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.

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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

DAR 12

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.