TOP 30 DRIVERS

SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500:PHOENIX

 

1. RYAN NEWMAN #39

2. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

3. GREG BIFFLE #16

4. DENNY HAMLIN #11

5. KEVIN HARVICK #29

6. MARK MARTIN #55

7. JEFF GORDON #24

8. KYLE BUSCH #18 

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

10. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

11. CARL EDWARDS #99

12. JOEY LOGANO #22

13. CLINT BOWYER #15

14. MATT KENSETH #20

15. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

16. TONY STEWART #14

17. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #51

18. KURT BUSCH #78

19. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

20. MARTIN TRUEX #56

21. KASEY KAHNE #5

22. PAUL MENARD #27

23. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

24. BOBBY LABONTE #47

25. DANICA PATRICK #10

26. JEFF BURTON #31

27. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

28. DAVID REUTIMANN #83   

29. CASEY MEARS #13

30. RICKY STENHOUSE #17

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DAYTONA

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DAYTONA

1. PENSKE RACING

2. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

3. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

4. STEWART HAAS RACING

5. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

6. JOE GIBBS RACING

7. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

8. JTG/DAUGHERTY RACING

9. FURNITURE ROW RACING

10. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

One race into the season Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing.start strong in the Top 3. #4 we find Stewart Haas Racing and #5 Roush Fenway Racing. Joe Gibbs Racing and  Richard Petty Motorsports sit outside the Top 5, JGR probably won’t be out of the Top 5 for very long. JTG/Daughtery Racing and Furniture Row Racing surprise many with debuts at#8 and  #9. is off to a good start with a new driver. Richard Childress Racing is off to a rough start at #10.

Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix.

TOP 10 DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

1. RYAN NEWMAN #39

2. KEVIN HARVICK #29

3. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

4. JEFF GORDON #24

5. TONY STEWART #14

6. DENNY HAMLIN #11

7. GREG BIFFLE #16

8. CARL EDWARDS #99

9. KYLE BUSCH #18

10. CLINT BOWYER #15

 

Top 10 drivers on Flat tracks, Wednesday we rank the Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix Int Speedway.   

PHOENIX FRESH FIT 500

SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

March 3rd, 3:00 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

1 MILE, TURNS 1&2 12 DEGREES, TURNS 3&4 10 DEGREES of BANKING

What a place to for the first flat-track race of the year: a 1 mile flat-track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise around.” Most drivers have a good set-up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise in between both, and some drivers are simply trying to find any set-up that gets them fast and keeps them off the wall. No matter what your strategy is, this track can be very, very tough. Rookies typically struggle here. This will be the fourth race run on this new configuration, it has been slightly re-banked and widened with the backstretch increased.  From 1988 to 2002 Ford won eleven of the fifteen races, since then Chevrolet has won 14 out of 18 races and eight of those wins were Hendrick Motorsports. Regardless, after all the hoopla that surrounds Daytona, it will be good to get back to good ol’ flat track racing.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers on a flat track.

TOP 5 DRIVERS

Top 5 Drivers to Watch:Daytona 500

 

My #5 driver won the 400 mile race here in 2008, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 16 starts, one win and six Top 5’s. Kyle is not really known as a restrictor plate driver but he did show his skills here yesterday by winning the second Budweiser Duel race. That win lets him start 4th.

 

My #4 pick is a driver who won his first Sprint Cup race here in 2003, #16 Greg Biffle. Greg is my #4 rated restrictor plate driver and did very well in the Duel Race yesterday. Greg started 14th and finished 2nd and should be able to keep this momentum going on Sunday. Greg is confident because he has 16 starts, one win and six Top 5’s. In fact one of those Top 5’s was last year when he finished 3rd.

 

My #3 driver to watch has done better here in July than he has done in February, #5 Kasey Kahne. Kasey has 18 starts, no wins and two Top 5 finishes. Kasey’s only two Top 5’s came here in July in 2010 and 2011. Things are turning around in February for Kasey as he qualified 6th and finished in 2nd place in his Duel race.

 

The #2 driver is a two-time winner here at Daytona, #29 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 23 starts, with wins in the 500 in 2007 and in July’s 400 mile race in 2009. He also won the non-points’ race here last Saturday, the Sprint Unlimited. Four of his last six points’ races were Top 10 finishes. Kevin is my #5 rated driver on restrictor plate tracks and he will start in 3RD place.

