Monday, August 12, 2013

Racing Points Index - CWTS - 2013 Pocono Mountains 125


The eleventh race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, the Pocono Mountains 125, was completed on August 3, 2013 at Eldora Speedway.  Since the Racing Points Index only awards points to drivers finishing in the Top Ten, below is a list of those drivers who finished in the Top Ten with the tentative number of points awarded.  (Note:  Points are awarded based upon finishing position and relative purse of each race as compared to all other races of a particular season.  Since relative purse cannot be determined until the end of the season, the number of points awarded for each race in 2013 is approximate until that time.)

2013 Pocono Mountains 125, Pocono August 3, 2013:

Pos.  Driver  (App. Pts)

1.   Ryan Blaney   (743)
2.   Miguel Paludo   (668)
3.   German Quiroga   (594)
4.   Joey Coulter   (520)
5.   Ross Chastain   (446)
6.   Ron Hornaday, Jr.   (371)
7.   Darrell Wallace, Jr.   (297)
8.   Matt Crafton   (223)
9.   Brendan Gaughan   (149)
10.   Brennan Newberry   (74)


Below are the current RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings. 

2013 RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings – Top 20 (Through 11 of 22 Races):

Pos.  Driver  App. Pts   (St, W, T5, T10)

1.   Matt Crafton   5,159   (11, 1, 5, 11)
2.   Johnny Sauter   3,745   (11, 2, 4, 6)
3.   Ryan Blaney   3,642   (11, 1, 4, 7)
4.   Brendan Gaughan   3,577   (11, 0, 6, 7)
5.   Kyle Busch   3,474   (5, 2, 4, 4)
6.   Ty Dillon   3,006   (11, 1, 3, 5)
7.   Jeb Burton   2,845   (11, 1, 3, 6)
8.   Timothy Peters   2,586   (11, 1, 2, 6)
9.   James Buescher   2,258   (11, 0, 2, 5)
10.   Joey Coulter   2,250   (11, 0, 3, 5)
11.   Miguel Paludo   2,241   (11, 0, 1, 7)
12.   Darrell Wallace, Jr.   2,151   (11, 0, 1, 7)
13.   Ron Hornaday, Jr.   2,070   (11, 0, 2, 5)
14.   Chase Elliott   1,930   (4, 0, 3, 4)
15.   German Quiroga   1,564   (11, 0, 2, 3)
16.   Kyle Larson   1,240   (2, 1, 2, 2)
17.   Erik Jones   957   (3, 0, 1, 3)
18.   Justin Lofton   876   (2, 0, 1, 2)
18.   Brad Keselowski   784   (2, 0, 1, 1)
20.   Max Gresham   690   (11, 0, 1, 2)


We have updated all of the lists that we created over the winter in which we ranked drivers in various categories based on career statistics and Racing Point Index points.  Below are the changes on those lists that took place based on the 2013 Pocono Mountains 125.


The highest mover in our list of the most successful drivers in Camping World Truck Series history involved Miguel Paludo, who finished in second place in the Pocono Mountains 125.  Paludo picked up enough career RPI points to move past Kenny Irwin, Jr., Ricky Charmichael and Steve Park to finish the week in 59th place all-time.

Pocono winner Ryan Blaney also picked up three notches on this list, finishing the week ranked as the CWTS’ 61st greatest driver in history.  Like Paludo, Blaney passed Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Ricky Charmichael.  In addition, Blaney also moved past Geoffrey Bodine on the all-time list.


With his Pocono victory, Ryan Blaney becomes one of seventeen drivers who are tied for the 36th most victories in CWTS history, with two checkered flags to his credit.


Fourth-place finisher Joey Coulter broke his tie with Jon Wood, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Randy Tolsma and into a tie with Erik Darnell, Mark Martin and Scott Riggs with sixteen career CWTS Top Five finishes, good for a tie for 36th most all-time.


