TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MICHIGAN

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

 

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

 

 

Just two races to go until “The Chase” we see a big shakeup this week. All of the Top 5 teams changed places.Team Penske returns to #1 after just a week out of the top spot. Joe Gibbs Racing goes down a place to #2. Kyle Larson gets his first win and helps Chip Ganassi Racing go up two spots to #3. Stewart Haas Racing slips back a place to #4. Furniture Row Racing drops back a place to #5.Hendrick Motorsports remains at #6. JTG Racing jumps up two spots to #7.Richard Childress Racing slips back two places to #8. Wood Brothers Racing move up to #9. Roush Fenway Racing slip back two spots to stay in the Top 10 at #10.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Darlington.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPES

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

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

Top 10 on Intermediate tracks, tomorrow look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s BOJANGLES SOUTHERN 500 from Darlington Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

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BOJANGLES SOUTHERN 500
DARLINGTON RACEWAY
SEPTEMBER 4th, 6:00 PM CHARLOTTE TIME NBC TV
1.366 MILES, 25 DEGREES of BANKING in TURNS 1 & 2, 23 DEGREES in TURNS 3 & 4.

Here is a track that could have easily gone the way of the North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham) or the North Wilkesboro Speedway; both of which stopped running NASCAR sanctioned races. Once the home of two races a year, it now just hosts one. In 2003 we saw the last Southern 500 on Labor day weekend. When it went away I thought the days of thunder would be over for this incredible egg-shaped speedway. International Speedway Corp. decided to give this track a chance and kept a race date earlier in the year. Lights were added and we’ve had big crowds even though they added more seats. Why? Better marketing? Lower prices? New amenities? Nope, just great close-up racing under the lights and old school night excitement at the ultimate old school track. Built in 1950 this track began the Speedway era in NASCAR. Called “the track too tough to tame” it could have also been called “the track with no turn the same” because of disproportionately different east and west turns. Add in a very tight racing groove and pavement that eats tires and you have “the track that is very tough to claim” (victory that is). Most racers find it smarter to race the track than to race the other drivers. Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins in the last ten years and Hendrick Motorsports has three wins in the last ten years. The Hendrick engine shop has four wins. Will anyone else challenge the JGR or HMS boys? We’ll find out Sunday night.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH: MICHIGAN INT SPEEDWAY

The #5 driver is the defending champion of this race and a three-time former-winner here, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt has that win last year plus two others, giving him a total of three wins in 34 starts and has 13 Top 5 finishes. He is also ranked the #4 driver on tracks like this.

My #4 pick is a two-time former winner here, #19 Carl Edwards. Carl has 24 starts, two wins and nine Top 5’s. He is my #7 ranked driver on tracks like this and sits #4 in points.

My #3 driver has never won here, but it is in his backyard, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 14 starts here and four total Top 5 finishes. He finished 4th here earlier in the year and is #1 rated on these lower banked big tracks. If it comes down to a fuel battle Brad is the best there is at winning a mileage race.

My #2 pick won here in August of 2010, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has that win in 31 starts and nine Top 5’s. Not the best stats, but along with that 2010 win he has finished second here in five of the last seven races. He is also #2 on Downforce tracks and #2 hottest over the last six weeks. He finished 5th here in June.

My # 1 is the most recent winner here taking the checkered flag in June, #22 Joey Logano. He is no stranger to Victory Lane here where he also won in August of 2013. Joey has 15 starts, those two wins, and four Top 5’s. His four Top 5’s have all come in the last six races. In fact his last seven races have all been Top 10’s.

