TOP TEN TEAMS 2016

TOP TEN TEAMS 2016

 

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

 

There should be no surprise that our 2016 Sprint Cup winner was NOT from the years #1 Team. Instead we find Joe Gibbs Racing in the #1 place, up a spot from last week. They didn’t ultimately get the Cup but they did get 12 wins for JGR(the most of any team),four drivers in the Chase (the most of any team) and two drivers in the final round of four (the most of any team). JGR should have no driver changes so look for more of the same, and maybe a Championship, next year. Team Penske drop a spot to #2. A red hot #22 Joey Logano couldn’t make up for a stone cold #2 Brad Keselowski down the stretch. Stewart Haas Racing move up a spot and end the year at #3. This was mostly driven by the strength of #4 Kevin Harvick and #41 Kurt Busch who both made the Chase. Both will return next year to keep SHR in the hunt. Furniture Row Racing drop a spot to #4 but are happy to end the year with four wins and look forward to adding a #77 car next year driven by Eric Jones. Finally at #5 we find Hendrick Motorsports, the home of Cup Champ #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie won more races than any other driver this year, five. But HMS only had five wins this season. None of the other three cars found victory lane which is shy we find HMS at #5. The #24 car driven by rookie Chase Elliott had a great year finishing 10th in the points after making the Chase. Pretty good rookie year, look for him to improve on that in 2017. The #5 car driven by Kasey Khane had a disappointing year finishing 17th in the points and the #88 car driven by three different drivers after injuries to primary driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. I can’t imagine the #88 car having a worse season next year. Chip Ganassi Racing, JTG Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all remain in place from last week.

Look for our Top Ten Teams for 2017 on Monday, January 23, 2017.

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TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FORD EcoBoost 400 from HOMESTEAD-MIAMI

My #5 driver to watch has terrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has eight starts here with only two Top 5’s, but those Top 5’s were both 3rd place finishes in each of the last two years. He is out of the Chase but don’t look for Brad to give up going for the front or even slowing down.

My #4 pick is in the battle for the championship, #48 Jimmie Johnson. He is #6 hottest over the last six weeks. He has 13 starts here with four Top 5’s. He has been pretty quiet during the Chase but it’s time for him to make some noise.

My #3 driver to watch is not one of the four Chase drivers, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 13 starts at this track, a win two years ago and seven Top 5 finishes. He is #1 in average finish and in his 13 starts 12 have been Top 10’s. He is #3 rated on tracks like this. He might be out of the Chase but he is not out of the race.

The number #2 driver is also very much in the Chase, #22 Joey Logano. He is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. In fact in his last five races four were Top 5’s and two were wins. Joey has 7 starts here and only one Top 5. That one Top 5 came last year with his 4th place finish.

My #1 driver is the defending Champion of this race, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 11 starts with the win last year and two Top 5’s. Kyle is #2 hottest over the last six weeks, with three straight Top 5’s starting in Martinsville! Kyle and his crew have been operating virtually mistake free and that is what it will take to get his second win AND his second championship.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS

FORD 400 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After just a single week at #1 Joe Gibbs Racing moves back a place to #2. A big win from Joey Logano helpsTeam Penske take the #1 spot. Furniture Row Racing stays at #3. Stewart Haas Racing moves up a place to #4. Hendrick Motorsports remains in the Top 5 at #5. Chip Ganassi Racing, JTG Racing and Richard Childress Racing remain in place from last week. Wood Brothers Racing move up to #9. Roush Fenway Racing stays in the Top 10 at #10.

 

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. MATT KENSETH #20
  5. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  6. CARL EDWARDS #19
  7. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  8. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. KASEY KAHNE #5

Top 10 on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers 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 20th, 3PM EST NBC TV

1 Mile 20 Degrees of Banking

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 44 drivers showed up at Daytona in February to get into the Daytona 500. Four drivers were eliminated in the duel races. Forty drivers started the race hoping not only to win the race but kick off the 2016 season in the best way possible. Denny Hamlin won and left 39 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 2016 Sprint Cup Champion. Now after thirty-five races, it all comes down to one race, all points have been thrown out. It is all about just this one race.  Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards. will all battle for the Championship. This track was reconfigured just before the 2003 season. Since that time four teams have found Victory Lane.  Carl Edwards  has won here two times with his former team Roush Fenway Racing. They have six total victories, Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins with two coming from Denny Hamlin in 2009 and 2013 and one coming from Kyle Busch last year, Stewart Haas Racing twice and Hendrick Motorsports once. Hendrick Motorsports got their only win with Jeff Gordon in 2012, Neither Jimmie Johnson, nor Joey Logano has won here. 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

CAN AM 500 from PHOENIX

 My #5 pick this week is the driver who finished 3rd here in the spring, #11 Denny Hamlin.  Denny has five Top 5’s since the track was redone. Five outta ten, not bad. Plus he had a win in the spring of 2012. He is my #5 flat track driver and sits #5 hottest over the last six races. 

My #4 pick is a former winner but on the old track, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle last won here in this race in 2005. Like Joey Logano, he doesn’t have to win to stay in the Cup hunt, but he does need a big finish. He comes in with nine starts and three Top 5’s on the repaved track. His last two finishes were 4th place finishes. He is #3 hottest over the last six weeks.   

The #3 driver to watch is an outstanding flat track driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad is my #2 flat track driver but comes in here #13 hottest over the last six weeks. Since they redid the track, he has four Top 5’s in the ten races. He finished 29th here earlier in the year trying to beat Kevin Harvick. Brad may not be in the championship hunt, but he will never ease up and I look for a big finish for him here.

My #2 driver is starting to be pretty good here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey only has two Top 5’s since they reconfigured the track. He has ten starts and just the two Top 5’s, but his five of his last six starts were Top 10’s and he has never had more on the line than he does this week. A win would be big, but a second or third place finish should punch his ticket to a championship shot. I think he will make it.       

My top pick is the closer, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is the most recent winner here. He has finished in first or second in eight of the ten races run since the track reconfiguration. He has 29 starts, eight wins and 12 Top 5’s, with ten starts, six wins and eight Top 5’s since the new paving. He is my #1 rated flat track racer. But he is 15th hottest over the last six races. He is 18 points out of a playoff spot – he just about needs a win to clinch and I believe he will.   

 

 

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