Joey Coulter also moved up on this list, breaking his tie with Erik Darnell and moving into a tie with Austin Dillon with 33 career Top Ten finishes in the CWTS.  That total is the 39th most in series history.


Miguel Paludo made the same move he made on the all-time charts as he did in this category, passing Steve Park, Ricky Charmichael and Kenny Irwin, Jr. to move into 47th place among drivers without a CWTS championship.

Likewise, Ryan Blaney passed Charmichael and Irwin and makes his debut this week on our list of the fifty greatest CWTS drivers who have yet to win a series championship.  Blaney’s inclusion means that Kenny Irwin, Jr. drops from this list’s Top 50.


For the third time in this post, Miguel Paludo passes Ricky Charmichael.  On this list, it makes Paludo the fourth most successful driver in CWTS history without a victory to his credit.  Paludo is behind only Jason White, Bill Sedgwick and Coy Gibbs on this list.

Darrell Wallace, Jr. scored his seventh CWTS Top Ten in eleven career races in the Pocono Mountains 125.  With this accomplishment, Wallace has skyrocketed up to 25th place on this list of most successful drivers without a CWTS victory.  This week, Wallace moved past Hank Parker, Jr., Chase Elliott, Bill Lester, Kevin Cywinski, Dough George and Tayler Malsam.

Pocono’s third-place driver German Quiroga made even a bigger move than Wallace this week, passing eighteen drivers (we won’t list him but feel free to check out the list) to finish the week with the 32nd most career RPI points among drivers without a CWTS victory.

Similarly, Ross Chastain passed thirteen drivers this week as a result of the second Top Five finish of his CWTS career, making him the 35th most successful winless driver in CWTS history.


Johnny Sauter’s start at Pocono was the 119th of his CWTS career, moving him into a tie with Jon Wood for the 27th most in series history.

James Buescher broke his tie with Chad McCumbee this weekend by starting the 105th CWTS race of his career.  Buescher is now in sole possession of the 33rd most starts in series history.  McCumbee isn’t alone, however, because Norm Benning joins him in 34th place all-time with 104.  Like McCumbee, Benning has zero victories to show for his 104 starts.


As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, as a result of his loss at Pocono, Norm Benning joins Chad McCumbee with zero victories in 104 career CWTS races.  That total is the fourth biggest 0-fer in CWTS history, behind only Bill Lester (142), Jason White (152) and Lance Norick (154).

Miguel Paludo moved into sole possession of the 20th longest CWTS career 0-fer with 62 starts, breaking his tie Rob Morgan.  That total is good for the 20th longest 0-fer in CWTS history.

At 42 starts without a victory, Mike Harmon moved into sole possession of the CWTS’ 45th longest career 0-fer, breaking his tie with Brian Rose, Walker Evans and Kenny Allen.

Debuting on this list in 50th position, tied with Tobey Butler, Tayler Malsam and B.A. Wilson is Johns Wes Townley with 39 losses in 39 races.  Congratulations?


Without even participating in the Pocono truck race, Carl Edwards moved into a tie with Todd Bodine with the seventh highest winning percentage in series history at .1000.  With Bodine’s loss in the race, he now has 22 victories in 220 CWTS starts.

After failing to win at Pocono, Joey Coulter’s career winning percentage dropped to .0172 (1/57), moving him into a three-way tie for the 38th highest winning percentage all-time, along with Chad Chaffin (2/116) and Brandon Whitt (1/58).

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Racing Points Index - Sprint Cup - 2013 Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400


The twentieth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series, the Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400, was completed on July 28, 2013 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Since the Racing Points Index only awards points to drivers finishing in the Top Ten, below is a list of those drivers who finished in the Top Ten with the tentative number of points awarded.  (Note:  Points are awarded based upon finishing position and relative purse of each race as compared to all other races of a particular season.  Since relative purse cannot be determined until the end of the season, the number of points awarded for each race in 2013 is approximate until that time.)


