TOP 10 TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST INDIANAPOLIS

1. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

2. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

3. STEWART HAAS RACING

4. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

5. JOE GIBBS RACING

6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

7. PENSKE RACING

8. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

9. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

10. JTG/DAUGHERTY RACING

 

After Indianapolis the top three spots stay the same. SHR goes to #2 and JGR stays at #3.HMS slids back two places to #4. Michael Waltrip Racing who weren’t even in the top 10 this time last year go from #6-#4. That drops Joe Gibbs Racing back a spot to #5 and  RCR from #5 to #6. Team Penske stays at #7. RPM trades places with EGR this week. Lastly JTG/Daugherty Racing stay in the top 10 at #10 this week.

 

These are the Top 10 Owner/Teams, Wednesday look for our Top10 drivers on flat tracks in advance of the Pennsylvania 400 from Pocano Raceway.

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RACE PREVIEW:POCANO

POCANO RACEWAY

PENNSYLVANIA 400

2.5 MILES

BANKING Turn 1 14 degrees, Turn 2, 8 degrees, Turn 3, 6 Degrees

Aug 5th, 1:00PM ET on ESPN TV

Is this a road course, a flat track, or a tri-oval? How about all of the above? Only 3 turns, yet each one is banked slightly differently. When you attend this race in this spectacular part of the country it is like watching a road course because you can’t really see every turn on the track. 500 miles and the longest straightaway on the circuit means it is a battle of horsepower and endurance: Endurance of the driver in the heat and of the motor over what is now 400 miles. In 2004 we saw Hendrick sweep both wins and in 2005 it was a Roush sweep. In 2006 Denny Hamlin swept both for Joe Gibbs Racing. Since then nine different drivers have picked up wins here. Joe Gibbs racing has the most wins in the last ten years, with six including Joey Logano’s win in June. Hendrick Motorsports and Roush/Fenway are just behind with four wins each in the last ten years. Can Joe Gibbs Racing and Joey Logano make it a sweep this year? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our top 10 teams. Thursday we rank the top 30 drivers for Sunday’s race.

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH

BRICKYARD 400 at the INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

 

My #5 pick is #11 in points right now and out of The Chase, #99 Carl Edwards. Carl has seven starts, no wins and only one Top 5 finish. While Carl has never dominated here he finishes consistently well. Six out of seven races have been Top 15’s for him. Since he has a new crew chief and needs to get into the Top 10 in points, there is no time like now and no place like here to make that move.

 

The #4 driver to watch is the winning-est driver here, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has 18 starts, four wins and ten Top 5’s. Jeff drives a Chevy which has won here the last nine years in a row and GM has won 14 of the 18 races run here. Jeff, who is facing the prospect of missing The Chase this year, comes in the 5th hottest driver over the last 6 weeks, and rated #2 on flat tracks.

 

My #3 pick is the #1-rated flat track driver, #48 Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie has ten starts here and three wins. Three out of ten is pretty strong! The funny thing is, he has three other finishes 36 or worse. If his car is running at the end of the race he’ll surely be in the Top 5.

 

My #2 pick has four straight Top 10 finishes at the Brickyard, #16 Greg Biffle. Greg has nine starts and just two Top 5’s but both of those Top 5’s came in the last three years, his 3M Fusion is just getting better here.

 

My #1 pick is an Indiana native and current resident, #14 Tony Stewart. Tony comes in pretty confident because in his 13 Brickyard starts he has two wins and six Top 5’s. A major reason Tony has the highest average finish here is because this is a summer race and summertime is Tony’s time to shine and usually when his season starts to heat up.

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Pennsylvania 400 from Pocano Raceway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS:INDIANAPOLIS

BRICKYARD 400 AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

1. TONY STEWART #14

2. GREG BIFFLE #16

3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

4. JEFF GORDON #24

5. CARL EDWARDS #99

6. KEVIN HARVICK #29

7. MATT KENSETH #17

8. CLINT BOWYER #15

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

10. KASEY KAHNE #5

11. MARK MARTIN #55

12. RYAN NEWMAN #39

13. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

14. JOEY LOGANO #20

15. DENNY HAMLIN #11

16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

17. KYLE BUSCH #18

18. JEFF BURTON #31

19. MARTIN TRUEX #56

20. PAUL MENARD #27

21. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

22. BOBBY LABONTE #47

23. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

24. KURT BUSCH #51

25. DAVID RAGAN #34

26. CASEY MEARS #13

27. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

28. DAVID REUTIMANN #10

29. REGAN SMITH #78

30. SAM HORNISH #22

 

*STILL MUST QUALIFY

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 10 by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: FLAT TRACKS

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

2. JEFF GORDON #24

3. KEVIN HARVICK #29

4. RYAN NEWMAN #39

5. DENNY HAMLIN #11

6. TONY STEWART #14

7. GREG BIFFLE #16

8. CLINT BOWYER #15

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

10. CARL EDWARDS #99

 

Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

 

 

 

TOP 10 TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST NEW HAMPSHIRE

1. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

2. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

3. STEWART HAAS RACING

4. JOE GIBBS RACING

5. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

 

6. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

7. PENSKE RACING

8. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

9. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

10. JTG/DAUGHERTY RACING

 

Hendrick Motorsports stays at #1 this week for the third week. Roush/Fenway Racing stay at #2 and Stewart/Haas remain at #3. The only change in the top 5 is a swap of places between JGR and RCR. MWR hold fast at #6. Team Penske make a rebound and move up two places to #7.  EGR stays at #8. RPM make a big drop going from #7 to #9. Lastly JTG/Daugherty Racing stay in the top 10 at #10 this week.

 

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

RACE PREVIEW:INDIANAPOLIS

BRICKYARD 400

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

JULY 29th, 1PM ET on ESPN TV

2.5 MILES 9 Degrees of Banking

Races have taken place here since 1911 -everything from automobiles to hot air balloons- but it was a momentous occasion in 1993 when NASCAR went and tested here. It was an even bigger moment in 1994 when they dropped the green flag at the Brickyard 400. It was very interesting to say the least to see stock cars on the track, where every Memorial Day since I can remember, I watched the best open wheel drivers in the world compete. They may not go as fast as the open wheel cars but they are every bit as impressive. 2.5 miles in stock car racing is a LONG way and when you have two very long straight-aways followed by turns, you HAVE to get whoa’ed up because you have very little banking in the turns. This is a big track that makes tempers very short. In 17 races Chevrolet or GM cars have won 13. Jeff Gordon has four of those and his teammate Jimmie Johnson has three. Dodge hasn’t found Victory Lane since 2002, Ford since 1999, Toyota has never won here. Can Chevy make it 10 straight? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday July 24th look for our top 10 Teams in advance of the Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis.