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Which Teams And Drivers Need NASCAR’s First Off Week of 2017?

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Several Slumping Teams And Drivers Look To NASCAR’s First Off Week To Regroup And Recover.


NASCAR’s first off week of the 2017 has arrived at last. Several teams and drivers are entering it happy and confident. But, some enter it looking for answers to issues and poor form. Here are some looking for a little something during the break.

Joe Gibbs Racing has come back to racing’s pinnacle the last few years. But, slumping form to start out the 2017 has left even it’s best drivers in a uncharacteristic slump. In fact, the only win for them or an affiliated team was Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Las Vegas for Furniture Row Racing. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth lead the team with only 3 top 10 finishes so far. Toyota’s flagship team desperately needs this off week to find it’s form.

It’s no secret Kasey Kahne has struggled in the last few years at Hendrick Motorsports. But, some glimmers of hope have shown through in the first 7 races thanks to 2 top 10 finishes. Resent struggles have once again put the target on the 5 team’s back. It’s prevalent this team has potential, but needs to find the consistency level the rest of HMS is at to succeed.

One must ask, why is Kurt Busch’s name in this piece you may ask? It’s simple, the Daytona 500 winner has been in a “hangover” form since the triumph in February. Only 2 top 10’s have come since and so has come 4 finishes outside the top 20. The off week should come as a blessing for the 41 team has they come back down for the rest of the season.

Also, JTG Daugherty Racing has been in some growing pains since expanding to 2 teams this season. While AJ Almendinger carries the success with 2 top to’s so far. His new teammate Chris Buescher meanwhile has struggled with a best finish of only 11th. While no body expects the team to come back stronger, consistency will be key to the rest of the season.

Lastly, Roush Fenway Racing has improved slightly from this time last season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has two top tens and Trevor Bayne has one so far. But, the lack of consistency and performance at several races still has them searching for more. It’s clear the duo can pull off good finishes, but the equipment still needs work.

Overall, the parity caused by the newfound season has brought several names in unfamiliar places to start off the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season. Even though it’s only one off week, several things can change the game in just 7 days away from the race track. Watch for these names and teams to strive and improve starting next week at Bristol.