2013 Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400, Indianapolis, July 28, 2013:

Pos.  Driver  (App. Pts)

1.   Ryan Newman   (764)
2.   Jimmie Johnson   (688)
3.   Kasey Kahne   (611)
4.   Tony Stewart   (535)
5.   Matt Kenseth   (459)
6.   Dale Earnhardt, Jr.   (382)
7.   Jeff Gordon   (306)
8.   Joey Logano   (229)
9.   Juan Pablo Montoya   (153)
10.   Kyle Busch   (76)


2013 RPI Sprint Cup Series Driver of the Year Standings – Top 20 (Through 20 of 36 Races):

Pos.  Driver   Pts   (Races, W, T5, T10)

1.   Jimmie Johnson   5,986   (20, 4, 9, 14)
2.   Kyle Busch   3,923   (20, 2, 9, 12)
3.   Dale Earnhardt, jr.   3,650   (20, 0, 4, 11)
4.   Brad Keselowski   3,371   (20, 0, 6, 9)
5.   Matt Kenseth   3,306   (20, 4, 5, 11)
6.   Clint Bowyer   3,062   (20, 0, 7, 11)
7.   Kasey Kahne   3,055   (20, 1, 6, 8)
8.   Carl Edwards   2,999   (20, 1, 6, 10)
9.   Kevin Harvick   2,653   (20, 2, 5, 11)
10.   Ryan Newman   2,651   (20, 1, 3, 9)
11.   Greg Biffle   2,502   (20, 1, 3, 7)
12.   Tony Stewart   2,385   (20, 1, 5, 7)
13.   Martin Truex, Jr.   2,296   (20, 1, 4, 8)
14.   Joey Logano   2,253   (20, 0, 5, 9)
15.   Kurt Busch   2,095   (20, 0, 4, 8)
16.   Jeff Gordon   2,080   (20, 0, 4, 8)
17.   Mark Martin   1,528   (14, 0, 1, 4)
18.   Denny Hamlin   1,266   (16, 0, 3, 4)
19.   Juan Pablo Montoya   1,029   (20, 0, 2, 4)
20.   Jamie McMurray   970   (20, 0, 1, 5)


We have updated all of the lists that we created over the winter in which we ranked drivers in various categories based on career statistics and Racing Point Index points.  Below are the changes on those lists that took place as a result of the Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400.  As always, click on the links to see the full lists.


Ryan Newman’s victory in the Samuel Deeds 400 allowed him to collect enough career RPI points to move past former champions and all-time legend Ned Jarrett and find himself as the 44th most successful driver in Sprint Cup history.

Another former Sprint Cup champion who got passed in the all-time rankings was Joe Weatherly.  Kasey Kahne, in fact, passed both Weatherly and Davey Allison to become the 52nd most successful driver in Sprint Cup history, as determined by career RPI points.

Finally, as a result of his ninth place finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya slipped past Bobby Hamilton into 99th place on our list of the Sprint Cup’s most successful drivers.


With his victory at Indianapolis, hometown hero Ryan Newman moved into a tie with Curtis Turner and Marvin Panch with 17 career Sprint Cup victories, good for 47th most in Series history.


Samuel Deeds 400 runner-up Jimmie Johnson moved into a tie with “Million Dollar” Bill Elliott with 175 career Top Fives in Sprint Cup competition.  That total is good for eighteenth most in series history.

We also have a newcomer to the Top 50 of this list.  Third-place finisher Kasey Kahne recorded the 75th Top Five of his Sprint Cup career.  Though he is still 100 away from Jimmie Johnson’s total, he is now tied with Fred Lorenzen for the 50th most in Series history.


Ned Jarrett gets his second mention on today’s post, which is never good when you’re retired.  This time, it means that he was tied this weekend by Matt Kenseth for the 22nd most Top Ten finishes in Series history with 239.

