The top three in the standings, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott have all won this season, begging the question, ‘Who’s next?‘
The first driver that quickly comes to mind is Trevor Bayne. Roush Fenway Racing’s hottest NNS driver is fourth in the standings, just 27-points behind standings leader Regan Smith. Bayne heads to Michigan riding the momentum of his second-place finish (best of 2014) at Dover International Speedway and his 10th top-10 finish of the season two weeks ago.
The 23-year old straps into his Ford Mustang this weekend having made four previous starts at Michigan, posting two top fives and an average finish of 12.8. Don’t be surprised if Bayne is smiling extra big at the track this weekend, he just celebrated his one year anniversary to his wife, Ashton, while the series was on break this past weekend. This time of year has been fruitful for Bayne; he won at Iowa on June 9 last season. Bayne has a pre-race Driver Rating of 97.1 and an Average Running Position of 9.2 at Michigan. His Roush Fenway Racing team leads the series in wins at MIS with five.
Not far behind Bayne is Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate came into the series with a mountain of expectations, driving the famed No. 3 car that brought his brother Austin a championship last season. He is fifth in the standings, 34 points behind leader Regan Smith. Dillon has posted one Coors Light Pole (Las Vegas), nine top-10 finishes and an average finish of 9.7 this season. This will be Dillon’s series debut at Michigan, though he has been successful in the NCWTS at the two-mile track, posting an average finish of 4.5 in two truck starts.