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JJ Yeley has spent two laps inside the top 15 through Week 4 of the 2020 season.
The FanShield 500k at Phoenix Raceway was not only Yeley’s best finish so far, but undoubtedly his best performance. He was close enough to the front of the pack that he managed to log two laps inside the top 15 before finishing just outside the top 25. He was on the lead lap in that race when the checkers waved, which is no small feat for an organization of this size.
Added Yesterday 7:21 pm (EST)
Ross Chastain has earned seven points in two segments through Week 4 of the 2020 season.
Chastain finished fifth in Stage 2 of the Daytona 500, which comes as no surprise since that race is filled with dark horse contenders. His other point came with a 10th-place running at the end of Stage 1 in his first attempt with Roush Fenway Racing.
Added Yesterday 7:13 pm (EST)
Joey Gase has a Driver Rating of 33.3 through Week 4 of the 2020 season, according to NASCAR Statistical Services.
Gase’s Driver Rating of 33.3 ranks 35th among 38 drivers. In the first four races, Gase’s best rating came in the Daytona 500 where the difference between first and 40th is smaller than on any other track. He was ranked 38th with a raw number of 34.3.
Added Yesterday 7:06 pm (EST)
Quin Houff has an Average Running Position of 33.716 through Week 4 of the 2020 NASCAR Cup season.
Houff’s Average Running Position of 33.716 ranks 36th among 38 drivers. Houff’s best performance in this regard came at Las Vegas with an average position of 33.0 that ranked 33rd. He finished 32nd in the Pennzoil 400, which showed consistency across the board.
Added Yesterday 6:57 pm (EST)
Reed Sorenson has an average finish of 32.75 through Week 4 of the NASCAR Cup season.
Sorenson’s average finish of 32.75 ranks 35th among 38 drivers with two or more starts. Fantasy players need to adjust the way they look at the traditional ‘back markers’ in 2020 because these teams are starting to produce results that are occasionally fantasy relevant. In four starts, Sorenson has one top-30 that came with five place-differential points at Phoenix. He was 30th after starting 35th in the FanShield 500k.
Added Yesterday 6:47 pm (EST)
Garrett Smithley has an average place-differential of +0.67 through the first four weeks of 2020.
Smithley’s +0.67 ranks 17th-best among 38 drivers. Smithley is on the positive side of this equation and that is the good news. He has also shown a lot of consistency with qualification results of 34th through 36th and finishes of 34th through 35th. He is moving up slightly via attrition, but is not earning a lot of points.
Added Yesterday 6:39 pm (EST)
Corey LaJoie has spent 66 laps inside the top 15 through Week 4 of the 2020 season.
LaJoie’s 66 laps inside the top 15 ranks 29th among 42 drivers. As would be expected, his most laps in the top 15 (33) came in the Daytona 500 with the constant churn in that race. But LaJoie was a surprisingly strong contender the following week at Vegas as well with 24 laps inside the top 15. In fact, he finished just outside that mark in 16th.
Added Yesterday 6:31 pm (EST)
Michael McDowell has a Driver Rating of 53.1 through Week 4 of the 2020 season, according to NASCAR Statistical Services.
McDowell’s Driver Rating of 53.1 ranks 28th among 38 drivers. McDowell has been a better value so far this year than anticipated. We expected him to perform well at Daytona and that is where his best rating of 64.8 was earned. He was ranked 24th in that race. But McDowell was also ranked 24th at Auto Club (56.2) where he finished 22nd. He was ranked 27th at Phoenix (54.0) with a 16th-place result.
Added Yesterday 6:22 pm (EST)