A little further down our list, another tie was created as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. joined Elmo Langley in 30th place all-time on this list with 193 career Top Tens in the Sprint Cup.

Finally, former champion Joe Weatherly makes another appearance in this entry, as well.  With his tenth-place finish at Indianapolis, Kyle Busch joined Weatherly with 153 career Sprint Cup Top Tens, which is good for the 44th most in Series history.


This week’s only move on this list belonged to Kasey Kahne, who passed Davey Allison in career RPI points to become the 28th most successful driver in Sprint Cup history among those who have never won a Sprint Cup championship.


No changes in the Top 50 of this list in the past week.


Joe Nemechek moved into sole possession of the 21st most starts in Sprint Cup history by participating in the 636th race of his Cup career, thus breaking his tie with legend Buck Baker.

With 455 career Sprint Cup starts, Kurt Busch now finds himself tied with Jimmy Means for the 39th most in Series history.

Just behind Kurt on the all-time list are Dave Blaney and Kevin Harvick, who each started his 450th career Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis and break their tie with Cecil Gordon and now hold 41st position with each other.


Dave Blaney also broke his tie with Cecil Gordon on this list with the 450th start of his Sprint Cup career with zero victories to show for it.  He now finds himself five starts behind Jimmy Means on this list.

David Gilliland also broke his tie with Todd Bodine with the 242nd loss of his career to move into sole possession of the 26th longest 0-fer in Sprint Cup history.

Finally, David Stremme broke his tie with Reed Sorenson by going 0-for-184 in Sprint Cup competition.  Stremme is now alone in 43rd place on this list, while Sorenson is now tied for 44th with A.J. Allmendinger, who joins Sorenson with a 0-for-183 Sprint Cup record.


Brad Keselowski moved below Carl Edwards on this list during the past week because, with fewer starts, losses hurt Keselowski’s winning percentage more.  Both Edwards and Keselowski moved behind Pete Hamilton.  Currently, Hamilton remains in 39th place at .0625 (4/64), Edwards drops to 40th at .0623 (20/321), and Keselowski falls to 41st at .0621 (9/145).

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Racing Points Index - Nationwide - 2013 Indiana 250


The nineteenth race of the 2013 Nationwide Series, the Indiana 250, was completed on July 27, 2013 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Since the Racing Points Index only awards points to drivers finishing in the Top Ten, below is a list of those drivers who finished in the Top Ten with the tentative number of points awarded.  (Note:  Points are awarded based upon finishing position and relative purse of each race as compared to all other races of a particular season.  Since relative purse cannot be determined until the end of the season, the number of points awarded for each race in 2013 is approximate until that time.)


2013 Indiana 250, Indianapolis, July 27, 2013:

Pos.  Driver  (App. Pts)

1.   Kyle Busch   (667)
2.   Brian Scott   (600)
3.   Joey Logano   (533)
4.   Brian Vickers   (467)
5.   Kevin Harvick   (400)
6.   Paul Menard   (333)
7.   Matt Kenseth   (267)
8.   Kevin Swindell   (200)
9.   Michael Annett   (133)
10   Travis Pastrana   (67)


2013 RPI Nationwide Series Driver of the Year Standings – Top Twenty – (Through 19 of 33 Races):

Pos.  Driver   Points   (Races, W, T5, T10)

