TOP 20 TEAMS POST SEASON 2014

TOP 20 TEAMS POST SEASON 2014

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  1. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS
  2. GERMAIN RACING
  3. SCOTT MOTORSPORTS
  4. HILLMAN RACING
  5. FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS
  6. TOMMY BALDWIN RACING
  7. BK RACING
  8. PHIL PARSONS RACING
  9. LEAVINE FAMILY RACING
  10. GO FAS RACING

For the post season team rankings we go off of the year’s results, who looked good all season long and who looked good toward the end of the season. Surprisingly we find Richard Petty Motorsports outside the Top 10. H. Scott Motorsports (formerly Phoenix Racing) looks strong in their first year at #13. Congratulations to all the scrappy teams that fight every week against the major teams for a shot at victory lane. I look forward to 2015 and what these teams can do against the Top 10 teams. Speaking of the Top 10 they get ranked next week.

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TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FORD EcoBoost 400 from HOMESTEAD-MIAMI

My #5 driver to watch has never had a Top 5 here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has five starts with 8th being his best finish. But that best finish came last year in his first start with Team Penske. Joey just gets better every race with this team and just about every track. Now that it’s all on the line he should finish up front, but I’m afraid it won’t be enough.

My #4 driver to watch has terrible stats here, #31 Ryan Newman. Ryan has all 11 starts here with only one Top 5. But since arriving at Richard Childress Racing at the start of the year, his results have been much better. Ryan is #2 hottest over the last six races and as he showed last week at Phoenix, he’ll push as hard as he can to get his first Championship.

My #3 pick is out of the battle for the championship, #20 Matt Kenseth. He is #2 on these downforce tracks and is #5 hottest over the last six weeks. He has 11 starts here, one win, and four Top 5’s. His win came back in 2007 though.

The number #2 driver to watch is the defending champion of this race, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 11 starts here, two win’s and four Top 5’s. He is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He has been pretty quiet since his win early in the year at Talladega, but look for that to change in the swamp land.

My #1 driver to watch is coming off a win last week in Phoenix, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 11 starts at this track and five Top 5 finishes. He is #3 in average finish and in his 11 starts ten have been Top 10’s. He is #1 rated on tracks like this and #3 hottest over the last six races. Get the Buds cold!

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FORD 400 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  3. MATT KENSETH #20
  4. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  5. JOEY LOGANO #22
  6. CARL EDWARDS #99
  7. JEFF GORDON #24
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  10. CLINT BOWYER #15
  11. KYLE LARSON #42
  12. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  13. KASEY KAHNE #5
  14. TONY STEWART #14
  15. KYLE BUSCH #18
  16. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  17. GREG BIFFLE #16
  18. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  19. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  20. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  21. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  22. KURT BUSCH #41
  23. BRIAN VICKERS #55
  24. PAUL MENARD #27
  25. DANICA PATRICK #10
  26. MARCOS AMBROSE #9
  27. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  28. CASEY MEARS #13
  29. MICHAEL ANNETT #7
  30. DAVID RAGAN #34

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

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST PHOENIX

  1. TEAM PENSKE (LW #1)
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #2)
  3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #3)
  4. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #5)
  5. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #4)
  1. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #6)
  2. JTG RACING (LW #7)
  3. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #8)
  4. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING(LW #9)
  5. FURNITURE ROW RACING(LW #10)

Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MATT KENSETH #20
  3. CARL EDWARDS #99
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. JEFF GORDON #24
  6. KASEY KAHNE #5
  7. DEAR EARNHARDT JR. #88
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  9. PAUL MENARD #27
  10. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48

Top 10 on Downforce tracks, Wednesday look for out Top 10 Teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 for Sunday’s FORD EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

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MIAMI HOMESTEAD FORD ECOBOOST 400

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

November 16, 3PM EST

ESPN TV

1 Mile 20 Degrees of Banking

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 48 drivers showed up at Daytona in February to get in the Daytona 500. Five drivers were eliminated in the duel races. Forty-three started the race hoping not only to win the race but kick off the 2014 season in the best way possible. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won and left 42 drivers thinking we’ll try again next race. Thirteen different drivers found Victory Lane from seven different teams this season. Nine races ago sixteen drivers made it into the Chase for the Cup –  twelve drivers have been slowly eliminated leaving four to decide the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion. Now after thirty-five races, it all comes down to one race, all points all been thrown out. It is all about just this one race.  Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman will all battle for their first Championship. This track was reconfigured just before the 2003 season. Since that time only four owners have found Victory Lane.  Joe Gibbs Racing has won here three times and Roush Fenway Racing has won six. Tony Stewart won three years ago for Stewart Haas Racing and two years ago we saw Hendrick Motorsports get their first win. Last year Denny Hamlin got his second win on this track, giving Joe Gibbs Racing its third on this configuration. The highest finisher will win the Championship and a win will put you in. Who will snag the Championship?  We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks going into Homestead-Miami.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

QUICKEN LOANS 500 from PHOENIX

My #5 driver is starting to be pretty good here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey only has one Top 5 since they reconfigured the track. He has six starts and one Top 5, but that 4th place finish came in the race here earlier in the year. He is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. He only needs to finish 11th or better to lock into the next round.

 

My #4 pick this week is the driver who has the best average finish, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 22 starts here, four wins and 14 Top 5’s – over half of his races here! 13 of his last 16 starts here were all Top 5’s. He is my #3 rated flat track driver, but he is also #19 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

My #3 pick is a former winner, #11 Denny Hamlin. In the six races since they made some changes he has three of Top 5’s including his win. He is in the Championship hunt and if he finishes 11th or better he’ll lock in a chance at the Sprint Cup.

 

The #2 driver to watch is an outstanding flat track driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad is my #2 flat track driver and comes in here #10 hottest over the last six weeks. Since they redid the track he has three Top 5’s in the six races. He finished 3rd here earlier in the year trying to beat Kevin Harvick. To keep his championship hopes alive he needs to beat my #1 pick …

 

The closer, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is the defending champion of this race and won here earlier in the year. He has finished in first or second in four of the six races run since the track reconfiguration. He has 25 starts, five wins and eight Top 5’s. He is third hottest and needs a win to have a shot in Miami and I think he has the best shot to lock in a spot in the Championship round.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Ford 400 from Miami-Homestead.