It’s been a great start to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for all three of the series’ manufacturers. After four races so far, each of the three manufacturers have won a race already, and each of the three have a driver in the top four of the Cup points standings as he head to race No. 5 at the Auto Club Speedway this weekend.
At the start though, it appeared that maybe Fords were going to run away with this thing as Ford drivers won the first two races. Check that, Fords dominated the first two races.
At Daytona, Fords led 76 of the 200 laps and took home the top two finishers in the Daytona 500 as well as three cars in the top four and four in the top six.
Then, at Atlanta, Fords led 313 of the 325 laps and took home the win again.
Combined, they had led 389 of the 525 laps (74-percent) in 2017 and took both victories. But, in the two races since, they’ve led 177 of the 581 total laps (30-percent) and didn’t make it to victory lane in either. Overall, Ford drivers have led 566 total laps on the season so far (51-percent).
The last two races have seen Chevrolet and Toyota close the gap as each have one in the last two weeks. Chevrolet has led 286 laps on the season and Toyota 284.
If you look at the 2017 lap leaders, a Ford driver (Kevin Harvick) has led the most, but a Chevrolet driver (Chase Elliott) and a Toyota driver (Martin Truex Jr.) are second and third respectively. Then, another Toyota driver (Kyle Busch) is fourth and a Ford driver in (Brad Keselowski) rounds out the top five in fifth.
Wins are even a dime a dozen. We’ve had four different races on four different types of tracks so far, and we’ve seen four different winners. With how things are going and how strong some drivers are at the next track in Fontana, I can see that pushing to five different winners in five races to start the 2017 season off.
This is good for NASCAR because the parity among the three manufacturers is there right now.