1.   Kyle Busch   6,046   (15, 8, 13, 13)
2.   Sam Hornish, Jr.  5,068   (19, 1, 7, 14)
3.   Brian Vickers   3,929   (19, 0, 9, 11)
4.   Austin Dillon   3,497   (19, 0, 6, 12)
5.   Elliott Sadler   3,469   (19, 0, 7, 11)
6.   Regan Smith   3,350   (19, 2, 4, 13)
7.   Kyle Larson   2,942   (19, 0, 4, 11)
8.   Joey Logano   2,831   (9, 2, 6, 7)
9.   Trevor Bayne   2,736   (19, 1, 5, 10)
10.   Justin Allgaier   2,429   (19, 0, 3, 10)
11.   Parker Kligerman   2,313   (19, 0, 3, 7)
12.   Brian Scott   2,261   (19, 0, 2, 9)
13.   Matt Kenseth   2,136   (9, 1, 3, 8)
14.   Brad Keselowski   1,955   (8, 2, 4, 4)
15.   Kevin Harvick   1,825   (6, 0, 5, 5)
16.   Kasey Kahne   1,357   (8, 0, 2, 5)
17.   Dale Earnhardt, Jr.   1,328   (3, 0, 2, 2)
18.   Alex Bowman   1,310   (19, 0, 1, 4)
19.   Tony Stewart   1,292   (1, 1, 1, 1)
20.   Kurt Busch   792   (3, 0, 2, 2)



We have updated all of the lists that we created over the winter in which we ranked drivers in various categories based on career statistics and Racing Point Index points.  Below are the changes on those lists that took place based on the 2013 Indiana 250.


With a third-place finish in the Indiana 250, Joey Logano became the highest mover in our rankings of the Nationwide Series’ most successful drivers, moving past Jimmy Spencer into 35th place on the list.

Another Top Five finisher in Indianapolis, Brian Vickers, jumped a few notches, passing Martin Truex, Jr. and Bobby Allison to finish the week in 47th place on our all-time list.


There were no changes in the Top 50 of this list in the past week.  Kyle Busch’s victory in Indianapolis was the record 59th of his Nationwide Series career.


Joey Logano’s third-place finish in the Indiana 250 was the 59th Top Five of his Nationwide Series career.  This total breaks his tie with Mike McLaughlin and moves him into a tie with Michael Waltrip for the 26th most in series history.

Brian Vickers also made a move on this list, breaking his tie with Darrell Waltrip and Martin Truex, Jr. by recording the 41st Top Five of his Nationwide Series career and move into sole possession of 40th most in series history.


Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth continue to assault this chart in tandem.  The Indiana 250 resulted in the 176th career Top Ten finish for both drivers in the Nationwide Series and they remained tied for third most all-time, but they break their tie with Jason Keller, who has dropped to fifth on this list.  Next up for Busch and Kenseth is Tommy Houston with 198.

Not only did Joey Logano pass Jimmy Spencer on our list of most successful drivers in Nationwide Series history, Logano also tied Spencer on this list with his 93rd career Top Ten finish.  That total is good for 32nd most in series history.

Sixth-place finisher in Indianapolis, Paul Menard, recorded the 75th Top Ten of his Nationwide Series career, breaking his tie with Mike Bliss, Scott Wimmer and Steve Grissom and moving him into a tie with number three, Dale Earnhardt, for the 42nd most in series history.

Finally, Brian Vickers broke his tie with Ron Hornaday, Jr. and moved into a tie with Harry Gant with 71 career Nationwide Series Top Ten finishes, good for 48th best on this list.


Joey Logano and Jimmy Spencer are linked again in this week’s entry, as Joey Logano moved past Jimmy Spencer on this list, as well, becoming the 19th most successful driver in Nationwide Series history among those who have never won a series championship.


Indiana 250 runner-up Brian Scott, who came so close to finally winning in the 128th Nationwide Series race of his career, moved past Charlie Luck and Bosco Lowe to become the eleventh most successful driver in series history among those who have never won a race.  He is now just behind Michael Annett, who finished ninth in Indianapolis.


Indiana 250 victor Kyle Busch won his 59th race in 259 career Nationwide Series races.  The 259 NS races moves him into a tie with Hermie Sadler and Larry Pearson for the 26th most starts in series history.


Josh Wise moved into a tie this week with Rodney Combs by starting his 116th career NS race without a victory, making Wise and Combs tied for the 27th longest 0-fer in Nationwide Series history.


