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.

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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.