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Horses for courses: The best tracks for every NASCAR driver

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December 14th, 2019

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.
28
15.43
2
Clint Bowyer
56
16.57
2
Kurt Busch
75
16.60
1
Joey Logano
44
16.80
4
Kevin Harvick
75
16.96
3

Short tracks (Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Kyle Busch
87
10.77
16
Denny Hamlin
83
11.00
10
Jimmie Johnson
108
12.49
14
Kevin Harvick
113
12.82
6
Joey Logano
66
13.12
5

Road courses (Watkins Glen, Sonoma, ROVAL)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Chase Elliott
10
10.50
3
Clint Bowyer
30
11.70
1
Ryan Blaney
10
12.20
1
Kevin Harvick
40
12.50
2
Kyle Busch
32
13.75
4

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

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Jimmie Johnson
103
10.46
18
Kyle Larson
34
10.88
1
Kevin Harvick
108
11.98
15
Kyle Busch
87
12.57
9
Brad Keselowski
60
12.60
2

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

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Jimmie Johnson
210
11.74
31
Kevin Harvick
218
12.46
17
Martin Truex Jr.
168
13.17
13
Kyle Busch
174
13.19
15
Denny Hamlin
166
13.54
11

Intermediate tracks (2 miles) (California and Michigan)

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
Chase Elliott
12
8.67
0
Joey Logano
35
12.51
3
Brad Keselowski
32
12.81
1
Kyle Larson
18
12.83
4
Kevin Harvick
71
13.83
4

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

DriverStartsAverage FinishCareer Wins
William Byron
6
10.00
0
Kevin Harvick
57
11.37
2
Brad Keselowski
30
11.97
2
Denny Hamlin
42
12.10
5
Erik Jones
9
13.56
0
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