Team Penske hasn’t won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since June 10. They were so close last weekend but their fuel mileage cost them a victory at the Michigan International Speedway despite leading 122 of 200 laps overall. Maybe this weekend in Bristol is just what the doctor ordered.
Penske, has looked good at Bristol lately, it’s just that the Busch brothers have stolen their thunder with wins. But, if anyone can top the Busch duo, it is Penske.
Ryan Blaney during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee.
Ryan Blaney is the obvious pick for them. Blaney is arguably the top wildcard driver at Bristo. Blaney, has three top 10 finishes in his last four Bristol starts including a seventh place run in this race last year and fourth this past spring. He led 221 laps on the concrete oval in 2018 and 158 more in April. He also enters this weekend with three top 10 finishes in his last four starts on the year and six in his last nine.
Joey Logano has seven top 10 finishes in his last eight Bristol starts including a third place run in the spring after leading 146 laps. Also, his last seven Bristol night race finishes are – 8th, 5th, 1st, 1st, 10th, 13th and 4th respectively.
One driver I’m not confident in is Brad Keselowski. His last seven Bristol finishes are 18th, 33rd, 34th, 29th, 23rd, 16th and 18th respectively. But, it’s not like his No. 2 Ford hasn’t been fast either though. Keselowski, led 40 this past spring and has three top 10 finishes in his last four starts on the season.
Overall, the Penske threesome led 344 laps in April. If all goes right, one of these three can win.