Former Nationwide Series champion Jeff Green’s winning percentage continues to fall.  After his loss at Indianapolis, his winning percentage ended at .0447 (16/358), dropping him down to 37th place on this list, below Chad Little at .0448 (6/134).

Constant start-and-parker Joe Nemechek also continues to fall on this list.  This weekend, his career winning percentage dropped to .0392 (16/408), do drop him into a tie for 45th place with Johnny Rumsley (2/51).

Finally, Kasey Kahne saw his career winning percentage drop to .0352 (7/199) as a result of not winning the Indiana 250 and he falls below Jimmy Hensley into 50th place on this list.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Racing Points Index - CWTS - 2013 Inaugural Midsummer Classic


The tenth race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, the Inaugural Midsummer Classic, was completed on July 24, 2013 at Eldora Speedway.  Since the Racing Points Index only awards points to drivers finishing in the Top Ten, below is a list of those drivers who finished in the Top Ten with the tentative number of points awarded.  (Note:  Points are awarded based upon finishing position and relative purse of each race as compared to all other races of a particular season.  Since relative purse cannot be determined until the end of the season, the number of points awarded for each race in 2013 is approximate until that time.)

2013 Inaugural Midsummer Classic, Eldora July 24, 2013:

Pos.  Driver  (App. Pts)

1.   Austin Dillon   (589)
2.   Kyle Larson   (530)
3.   Ryan Newman   (471)
4.   Joey Coulter   (412)
5.   Brendan Gaughan   (354)
6.   Timothy Peters   (295)
7.   Darrell Wallace, Jr.   (236)
8.   Matt Crafton   (177)
9.   Dave Blaney   (118)
10.   Max Gresham   (59)


Below are the current RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings. 

2013 RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings – Top 20 (Through 10 of 22 Races):

Pos.  Driver  App. Pts   (St, W, T5, T10)

1.   Matt Crafton   4,953   (10, 1, 5, 10)
2.   Johnny Sauter   3,758   (10, 2, 4, 6)
3.   Kyle Busch   3,486   (5, 2, 4, 4)
4.   Brendan Gaughan   3,441   (10, 0, 6, 6)
5.   Ty Dillon   3,017   (10, 1, 3, 5)
6.   Ryan Blaney   2,909   (10, 0, 3, 6)
7.   Jeb Burton   2,854   (10, 1, 3, 6)
8.   Timothy Peters   2,595   (10, 1, 2, 6)
9.   James Buescher   2,266   (10, 0, 2, 5)
10.   Chase Elliott   1,937   (4, 0, 3, 4)
11.   Darrell Wallace, Jr.   1,861   (10, 0, 1, 6)
12.   Joey Coulter   1,736   (10, 0, 2, 4)
13.   Ron Hornaday, Jr.   1,704   (10, 0, 2, 4)
14.   Miguel Paludo   1,578   (10, 0, 0, 6)
15.   Kyle Larson   1,244   (2, 1, 2, 2)
16.   German Quiroga   974   (10, 0, 1, 2)
17.   Erik Jones   961   (3, 0, 1, 3)
18.   Justin Lofton   879   (2, 0, 1, 2)
19.   Brad Keselowski   786   (2, 0, 1, 1)
20.   Max Gresham   693   (10, 0, 1, 2)


We have updated all of the lists that we created over the winter in which we ranked drivers in various categories based on career statistics and Racing Point Index points.  Below are the changes on those lists that took place based on the 2013 Inaugural Midsummer Classic.


The highest move on this list as a result of the Inaugural Midsummer Classic belonged to fourth-place finisher Joey Coulter, who picked up enough career RPI points to move past Rich Bickle into 37th place on our list of the most successful drivers in Camping World Truck Series history.

Jeb Burton moved up on our list this week despite finishing outside of the Top Ten in Eldora.  Because of the few number of starters in the Midsummer Classic (30), the prize pool was lower than anticipated.  As a result, the relative race share had to be adjusted for all of the prior races, with the effect being that drivers who performed well received additional points to compensate for this fact.  Jeb Burton picked up 61 RPI points as a result of the adjustment, and this paltry total allowed him to move past Marty Houston and Michael Waltrip into 86th place on the all-time CWTS list.

