Cup Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. will try and defend his win at Darlington Raceway tonight with just two races to go before the playoff races begin.
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
Track: Darlington Raceway
Shape: Intermediate/Asphalt (1.3 mile)
Similar tracks: Homestead
Defending champion: Martin Truex Jr.
T.V.: Sunday, 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
– 11 of last 15 race winners started outside the top-10 (front five rows).
– The farthest back a race winner has started is 37th (Ward Burton/2001; Bobby LaBonte/2000).
Season: Four straight top-10s including two wins.
Track: 2 top-5s and a win in 12 career races; has led just a combined 4-laps the last three races; 11th LY.
Martin Truex Jr. (Defending Champion)
Season: 5 top-5s, one runner-up and two wins in his last seven races.
Track: 2 top-5s and a win in 11 career races; 1st LY.
Season: Four top-10s, two runner-ups and a win in his last seven.
Track: 3 top-10s and 1 top-5 in three career races; 3rd LY.
Season: 6 top-10s, L9 including 3 top-5s, a runner-up and a win.
Track: 6 top-5s and a win in 20 career races including four straight top-5s with a runner-up, a win and two poles while leading a combined 496-laps; 2nd LY.
Season: 9 top-10s, L13 including 8 top-5s and a win.
Track: 6 top-5s and a win in 11 career races; 4th LY.
Season: Just 3 top-10s, L8.
Track: 2 top-5s in 8 career races; 9th LY.
Season: Just 2 top-5s, L15.
Track: 2 top-5s in 8 career races with both in his last two races; 5th LY.
Season: 5 top-10s, L6 including 4 top-5s and a runner-up.
Track: 3 top-5s and a win in 23 career races; 6th LY.
Season: 6 top-10s, L7 including third at Michigan and runner-up at Bristol.
Track: First career Cup Series race.
Season: Just 1 top-5 (win at Dover) over his last 16 races; has finished 19th or worse in five of his last seven races.
Track: 9 top-5s and three wins in 18 career races; has led just a combined 8-laps in his last four races; 33rd LY.
Season: No top-5s in his last ten races.
Track: No top-10s in two career races including 13th LY.
Season: Just 2 top-10s, L6.
Track: 1 top-10 in two career races; also has one win in two career Xfinity races; 10th LY.
Season: 2 top-10s and 1 top-5, L3.
Track: 2 top-5s in 20 career races; 34th LY.
Season: Just 1 top-5, L14.
Track: 3 top-5s in 16 career races; 15th LY.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Season: No top-10s, L8.
Track: 4 top-5s in 21 career races including three straight top-10s with a runner-up; DNR LY.
Season: 4 top-10s and 3 top-5s, L8.
Track: 7 top-5s in 18 career races; 8th LY.
Season: Just 1 top-10, L14 (win at Brickyard).
Track: 3 top-5s in 14 career races including four poles; 7th LY.
RACE PICKS: WEEK 25
RACE RECORD: 14 for 24
RACE TOTAL: +180
WEEK 25 RACE PICKS
M Truex Jr. (4-1)…40
K Harvick (6-1)…20
D Hamlin (7-1)…20
B Keselowski (10-1)…10
J Logano (12-1)…5
M Kenseth (15-1)…5
For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
RACE RECORD: 10 for 24
RACE TOTAL: -335
WEEK 25 RACE PICKS
K Harvick (6-1)…50
C Elliott (25-1)…50
For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)
Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).
100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.
The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.
After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.
Championship Odds (9/3)
2-1…M Truex Jr.
7-1…D Hamlin, K Harvick and J Johnson
25-1…C Elliott and M Kenseth
100-1…Kurt Busch, E Jones, J Logano, R Newman and R Stenhouse Jr.
200-1…C Bowyer, A Dillon and K Kahne