 

My #1 pick is a two-time former-winner, #17 Matt Kenseth. Matt has 26 starts, two wins, and seven Top 5’s. Matt also has a new ride this year. He has moved to Joe Gibbs Racing and traded his Ford for

a Toyota. Any question he might have trouble with the transition was dispelled yesterday when Matt finished 5th in his Duel race. Matt is the defending Champion of this race and in fact has three straight Top 5’s here at Daytona. Matt also has the #1 Best Average Finish here.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS:DAYTONA

DAYTONA 500 from DAYTONA

 

1. MATT KENSETH #20

2. KEVIN HARVICK #29

3. KASEY KAHNE #5

4. GREG BIFFLE #16

5. KYLE BUSCH #18

6. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

7. PAUL MENARD #27

8. CLINT BOWYER #15

9. CARL EDWARDS #99

10. TONY STEWART #14

11. JEFF BURTON #31

12. JEFF GORDON #24

13. JOEY LOGANO #22

14. DENNY HAMLIN #11

15. MARK MARTIN #55

16. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

17. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

18. KURT BUSCH #78

19. BOBBY LABONTE #47

20. MARTIN TRUEX #56

21. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

22. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

23. RYAN NEWMAN #39

24. DAVID GILLILAND #38

25. DAVID REUTIMANN #93

26. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

27. DAVID RAGAN #34

28. CASEY MEARS #13

29. TREVOR BAYNE #21

30. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

 

 

 

TOP 10 DRIVERS ON RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS

TOP 10: RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS

1. CLINT BOWYER #15

2. CARL EDWARDS #99

3. DALE EARNHARDT Jr. #88

4. GREG BIFFLE #16

5. KEVIN HARVICK #29

6.  JEFF BURTON #31

7. PAUL MENARD #27

8. MATT KENSETH #20

9. KASEY KAHNE #5

10.  JOEY LOGANO #22

Top drivers 10 on Restrictor Plate tracks, Thursday Feb 21 look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s DAYTONA 500 from Daytona Int Speedway.  

Top 10 Teams Pre Season

TOP 10 TEAMS PRE SEASON 2013

1. JOE GIBBS RACING

2. PENSKE RACING

3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

4. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

5. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

 

6. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

7. FURNITURE ROW RACING

8. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

9. STEWART HAAS RACING

10. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

 

For the pre season rankings we go off of last years results and who looked good all season long and who looked good toward the end of the season. Based on that criteria it comes as a bit of a surprise that HMS sits at #3. Based on last year they had one consistently great driver and three who lost focus at the end of the season. Really they could be #1 or #2 very soon.

Thursday look for our Top 30 Drivers for the Daytona 500.

RACE PREVIEW

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DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Feb 24th, 1:00 PM EST, FOX TV

2.5 MILES, 31 Degrees of Banking

Big banking and big stakes make this race different than any other. Last year’s winner, Matt Kenseth, received over 1.5 million dollars and nearly universal recognition: not a bad payday. On Sunday 43 drivers will hit the steep 31 degree banking of the Daytona International Speedway. After three months off, many days of practice, the Sprint Unlimited race, the  Budweiser Duel races and a brand new generation 6 race car, it’s time to start the 2013 season for real. Forty-five drivers tried very hard to make this race and three drivers will be sitting in the stands on race day. With Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon in the front, and their teammates doing well, I think you can say Chevrolet cars in general and the Hendrick Motorsports motors in particular hold some advantage. 14 drivers that have won a points’ race here will be in the field, 15 if Michael Waltrip makes the field. During the Sprint Unlimited race we saw no sign of  the two-car “push draft” that has become a big part of restrictor place racing. Because of rule changes and the use of a restrictor plate we don’t know exactly what we’ll see, but we will get a hint Thursday during the Budweiser Duel races. We’ll be hoping we don’t see “the big one” – a major wreck that takes out most of the field. Two years ago Trevor Bayne burst on the scene and became instantly known in just his second Sprint Cup start, will we see another dramatic finish like that? We’ll know on Sunday!

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Teams in advance of the Daytona 500.

TOP 30 PRE SEASON DRIVER RANKINGS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS PRE SEASON 2013

 

 

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

2. CARL EDWARDS #99

3. MATT KENSETH #20

4. KYLE BUSCH #18

5. DENNY HAMLIN #11

6. JEFF GORDON #24

7. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

8. CLINT BOWYER #15

9. KEVIN HARVICK #29

10. TONY STEWART #14

11. GREG BIFFLE #16

12. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

13. KASEY KAHNE #5

14. RYAN NEWMAN #39

15. MARTIN TRUEX #56

16. JOEY LOGANO #22

17. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

18. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

19.  JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

20. JEFF BURTON #31

21. PAUL MENARD #27

22. DAVID RAGAN #34

23. DAVID REUTIMANN #93

24. MARK MARTIN #55

25. KURT BUSCH #78

26. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

27. BOBBY LABONTE #47

28. CASEY MEARS #13

29. TRAVIS KVAPIL #93

30. DAVID GILLILAND #38