Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in turn 4 during the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in turn 4 during the Ford EcoBoost 400. (Photo by Malcolm Hope/Icon Sportswire)

It’s the NASCAR Cup Series offseason, so it’s great time to work on your handicapping for the 2020 season. One of the best approaches to picking winners is the horse-for-course angle.

NASCAR runs on many different tracks across the country, and many of those tracks can appear to look or drive similar, but differences are key to finding winners. Here is a list of drivers who excel at certain types of tracks to help you the find your horse for the course.

Superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.2815.432
Clint Bowyer5616.572
Kurt Busch7516.601
Joey Logano4416.804
Kevin Harvick7516.963

Short tracks (Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Kyle Busch8710.7716
Denny Hamlin8311.0010
Jimmie Johnson10812.4914
Kevin Harvick11312.826
Joey Logano6613.125

Road courses (Watkins Glen, Sonoma, ROVAL)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Chase Elliott1010.503
Clint Bowyer3011.701
Ryan Blaney1012.201
Kevin Harvick4012.502
Kyle Busch3213.754

Intermediate tracks (1 mile) (Dover, Phoenix, New Hampshire)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Jimmie Johnson10310.4618
Kyle Larson3410.881
Kevin Harvick10811.9815
Kyle Busch8712.579
Brad Keselowski6012.602

Intermediate cookie cutters (roughly 1 1/2 miles) (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Darlington, Homestead, Kansas, Kentucky, Las Vegas, and Texas)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Jimmie Johnson21011.7431
Kevin Harvick21812.4617
Martin Truex Jr.16813.1713
Kyle Busch17413.1915
Denny Hamlin16613.5411

Intermediate tracks (2 miles) (California and Michigan)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Chase Elliott128.670
Joey Logano3512.513
Brad Keselowski3212.811
Kyle Larson1812.834
Kevin Harvick7113.834

Intermediate tracks (2 1/2 miles) (Indianapolis and Pocono)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
William Byron610.000
Kevin Harvick5711.372
Brad Keselowski3011.972
Denny Hamlin4212.105
Erik Jones913.560

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