TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. DALE EARNHARDT #88
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  6. KYLE BUSCH #18
  7. MATT KENSETH #20
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31

Top 10 on Flat tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Axalta 400 from Pocano Raceway.

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RACE PREVIEW

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AXALTA “We Paint Winners” 400

POCANO RACEWAY
June 5th, 1PM Charlotte time on FS 1 TV
2.5 Miles, Turn #1 14 Degrees, #2 8 Degrees, #3 6 Degrees of Banking

We are done with two weeks of racing in Charlotte, and it is time we visit the tricky triangle. Is this a road course, flat track, or a tri-oval? How about all of the above? Only 3 turns, yet each one is different. 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. 400 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 for over 400 miles. Two teams account for 65% of the wins in the last ten years. The Hendrick Motorsports crew has dominated here; they have seven victories in the last 10 years including five of the last seven races. Right behind them we find Joe Gibbs Racing with six wins in the last ten years including four by #11 Denny Hamlin. Can these two teams maintain their dominance? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on flat tracks. Thursday we’ll have our Top 30 drivers in advance of the race at Pocono.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:Charlotte Top 5 Drivers to Watch

My #5 pick has never won here, #18 Kyle Busch. But even with no wins, Kyle still has managed a #4 average finish here. He has 23 starts with ten Top 5’s. Kyle looked good on Saturday until he went too fast on pit road. He sits #2 in points and should score another Top 5 finish.

The #4 pick has horrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. He has 13 starts with a win in the fall of 2013 and just two Top 5 finishes in the Queen City. But, Brad is #4 hottest over the last six weeks and looked great Saturday night with his second place finish.

My #3 driver has the #2 average finish here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 14 starts here, a win last October, and five total Top 5’s. He is #3 ranked on tracks like this. Joey went to Victory Lane on Saturday, and should notch up another Top 5.

My #2 driver is the defending champion of this race, #19 Carl Edwards. Carl has 22 starts, that win, and seven Top 5’s. He has a #3 average finish here, eight of his last nine races were Top 10’s.

My #1 pick is a three-time former-winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Yeah, he has three wins, but in 30 career starts he only has five Top 5’s…five. He is ranked #1 for me on tracks like this and most importantly two of his wins came in the 600 mile May race and he has six straight Top 10 finishes here. Kevin is locked into The Chase so look for some pit strategy gambles. Kevin is #3 hottest over the last six races.

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Axalta 400 from Pocano.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. CARL EDWARDS #19
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  11. MATT KENSETH #20
  12. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  13. KASEY KAHNE #5
  14. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  15. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  17. TONY STEWART #14
  18. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  19. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  20. CLINT BOWYER #15
  21. GREG BIFFLE #16
  22. RYAN BLANEY #21
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  24. KYLE LARSON #42
  25. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  26. PAUL MENARD #27
  27. DANICA PATRICK #10
  28. CASEY MEARS #13
  29. BRIAN SCOTT #44
  30. REGAN SMITH #7

 

 

These are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Coca-Cola (World) 600. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. CARL EDWARDS #19
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  11. MATT KENSETH #20
  12. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  13. KASEY KAHNE #5
  14. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  15. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  17. TONY STEWART #14
  18. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  19. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  20. CLINT BOWYER #15
  21. GREG BIFFLE #16
  22. RYAN BLANEY #21
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  24. KYLE LARSON #42
  25. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  26. PAUL MENARD #27
  27. DANICA PATRICK #10
  28. CASEY MEARS #13
  29. BRIAN SCOTT #44
  30. REGAN SMITH #7

 

 

These are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Coca-Cola (World) 600. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

TOP TEN TEAMS

. TOP 10 TEAMS POST POST ALL STAR RACE

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. FURNITURE ROW (LW #4)
  4. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #3)
  5. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #5)

 

  1. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #9)
  2. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #7)
  3. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #8)
  4. JTG RACING (LW #6)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #10)

 

Joe Gibbs Racing get the win at Dover and that helps them stay at #1 for the second straight week. Team Penske remain in the #2 spot.  Furniture Row Racing move up a place to #3, their highest place yet of the year. Hendrick Motorsports slide back to #4. Stewart Haas Racing even with a tough week stay put at #5. After a couple of good weeks Wood Brothers Racing move up from #9 to #6. Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing remain in place this week. JTG Racing slide back to #9. Roush Fenway Racing stay in the Top 10 at #10.

 

These are the Top 10 Owner/Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Charlotte.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. MATT KENSETH #20
  5. CARL EDWARDS #19
  6. DEAR EARNHARDT JR. #88
  7. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  10.  KYLE BUSCH #18

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.