Big Three going strong entering Michigan race
NASCAR’s Big 3 has essentially lapped the competition.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win 16 of 22 races and haven’t allowed the field to win consecutive races with points at stake this year. Of the other 56 drivers who have started a race, only Clint Bowyer has won twice.
That could potentially change Aug. 12 in the Consumers Energy 400 because Chase Elliott won last week at Watkins Glen.
Chances are, though, one of the series’ top three drivers will finish first.
Busch and Truex drive a Toyota while Harvick is in a Ford. Clearly, it helps to have one of those manufacturers on your side this season.
Toyota drivers have won 11 races and Ford has nine first-place finishes.
“They got everything together,” Ryan Newman, who drives the No. 31 Chevy, said on Aug. 11 after practice. “They’ve got great downforce, horsepower, tires. Drivers are doing their job and collectively their organizations are strong.
“Stewart-Haas Racing as well as the Toyota camp seems to be strong right now and have been all year.”
Chevrolet, meanwhile, has won just two races and Kyle Larson, who is eighth in points, is its only driver among the top 10 in the standings.
“We’re trying to catch up,” said Newman, who will start sixth. We were prepared as well as we thought we needed to be.
“As it turns out, we needed to be more prepared and you can see the results across the Chevrolet camp.”
Some other things to know for the Cup race: when you have had some success to see how you will stack up when you load again,” Bowyer said.