Finally, a Sprint Cup regular replaced a Sprint Cup legend in our All-Time Top 100.  In his fifth career CWTS race, Ryan Newman recorded his fifth Top Five in the series and has now collected enough career RPI points in the truck series to qualify as the 98th most successful driver in series history.  The person he displaces in the Top 100 is Darrell Waltrip, who had one Top Five and eight Top Tens in his 17-race CWTS career.


Another driver who came back to visit the Camping World Truck Series in Eldora was the race winner, Austin Dillon, who collected the fifth win of his CWTS career.  This total moves him into a tie with Mike Wallace, Rick Crawford, Scott Riggs and Timothy Peters for the 20th most in series history.


Fifth-place finisher in the Inagural Midsummer Classic, Brendan Gaughan, recorded the 43rd Top Five of his CWTS career.  This total broke his tie with Greg Biffle and moved him into a tie with Johnny Sauter for the 16th most in series history.

Austin Dillon also broke a tie, his with David Reutimann, with his victory marking the 18th Top Five of his CWTS career.  Dillon now finds himself alone in 34th place in career Top Fives in the Camping World Truck Series.

Finally, Joey Coulter broke his tie with Kurt Busch, only to find himself tied with Jon Wood, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Randy Tolsma, with fifteen career CWTS Top Fives.  These three drivers are tied with the 39th most Top Fives in CWTS history.


We’re going to lump our two changers together in this category this week because they are so close.  Austin Dillon recorded the 33rd Top Ten of his CWTS career at Eldora to break his tie with Erik Darnell and move into sole possession of the 39th most Top Tens in CWTS history.  Of course, Darnell drops to 40th place, but he isn’t alone.  Fourth-place finisher in the Inaugural Midsummer Classic, Joey Coulter, joins him with 32 career CWTS Top Tens.


In a milestone move, Joey Coulter moved into the Top 25 of this list by passing Rich Bickle, just as he had on our all-time list of the CWTS’ greatest drivers.


Because of our previously mentioned point adjustment, Chase Elliott was able to move up into 29th place all-time on this list, passing Hank Parker, Jr., despite not even participating in the Inaugural Midsummer Classic.

Moving up for more traditional reasons, Darrell Wallace, Jr. was able to parlay his seventh-place finish at Eldora into an eight-spot jump in our rankings, moving into 31st place among drivers who have yet to win a Camping World Truck Series race.


The top mover on this list as a result of Eldora belonged to Timothy Peters, who started his 150th career CWTS race to move into sole possession of 17th place on this list, breaking his tie with Butch Miller.

With his 104th career CWTS start, James Buescher moved into a tie with Chad McCumbee for the 33rd most in series history.  Just behind Buescher is Norm Benning with 103 CWTS starts, breaking his tie with Bobby Hamilton to move into sole possession of 35th place.


With the 61st fruitless start of his career, Miguel Paludo broke his tie with Johnny Chapman and Tony Roper and moved into a tie with Rob Morgan for the 20th most career CWTS starts without a single victory in the series.

Tracy Hines returned to the CWTS in the Inaugural Midsummer Classic to move into a tie with Bill Sedgwick and Chase Montgomery with 53 career starts without a victory, good for a tie for 31st place on our 0-fer list.


In his foray into the CWTS this week, Austin Dillon pulled off the victory and made a milestone move, increasing his career winning percentage to .0943 (5/53), moving him past Ted Musgrave, Scott Riggs and Jack Sprague with the tenth highest winning percentage in series history.

By not winning the Inaugural Midsummer Classic, Joey Coulter saw his career winning percentage drop to .0175 (1/57), which moves him out of a tie with Jason Leffler and down to 38th place on this list.