— Ryan Blaney (pictured, previously unranked) scored his second win of the season last Sunday at Michigan. In the last five races, Blaney has finished in the top five in all but one event (14th at Watkins Glen). He’s riding consecutive second- and first-place finishes into Daytona this weekend.
— Kyle Busch (-1) finished seventh at Michigan after winning the second stage of the race. Busch has two top-five finishes and three top 10s in the last five races, which is the same as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, but Busch’s average finish over those events is slightly worse (14) compared to Hamlin’s (11.2).