASCAR’s bullrings.
And there are a few surprises among the six drivers. Here they are:
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Ryan Newman, average finish 9.67
Maybe the Phoenix victory wasn’t a fluke after all. Newman finished eighth at Martinsville and seventh at RIR.
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It’s been a good but not great season for the 2014 Cup champion, who had a best short-track finish this time of third at Bristol.
The seven-time champion finished outside of the top 10 at both Martinsville (15th) and Richmond (12th), but he won at Bristol, which brought his average finish into single digits.
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Yep, Bowyer’s been loving life since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. His best short-track finish this spring was a stellar runner-up run at Bristol.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7.67
Here’s a shocker: Stenhouse was one of only two drivers to post top 10s at all three short tracks, finishing 10th at Martinsville, ninth at Bristol and fourth at Richmond
Since joining Team Penske, Logano has become one of the sport’s elite drivers. He won at Richmond on Sunday and posted top-five finishes at both Martinsville and Bristol. In fact, Logano has finished sixth or better in eight of nine races so far this year.
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