Drivers to observe in NASCAR Cup Collection at Nashville

After the one off weekend of the common season, the Cup Collection returns to competitors Sunday (5 pm ET, NBC) with a 399-mile race at Nashville Superspeedway close to Lebanon, Tenn.

The race shall be solely the second Cup occasion on the 1.33-mile monitor. Kyle Larson received in runaway trend within the monitor’s Cup debut final season. Beforehand, the Xfinity and Truck collection raced at Nashville. They’re additionally on this weekend’s schedule.

The Cup race will start a 10-week, 10-race run to the top of the common season. The ten-race playoffs are scheduled to start Sept. 4 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

FRONT RUNNERS

Kyle Larson

  • Factors place: seventh
  • Final three races: fifteenth at Sonoma; twelfth at Gateway; ninth at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: Received in 2021

Larson just about defines the time period “entrance runner” at Nashville. Final 12 months he led 264 of the race’s 300 laps and received by 4.33 seconds, virtually a calendar web page in entrance of second-place Ross Chastain.

Larson is driving a 14-race winless streak and can run at Nashville with interim crew chief Kevin Meendering, who’s changing Cliff Daniels, who was suspended after Larson’s Chevrolet misplaced a wheel at Sonoma.

Ross Chastain

  • Factors place: 2nd
  • Final three races: seventh at Sonoma; eighth at Gateway; fifteenth at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: 2nd in 2021

Chastain, certainly one of solely 4 drivers with a number of wins this season, completed second to winner Kyle Larson final 12 months at Nashville in what developed as a fuel-mileage end.

Within the season’s previous eight races, Chastain has completed eighth or higher 5 instances. He has seven prime fives (together with two wins) prior to now 14 occasions.

William Byron

  • Factors place: eighth
  • Final three races: ninth at Sonoma; nineteenth at Gateway; thirty second at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: third in 2021

Byron, who has received this season at Atlanta and Martinsville, has been comparatively quiet not too long ago. He has led 570 laps for the 12 months, however 482 of these had been logged within the first eight races. Up to now eight races, Byron has led solely 88 laps.

His Nashville run final 12 months, nevertheless, places him on the watch listing for this weekend. Regardless of beginning the race from the rear due to improper changes, he rolled via the sphere and completed third.

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Kevin Harvick

  • Factors place: twelfth
  • Final three races: 4th at Sonoma; thirty third at Gateway; third at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: fifth in 2021

Harvick stays probably the most distinguished driver nonetheless on the surface trying in for a playoff spot. He’s the primary driver beneath the purpose cutoff line, seven factors behind Aric Almirola. Harvick has participated in 12 straight playoffs, probably the most amongst lively drivers.

Harvick’s season has been a wrestle, however he has two finishes of fourth or higher prior to now 4 races and has completed within the prime 10 in 5 of the previous seven. He ran properly final 12 months at Nashville, ending fifth after operating out of fuel on the final lap, giving up fourth. He owns two Xfinity wins on the monitor.

Harvick is driving a 59-race winless streak, a stretch through which he has completed second 4 instances.

Daniel Suarez

  • Factors place: seventeenth
  • Final three races: Received at Sonoma; twenty third at Gateway; twenty fifth at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: seventh in 2021

So, Daniel, are you able to do it once more? Suarez broke into the winners circle at Sonoma and has 4 prime 10s within the final 14 races. Now he must show he can compete for victories on large ovals.

Suarez was seventh final 12 months at Nashville after beginning twenty second.

Martin Truex Jr.

  • Factors place: sixth
  • Final three races: twenty sixth at Sonoma; sixth at Gateway; twelfth at Charlotte
  • Previous at Nashville: twenty second in 2021

Truex stays winless this season after a 2021 run through which he received 4 instances. At this level final 12 months he had six prime fives; now he has solely two.

At the moment 14th in playoff factors, Truex was penalized twice throughout final 12 months’s Nashville race at completed twenty second after pitting for gasoline with 10 laps to go.

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