RACE DR on the RADIO

RACE DR ON THE RADIO

Check out the RACE DR throughout the year on SIRIUS-XM NASCAR RADIO CH 90. The favorite haunt of the Race DR. is Mojo Nixon’s Manifold Destiny on Monday nights usually in the 11PM hour, Charlotte time. Check out the Race DR as he gives his picks for the upcoming race inside the Mojo Dojo.

 

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PRESEASON TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS PRESEASON 2019

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  21. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  22. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  23. DAVID RAGAN #34
  24. TY DILLION #13
  25. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #38
  26. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  27. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  28. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  29. RYAN PREECE #47
  30. LANDON CASSILL #00

This is the first installment of our preseason Top 30 drivers. On Monday, January 21st look for our next update.

 

 

TOP TEN TEAMS PRE SEASON 2019

TOP 10 TEAMS PRE SEASON 2019

  1. TEAM PENSKE (Last Year #2)
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING (Last Year #4)
  3. STEWART HAAS RACING (Last Year #1)
  4. CHIP GANASSI RACING (Last Year #7)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (Last Year #5)

 

  1. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (Last Year #8)
  2. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (Last Year #10)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (Last Year #6)
  4. GERMAIN RACING (Last Year #11)
  5. JTG RACING (Last Year #9)

 

For the pre season rankings we go off of last year’s results; who looked good all season long and who looked good toward the end of the season. Team Penske sitting at #1 had all three drivers in their lineup in the playoffs last year, all three finished Top 10 in points and all three drivers won races last year. Six of the teams in the Top Ten had drivers changes at the end of 2018. Team Penske is one of the four who keep their lineup intact, another reason they are in the top spot not #2 where they ended the year. Joe Gibbs Racing is #2,  up two places from the end of last year. Yes they lost driver Daniel Suarez but they did gain Martin Truex. Stewart Haas Racing ended the year at #1 but they have a reshuffled driver line up again this year. Kurt Busch is gone, it appears that Daniel Suarez will be in the #41 so they still look strong at #3. At #4 we find Chip Ganassi Racing. They ended the year at #7. Jamie McMurray is out of the #1 car and Kurt Busch is in. The combo of past champion Kurt Busch with probable future champion Kyle Larson moves them up three places. Hendrick Motorsports sit at #5 just where they ended last year. They should show improvement, how much though is unknown. Wood Brothers Racing are the only single car operation in the Top 6. They move up two places mainly because driver Paul Menard, who was new to this team last year, showed marked improvement in his last ten races compared to the first ten races with the team. Roush Fenway Racing finished last year at #10. We have them up three spots at #7 this year mainly due to the fact that the #6 car last year had two drivers sharing duties that led to less than great results. This year we see veteran Ryan Newman who came over from Richard Childress Racing where he finished the year at #17 seven places above the where the #6 finished the year. Look for improvement in the #6 car. Richard Childress Racing ended the year at #6 but we have them ranked at #8 to start the year. That is based mainly on the loss of Ryan Newman. Ryan will be replaced by rookie Daniel Hemric. Daniel is a very promising but he is still a rookie and very hard to accurately access his strengths. Germain Racing ended the year just out of our Top 10 but start the year at #9 partly based on the fact that the relationship between Germain and Richard Childress Racing is getting even closer. Germain starts the year moving their operations to Welcome NC, home of RCR. Lastly we have JTG Racing at #10. They ended their year at #9 but they did lose veteran driver A. J. Allmendinger and gained rookie Ryan Preece. Like Daniel Hemric it is hard to predict how a rookie will do,but also like Daniel, Ryan’s future looks bright

 

Next Monday, January 14th, look for the start of our Pre Season Top 30 drivers.

TOP TEN TEAMS 2018

 

TOP TEN TEAMS 2018

 

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #4)
  3. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #2)
  4. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #2)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)
  6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #6)
  7. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #7)
  8. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #8)
  9. JTG RACING (LW #9)
  10. ROUSH FENWAY RACING(LW #10)

 

It may come as a surprise that this year’s #1 ranked team does not have our 2018 Monster Energy Cup winner. Our #1 ranking goes Stewart Haas Racing who saw all four of their drivers visit Victory Lane this year. Four drivers that got 12 win’s for the team! They also took the highest number of drivers to the Playoffs with four.  Our #2 team is Team Penske who took all three of their drivers into the Playoffs with a combined seven wins including three from 2018 Champion Joey Logano. Last year’s #1 Team Furniture Row Racing is ranked #3. One driver, Martin Truex, with four wins is pretty stout but just not as strong as last year and it will be sad to see them fade away next year. In 2019 we’ll see Martin Truex move to this year’s #4 team, Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR started the Playoffs with three drivers and one, Kyle Busch made it all the way to the Fast Final Four. Nine wins and eight of them from Kyle is strong and with Martin Truex joining next year tells me they will be the team to challenge SHR next year. Our #5 team gathered three wins this year but they all came from just one of their four drivers. Hendrick Motorsports sent two drivers into the Playoffs, seven time Champion Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott. Jimmie was winless and was eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs and Chase Elliott got three wins and made it through three rounds. Hopefully off season changes will bring better results to the team with the most Championships of any team. At #6 we find Richard Childress Racing who sent one of their two drivers to the Playoffs. Playoff driver Austin Dillon was the first driver in the field to lock into a Playoff spot getting a win in the Daytona 500. In the #7 spot we find Chip Ganassi Racing who will gain Kurt Busch next year from Stewart Haas Racing. The #8 place is the same as last week, Wood Brothers Racing and driver Paul Menard. At the #9 spot we have another team that is losing a driver, JTG Racing. JTG will lose #47 A.J. Allmendinger. He’ll give up his ride to Ryan Preece. Lastly at #10 we find Roush Fenway Racing. This is a team that saw more than their share of changes this year. Trevor Bayne started the year as sole driver of the #6 car but ended up sharing it with former Roush driver Matt Kenseth. That sharing arrangement will end as Ryan Newman will move into that ride coming from Richard Childress Racing.

 

Look for our Pre Season Top Ten Teams Monday Jan, 7th 2019.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FORD EcoBoost 400 from HOMESTEAD-MIAMI

 

My #5 pick is not in the battle for the championship, #9 Chase Elliott. He is #6 hottest over the last six weeks. He has just two starts here, he finished 5th here last year. He might be out of the Championship but he is not out of the race.

My #4 driver to watch has terrible stats here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has nine starts here with only two Top 5’s, but those Top 5’s were both 4th place finishes in 2015 and the 2016. Last year he finished 6th. He is still in the Playoff hunt. He is #5 ranked for me on tracks like this and rolls in here 2th hottest over the last six races.

The number #3 driver is the defending Monster Energy Cup Champion, #78 Martin Truex Jr. He is #7 hottest over the last six weeks. But more importantly he is #1 ranked at tracks like this. He has been killing it at all the 1-2 mile tracks all year long but he has been slightly better on the higher banked tracks. He has done well in many places he hasn’t done well before. Here he has 13 starts, a win here last year and just four Top 5 finishes (41%).

My #2 driver won here three years ago, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 13 starts, that win and three Top 5’s (23%). Kyle is #3 hottest over the last six weeks. He is also #2 rated on tracks like this. He finished second here last year and sadly even though he is coming off a win in Phoenix I look for him to come is second this year.

My #1 driver to watch has the highest percentage of Top 5’s, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 15 starts at this track, a win four years ago and nine Top 5 finishes (60%). He is #1 in average finish and in his 15 starts 14 have been Top 10’s. His last four races were all Top 5’s. He is #3 rated on tracks like this. He is also #1 hottest over the last six weeks. He has won the most races this year and when he wins this one he will be a Champion…again.

Monday look for our year end Top ten teams.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FORD 400 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  11. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  12. ERIK JONES #20
  13. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  14. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  15. MATT KENSETH #6
  16. PAUL MENARD #21
  17. RYAN BLANEY #12
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  20. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  21. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  24. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  25. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  26. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  27. REGAN SMITH #95
  28. DAVID RAGAN #38
  29. TY DILLON #13
  30. DARRELL WALLACE #43

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Ford 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST PHOENIX

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #4)
  3. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #3)
  4. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)
  6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #6)
  7. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #7)
  8. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #8)
  9. JTG RACING (LW #9)
  10. ROUSH FENWAY RACING(LW #10)

 

 

Stewart Haas Racing is at #1 for the sixth straight week. Joe Gibbs Racing get the win from #18 Kyle Busch and move up two places from #4 to #2.  Their Toyota team mates at Furniture Row Racing remain at #3. Team Penske drop two places to #4. Hendrick Motorsports stay at #5 and remain in the Top 5. They are the highest ranked non playoff team. Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, JTG Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all stay in place this week.

 

Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. RYAN BLANEY #12
  10. KURT BUSCH #41

Top 10 on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s FORD 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.