Miami winners and losers – NASCAR Talk

Miami winners and losers - NASCAR Talk

WINNERS

Parity – Three different winners in the first three races in Cup and Xfinity. Sunday’s Cup race saw seven different teams place a car in the top 10, including a team that had never done it before on a 1.5-mile track. It remains to be seen if this continues, but the start of the year has certainly been interesting.

Rudy Fugle – The team manager takes his first Cup victory in his third race with William Byron. This is important in many ways for the team leader who took over after Chad Knaus was promoted to a managerial position at Hendrick Motorsports. Having worked with Byron in the Truck series was essential for Fugle. He said: “I knew how to push (Byron’s) buttons, I knew how to motivate him, and it saved me time to learn these Cup cars that I don’t know yet.”

Front Row Motorsports – Never before has this team scored a top 10 on a 1.5 mile track. Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell clinched sixth place on Sunday. McDowell is one of two drivers to open the season with three consecutive top 10s. He had four top 10s last season. “We definitely went where we thought we would be, especially over the mile and a half,” McDowell said. “These places, especially these slippery places, are really tough for small teams.”

Kevin Harvick – With his fifth place finish, he joins Michael McDowell as the only drivers to open the season with the top 10 in each of the first three races.

Tyler Reddick – He entered Miami…

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