|Martin Truex Jr. has been the best on 1.5-mile tracks in 2017.|
It certainly has been an unusual season as we slowly get used to not seeing names like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards on the final results sheet, but we're seeing new drivers step up and handle themselves well against the old guard. So far we've had 11 different winners in the first 17 races, including three drivers who captured the first Cup wins of their careers.
Last week at Daytona, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won for the second time in his four year career. His first win came eight weeks ago at Talladega. That Daytona win paid out at 20/1 odds, a low price showing just how respected he is in Las Vegas. He's turned the corner of his career and is no longer just Danica Patrick's boyfriend. It's also nice to see Roush Fenway Racing matter again.
Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is still showing the kids how it's done as he leads the series with three wins. Right under him is four drivers each with two wins, including Brad Keselowski who has won three of the six races held on Kentucky's 1.5-mile layout. He won in 2012, 2014 and also last season which was the first race after Kentucky repaved the track and slightly reconfigured turns one and two.