TOP 30 DRIVERS:DOVER

FEDEX AUTISM SPEAKS 400:DOVER

 

1. MATT KENSETH #17

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

3. CARL EDWARDS #99

4. KYLE BUSCH #18

5. GREG BIFFLE #16

6. KEVIN HARVICK #29

7. KURT BUSCH #51

8. MARK MARTIN #55

9. JEFF BURTON #31

10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

11. CLINT BOWYER #15

12. TONY STEWART #14

13. KASEY KAHNE #5

14. RYAN NEWMAN #39

15. JEFF GORDON #24

16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

17. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

18. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

19. PAUL MENARD #27

20. MARTIN TRUEX #56

21. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #22

22. JOEY LOGANO #20

23. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

24. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

25. DAVID REUTIMANN #10

26. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

27. CASEY MEARS #13

28. REGAN SMITH #78

29. DAVID RAGAN #34

30. BOBBY LABONTE #47

 

*STILL MUST QUALIFY

 

Here’s our Top 30 for Sunday’s race. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5 drivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Drivers by Track Type

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

1. MATT KENSETH #17

2. KEVIN HARVICK #29

3. KURT BUSCH #51

4. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

5. DENNY HAMLIN #11

6. KYLE BUSCH #18

7. CARL EDWARDS #99

8.  GREG BIFFLE #16

9. TONY STEWART #14

10. JEFF GORDON #24

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, tomorrow look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Fed EX Autism Speaks 400 from Dover Int. Speedway.

Top Ten Teams:Dover

TOP 10 TEAMS POST CHARLOTTE

1. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

2. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

3. JOE GIBBS RACING

4. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

5. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

6. STEWART HAAS RACING

7. PENSKE RACING

8. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

9. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

10. PHOENIX RACING

 

Roush/Fenway Racing remain at #1 for the 12th week in row. Hendrick Motorsports move up a place to the #2 spot. Joe Gibbs Racing slip to #3. Michael Waltrip Racing gain a place at #4. Richard Childress Racing also gain a spot at #5. Stewart/Haas Racing slide two spots down to #6. Penske Racing stay in the same place this week. Richard Petty Motorsports and Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing trade spots this week. Phoenix Racing hang on to the last spot once again.

 

These are the Top 10 Owner/Teams, Wednesday look for our Top10 drivers on intermediate tracks in advance of Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400.

RACE PREVIEW:DOVER

FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

DOVERINTSPEEDWAY

JUNE 3rd, 1PM ET on FOX TV

1 Mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

We are done with two weeks of racing in Charlotte, and it is time we visit the concrete jungle in Dover AKA the Monster Mile. I love this track! The banking is high and the site lines are amazing. Just about wherever you sit you have a great view of the track. Roush/Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports lead as dominate teams here with a combined six wins in the last ten races. At Hendrick, Jimmie Johnson has three of those wins and at Roush/Fenway we see the wins split between Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. Will one take the lead in wins or will another team win the race this year, leaving the two teams tied…for now? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top Ten teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Dover.

TOP 5 DRIVERS:CHARLOTTE

COCA-COLA 600:Charlotte Top 5 Drivers to Watch

My #5 driver won here is last year, which makes him the defending champion of this race, #29 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 22 starts here, that win last year, and three total Top 5’s. Those stats may not be the best, but my research shows that he is just getting better and better here. Kevin is also my #2 ranked driver on tracks like this.

My #4 driver to watch has actually struggled here, #11 Denny Hamlin. But, Denny comes in more confident because he is the #2 hottest driver over the last six weeks and sits 4th in points. Denny has 13 starts, 0 wins, and 1 Top 5 finish.

My #3 pick is a former winner here, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Yeah, he’s a former winner alright…a six-time former winner! Six wins in 21 starts plus ten of those were Top 5’s. And of course he has won three All Star races here including the one last Saturday night.

My #2 pick has never won here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle knows how to race fast here; he just has trouble finishing well. He’s hoping this is the year he races fast and smart and gets to the finish line first. He has 15 starts and six Top 5’s.

The #1 pick is a wily vet who sits #2 in the points, #17 Matt Kenseth. Matt is not only 2nd in points but is also a two-time former winner here. Matt is the most recent winner in Charlotte, getting a win in October of last year. Matt has those two wins in his 25 starts and seven Top 5 finishes. Matt is also the #1 ranked driver on tracks like this.