 

Monday look for our preview of the Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

PURE MICHIGAN 400:MIS

 

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. CARL EDWARDS #19
  5. MATT KENSETH #20
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  8. PAUL MENARD #27
  9. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  10. KASEY KAHNE #5
  11. DENNY HAMLIN # 11
  12. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  13. TONY STEWART #14
  14. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  15. KYLE LARSON #42
  16. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  17. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  18. CLINT BOWYER #15
  19. DANICA PATRICK #10
  20. GREG BIFFLE #16
  21. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  22. RYAN BLANEY #21
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  24. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  25. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  26. KYLE BUSCH #18
  27. CHRIS BUESCHER #34
  28. CASEY MEARS #13
  29. DAVID RAGAN #23
  30. ALEX BOWMAN #88

 

 

 

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

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

PURE MICHIGAN 400:MIS

 

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. CARL EDWARDS #19
  5. MATT KENSETH #20
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  8. PAUL MENARD #27
  9. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  10. KASEY KAHNE #5
  11. DENNY HAMLIN # 11
  12. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  13. TONY STEWART #14
  14. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  15. KYLE LARSON #42
  16. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  17. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  18. CLINT BOWYER #15
  19. DANICA PATRICK #10
  20. GREG BIFFLE #16
  21. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  22. RYAN BLANEY #21
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  24. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  25. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  26. KYLE BUSCH #18
  27. CHRIS BUESCHER #34
  28. CASEY MEARS #13
  29. DAVID RAGAN #23
  30. ALEX BOWMAN #88

 

 

 

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

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MICHIGAN

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

 

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

 

 

Just two races to go until “The Chase” we see a big shakeup this week. All of the Top 5 teams changed places.Team Penske returns to #1 after just a week out of the top spot. Joe Gibbs Racing goes down a place to #2. Kyle Larson gets his first win and helps Chip Ganassi Racing go up two spots to #3. Stewart Haas Racing slips back a place to #4. Furniture Row Racing drops back a place to #5.Hendrick Motorsports remains at #6. JTG Racing jumps up two spots to #7.Richard Childress Racing slips back two places to #8. Wood Brothers Racing move up to #9. Roush Fenway Racing slip back two spots to stay in the Top 10 at #10.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Darlington.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. MATT KENSETH #20
  5. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  6. CARL EDWARDS #19
  7. KURT BUSCH #41
  8. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  9. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  10. PAUL MENARED #27

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

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MICHIGAN PURE 400

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

AUGUST 28th, 2:00PM ET on NBCSN 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. There are just three chances left for drivers to score a win and get into the 16-driver Chase for the Cup. That pressure and reward should up the ante of drama. Who dominates? In the last 10 years Chevrolet and Ford have each won seven races, but  Toyota isn’t far behind with five wins. Roush Fenway boasts five of those Ford wins and Hendrick Motorsports have five Chevrolet wins; they are tied for most wins of any team. Joe Gibbs Racing isn’t far behind with four wins in their Toyota’s. Will Chevy or Ford break the tie to take the backyard title? Will Toyota find their way back to Victory Circle where they can achieve parity? Will someone new get a win and lock into the “Chase for the Cup? 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.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

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The #5 pick is my second highest rated short track driver, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has 46 starts, five wins and 17 Top 5’s. Jeff’s filling in for Dale Jr., and is happy to be here where he has won five times and had a 3rd place finish in April of last year.

 

The number #4 is the hottest driver on the circuit right now, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has gotten more points than anyone else in the last six races. Here in Thunder Valley he has 13 starts, two wins and four Top 5 finishes.

 

My #3 won here last year, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt got his fourth win in April of last year. He has those four wins in 33 starts! Not only that, he has 20 Top 5’s in those 33 starts.  61% of his starts were Top 5’s! That is very good! He is our #4 ranked short track driver and is #5 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

The number #2 driver to watch won here in April of this year, #19 Carl Edwards. Carl has 24 starts, four wins and six Top 5’s. His team Joe Gibbs Racing has won eight times in the past ten years – the most of any other team they know how to get around here.

 

The #1 driver to watch won this race last year and this race the year before, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has 15 starts, two wins and three Top 5’s. The three Top 5’s came in the last six races; he is just getting better here. Joey is locked in at this point in The Chase for the Cup, but he is still looking to use that Penske power under the hood to take him to Victory Lane.

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway.