Looking ahead and looking back

With the NASCAR Cup Series taking a week off, here’s a reflect on the very first 7 races of the season and an expect the next 5 races beginning with Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville

Martinsville

Where: Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile oval in Martinsville, Virginia
When: Sat., April 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TELEVISION: FS1
Radio: MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Looking ahead

Who do the statistics prefer in the next 5 races?

Martinsville
Safeguarding race winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Finest typical surfaces given that 2019: Brad Keselowski (2.8), Ryan Blaney (3.2), Kurt Busch (8.0) and Martin Truex Jr. (8.0)
Active winners: Denny Hamlin (5), Brad Keselowski (2), Martin Truex Jr. (2), Kurt Busch (2), Kyle Busch (2), Kevin Harvick (1), Joey Logano (1), Chase Elliott (1) and Ryan Newman (1)

Richmond
Safeguarding race winner: Spring race was not run due to COVID-19 pandemic; Brad Keselowski is the most current winner here
Finest typical surfaces given that 2019: Martin Truex Jr. (1.3), Brad Keselowski (4.0), Joey Logano (5.3) and Kyle Busch (5.3)
Active winners: Kyle Busch (6), Kevin Harvick (3), Denny Hamlin (3), Brad Keselowski (2), Martin Truex Jr. (2), Kurt Busch (2), Joey Logano (2), Kyle Larson (1) and Ryan Newman (1)

Talladega
Safeguarding race winner: Ryan Blaney
Finest typical surfaces given that 2019: Ryan Newman (9.8), Ryan Blaney (10.5), Ty Dillon (10.5) and Denny Hamlin (11.0)
Active winners: Brad Keselowski (5), Joey Logano (3), Denny Hamlin (2), Ryan Blaney (2), Kevin Harvick (1), Chase Elliott (1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1), Kyle Busch (1) and Aric Almirola (1)

Kansas
Safeguarding race winner: Denny Hamlin
Finest typical surfaces given that 2019: Alex Bowman (6.0), Chase Elliott (6.0), Brad Keselowski (6.5) and Kevin Harvick (7.0)
Active winners: Kevin Harvick (3), Denny Hamlin (3), Joey Logano (3), Brad Keselowski (2), Martin Truex Jr. (2), Chase Elliott (1), Kyle Busch (1) and Ryan Newman (1)

Darlington
Safeguarding race winner: Kevin Harvick
Finest typical surfaces given that 2019: Kyle Larson (2.0; just 1 start), Kevin Harvick (2.2), Erik Jones (4.5), Brad Keselowski (8.2) and Kurt Busch (8.2)
Active winners: Kevin Harvick (3), Denny Hamlin (3), Erik Jones (1), Brad Keselowski (1), Martin Truex Jr. (1) and Kyle Busch (1)

7 races, 7 winners

James Gilbert | Getty Images

James Gilbert | Getty Images

Wrap-up the very first 7 races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

• Michael McDowell makes initially win in the Daytona 500 | See replay
• Christopher Bell wins on Daytona Roadway Course for very first Cup win | See replay
• William Byron wins at Homestead-Miami | See replay
• Kyle Larson gets initially win with Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas | See replay
• Martin Truex Jr. makes triumph at Phoenix | See replay
• Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Larson in closing laps for win at Atlanta | See replay
• Joey Logano wins very first race on Bristol dirt | See replay

We’re discussing playoffs

It’s never ever prematurely. An expect the postseason.

• Betting chances for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion | See the chances
• Playoff Watch: How the postseason takes care of 7 races | Find out more

Capture the pack

Check Out all the headings from the week. ⬇️

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.