Monday look for our preview of the FED EX 400 from Dover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS:CHARLOTTE

COCA-COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

 

1. MATT KENSETH #17

2. KYLE BUSCH #18

3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

4. DENNY HAMLIN #11

5. KEVIN HARVICK #29

6. GREG BIFFLE #16

7. JOEY LOGANO #20

8. KASEY KAHNE #5

9. TONY STEWART #14

10. CARL EDWARDS #99

11. CLINT BOWYER #15

12. RYAN NEWMAN #39

13. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

14. JEFF GORDON #24

15. MARTIN TRUEX #56

16. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #22

17. MARK MARTIN #55

18. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

19. KURT BUSCH #51

20. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

21. REGAN SMITH #78

22. PAUL MENARD #27

23. JEFF BURTON #31

24. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

25. DAVID RAGAN #34

26. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

27. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

28. BOBBY LABONTE #47

29. CASEY MEARS #13

30. DAVID GILLILAND #38

 

*STILL MUST QUALIFY

 

These are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Coca-Cola (World) 600. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

Top Ten Drivers by Track Type

TOP 10 DRIVERS: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

1. MATT KENSETH #17

2. KEVIN HARVICK #29

3. KURT BUSCH #51

4. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

5. KYLE BUSCH #18

6. CARL EDWARDS #99

7. DENNY HAMLIN #11

8. TONY STEWART #14

9. GREG BIFFLE #16

10. JEFF GORDON #24

Top 10 on Intermediate tracks, tomorrow look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway, right after qualifying.

TOP TEN TEAMS:CHARLOTTE

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DARLINGTON

1. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

2. JOE GIBBS RACING

3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

4. STEWART HAAS RACING

5. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

 

6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

7. PENSKE RACING

8. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

9. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

10. PHOENIX RACING

Our top five remain the same this week. Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing trade places.  Richard Petty Motorsports and Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing also trade spots. Phoenis Racing hang on to the last spot once again.

 

These are the Top 10 Owner/Teams, Wednesday look for our Top10 drivers on intermediate tracks.

COCA COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

COCA COLA (WORLD) 600

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MAY 27th, 7PM ET on FOX TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

 

This is NASCAR’s longest night at 400 laps and 600 miles. #48 Jimmie Johnson has raced here 21 times, in points races, winning six of those times and finishing in the Top 5 just under half of the time! His owner Hendrick Motorsports has won eight points races in the last ten years at this track. This race is always very interesting not only because of its long 600 mile length – the longest of all the races – but also because it starts in the late afternoon and ends in the cooler night time. This is a definite challenge for the crew chiefs who have constantly changing track conditions. Drivers and crew chiefs had a chance to experience how this track feels during the All Star Race. Two years ago Kurt Busch won the All Star race and came back to win the 600, #48 Jimmie Johnson won the All Star race Saturday and you know he hopes to come back be a winner again this Saturday night. Can he? We’ll find out on Sunday.

 

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Owner/Teams.

SPRINT ALL STAR RACE & SPRINT SHOWDOWN

SPRINT ALL STAR RACE & SPRINT SHOWDOWN

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MAY 19, 7PM ET on SPEED TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

NASCAR’s All Star evening. Since we see the best 43 drivers every week why have an All Star evening? Because it is a throwback to old school: Saturday Night heat racing, where most of these drivers came from, done on an incredibly massive scale. First up on Saturday night we’ll see the Sprint Showdown, a race for all drivers who do not qualify for the following race, the Sprint All Star Race. (In other words the Sprint Showdown is for drivers who are in the top 50 in points that are not eligible for the Sprint All Star Race.) The Sprint Showdown will be run in two segments: Both 20 laps. The winner and 2nd place finisher will advance to the Sprint All Star Race along with a driver voted on by the fans. Along with the three drivers from the Sprint Showdown, the Sprint All Star Race is made up of drivers who won a race in 2011, drivers who have won so far in 2012, past winners of this race from the last 10 years, and past NASCAR Cup champions. The race will be run in four 20 laps segments and a final ten lap segment. The winners of each segment will be positioned 1-4 before the pit stop right before the final segment. The last 10 laps will be a crazy dash for cash. I have seen drivers do things on the track in this race they would never do in a points’ race. So why race at all? For the prestige of winning, for a piece of the over $3 million purse-($1 million to the winner) and because that’s what NASCAR drivers do: race to win and race just for the sake of racin’.

Tuesday look for our top team rankings.