TOP 10 TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MICHIGAN

1. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

2. PENSKE RACING

3. FURNITURE ROW RACING

4. ROUSH/FENWAY RACING

5. JOE GIBBS RACING

6. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING

7. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

8. EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING

9. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS

10. STEWART HAAS RACING

 

Hendrick Motorsports stay at #1 this week for the eigth straight week. Not only does HMS stay in place, the entire Top 5 stays in place. Richard Childress Racing move up two places after a huge week in Michigan. Michael Waltrip Racing move back a spot as does Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing. The last two teams stay in place this week.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers  in advance of the Irwin Tools Night race from Bristol Motor Speedway.

TOP 10 DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SHORT TRACK

1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

2. KYLE BUSCH #18

3. KEVIN HARVICK #29

4. KURT BUSCH #78

5. CLINT BOWYER #15

6. DALE EARNHARDT JR. #88

7. RYAN NEWMAN #39

8. BRIAN VICKERS #55

9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

Top 10 drivers on Short tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Saturday’s IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE from Bristol Motor Speedway. 

RACE PREVIEW

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IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

AUGUST 24th, 7:30 ET on ABC-TV

½ MILE, 36 Degrees of Banking

Nothing gives you more drama than 43 cars on a high banked (36 degrees) short half-mile track.  Add to that the fact that drivers only have 3 chances left to lock into the Top 12 Chase for the Cup and you have all the action you need on a Saturday night. Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best places on the circuit to watch a race and when you factor in the implications of this race, it IS the hardest good race ticket to get, bar none. 164,000 lucky fans will be gathered this Saturday in Thunder Valley to watch what the track describes as “racing the way it ought’a be.” And they are right! This is racing the way it should be, especially as the regular season winds down. If there are any simmering tensions out there amongst the drivers, and there are, they may well get settled Saturday night. Tensions that do not currently exist may get established here and have to be resolved later in the season. Short track=short tempers. High banks=short tempers and high anger. This is always a fun race and with championship eligibility on the line, it makes an event not to be missed. And to add to the drama more work has been done to reduce the “progressive banking” that was added when the track was repaved making it more like the old Bristol. As Ford has won six races at Bristol in the last ten years this could be Ford’s best chance to notch another win for the year. But the last Ford win was this race in 2008. Kyle Busch has won here four times in the last nine races since that Ford/Carl Edwards win AND Brad Keselowski has won two races here. It won’t just be a Ford vs. Toyota showdown because Chevrolet’s driven by Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson have found victory lane since the last Ford win. Who will dominate?  We’ll know Saturday night.

 

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers by track type for week 23 and on Thursday we’ll rank the top 30 drivers.

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH: MICHIGAN INT SPEEDWAY

My #5 driver is coming off a win last week at Watkins Glen, #18 Kyle Busch. He has four Top 5’s and one win in 16 starts. Kyle won this August race in 2011 and finished 4th here in June. Kyle is #2 hottest driver over the last six weeks and that Toyota motor under his hood seems to just get stronger week after week.

 

My #4 pick won here in August of 2010, #29 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has that win in 25 starts and four Top 5’s. Not the best stats, but he won in 2010 and he finished second here last June.

 

My #3 pick is the most recent winner here, #16 Greg Biffle. Greg has 22 starts, four wins and 10 Top 5’s. Not only that, he won this race last year and the race in June. His four wins make him the winning-est current driver in the Motor City. Four of his last six starts here were Top 5’s.

 

The #2 driver is a two-time former-winner here, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt has those two wins in 28 starts and has 12 Top 5 finishes. Half of his last six races were Top 5’s. Those stats help give him the #3 Highest Average Finish here.  He is also ranked the #2 driver on tracks like this.

 

My #1 driver is another two-time former-winner, #99 Carl Edwards. Carl last won here in this race in 2008 and has nine total Top 5 finishes in his 18 starts at Michigan. Carl is the #1 rated driver on tracks like this and has the #1 Highest Average Finish in the Irish Hills. And it doesn’t hurt that his owner, Roush/Fenway, has the most Motor City wins

here in the last 10 years with an impressive seven wins.

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Irwin Tools Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

PURE MICHIGAN 400:MIS

 

1. CARL EDWARDS #99

2. MATT KENSETH #20

3. GREG BIFFLE #16

4. KEVIN HARVICK #29

5. KYLE BUSCH #18

6. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

7. CLINT BOWYER #15

8. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

9. MARTIN TRUEX #56

10. RYAN NEWMAN #39

11. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

12. KASEY KAHNE #5

13. JEFF GORDON #24

14. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

15. ARIC ALMIROLA #43

16. MARCOS AMBROSE #9

17. PAUL MENARD #27

18. JOEY LOGANO #22

19. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA #42

20. DENNY HAMLIN #11

21. JEFF BURTON #31

22. DAVID RAGAN #34

23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17

24. MARK MARTIN #55

25. KURT BUSCH #78

26. AUSTIN DILLON #14

27. DANICA PATRICK #10

28. BOBBY LABONTE #47

29. DAVID REUTIMANN #83

30. DAVID GILLILAND #38

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway.

TOP 10 DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

1. CARL EDWARDS #99

2. MATT KENSETH #20

3. KEVIN HARVICK #29

4. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

5. KASEY KAHNE #5

6. MARTIN TRUEX #56

7. CLINT BOWYER #15

8. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88

9. RYAN NEWMAN #39

10. KYLE BUSCH #18

Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan Int Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

ImageMICHIGAN PURE 400

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

AUGUST 19th, 1PM ET on ESPN TV

2 Miles 18 Degrees of Banking

 

 

NASCAR returns to the track that Roger Penske built in a beautiful area of Michigan about 70 miles outside of the Motor City: Detroit. Is it important to win a race in the backyard of the auto industry? You’d better believe it!  There is nothing like winning a race on your own home turf. This track is wide enough for easy passing but sometimes the demands are very tough on motors as well as the nerves of the drivers. Who dominates? In the last 10 years Ford has won seven races, Dodge five, Chevrolet and Toyota four each. Roush/Fenway accounts all of those Ford wins, the most of any owner making it not just a track dominated by Ford but a full blown “House of Roush”. Ford not only has the most wins in the last 10 years, they also have the last two wins here compliments of Greg Biffle. In the last 3 years Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota have each won two of the six races run. Will Toyota, Chevy or Ford take backyard title? We’ll know on Sunday.

 

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on downforce tracks  in advance of the Michigan Pure 400 from Michigan International Speedway. Thursday we’ll rank the top 30 drivers.