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5 Drivers who Dominate at Short Tracks

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Earlier, we at the Daily Downforce looked at drivers who tend to struggle at short tracks. However, there are also plenty of NASCAR drivers who dominate on short tracks. Here are the five current drivers who are the best on short tracks.

Kyle Larson

By the Numbers: 48 Races; 14.0 avg. finish; 12 top 5s; 22 top 10s; 1,491 laps led

Breakdown: Ever since his move to Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Larson has been stellar at short tracks. He has had three wins since 2021 at short tracks, and has a top five streak of four as well. Plus he has won both of the short track races so far this season.

Kevin Harvick

By the Numbers: 130 Races; 12.5 avg. finish; 8 wins; 37 top 5s; 72 top 10s; 3,092 laps led

Breakdown: Kevin Harvick always finds a way to be in the mix at short tracks. “Happy Harvick” has won eight times on short tracks, including winning his second of two races in a row at Richmond last season. This coming a week after he ended his long winless streak by winning at Michigan, and it was also Harvick’s 60th career win

Joey Logano

By the Numbers: 83 Races; 12.2 avg. finish; 5 wins; 28 top 5s; 44 top 10s; 2,540 laps led

Breakdown: Logano is someone to always watch out for when the Cup Series races at a short track. His best moment on a short track came at Martinsville in 2018, when he bumped Martin Truex Jr out of the way, allowing Logano to get into the Championship 4. Logano would go on to win the Cup Series Championship in 2018.

Denny Hamlin

By the Numbers: 100 Races; 11.1 avg. finish; 11 Wins; 44 top 5s; 61 top 10s; 5,326 laps led

Breakdown: When there is a short track challenge race named after you, you have to be pretty good at short track racing. Hamlin has the second most wins of any active driver on short tracks, and he is always a factor at any short track race. Hamlin has had his share of wins and scuffles on short tracks, but that aggressiveness pays off more often than not.

Kyle Busch

By the Numbers: 104 races; 11.1 avg. Finish; 16 wins; 49 top 5s; 67 top 10s; 5,551 laps led

Breakdown: Sure, it has been a while since Kyle Busch won on a short track (Bristol in the spring of 2019), but Busch has the most wins, top 5s, top 10s, and laps led of any active driver on short tracks. Kyle Busch has swept the tripleheader weekend at Bristol…twice. He also famously won the first Car of Tomorrow race at Bristol in the spring of 2007, and he let his candid thoughts out on the car as well.

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