TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST CHARLOTTE

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #4)
  4. FURNITURE ROW (LW #5)
  5. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #6)

 

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

 

Chip Ganassi Racing remain in the top spot again this week. Team Penske remain in the #2 spot.  Stewart Haas Racing move a place this week. Furniture Row Racing move up a place. Joe Gibbs Racing move into the Top 5 for the first time this year. Roush Fenway Racing move up a place to the #6 spot. Hendrick Motorsports slide back four spots to #7. Wood Brothers Racing stay put at #8. Germain Racing hang on to the #9 place. Richard Childress Racing get the win at Dover and that helps return to the Top 10 at #10. Richard Petty Motorsports have a driver change and we see them fall out of the Top 10.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers in advance of Sunday’s AAA Drive for Autism 400.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. MATT KENSETH #20
  6. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  7. DEAR EARNHARDT JR #88
  8. KYLE BUSCH #18
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams ranked and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Sunday’s AAA DRIVE FOR AUTISM 400 from Dover Int. Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

AAA 400 Drive for Autism

DOVER INT SPEEDWAY

June 4th, 1PM ET on FS1 TV

1 Mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

Race #13 of the year takes us to the “concrete jungle” Dover Int Speedway, AKA the Monster Mile. I love this track! The banking is high and the site lines are amazing. Just about wherever you sit you have a great view of the track. In the last ten years one team has dominated here, Hendrick Motorsports. They have eight wins, seven by Jimmie Johnson alone. The second highest number of wins in the last 20 races is Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing each with three, the most recent from Matt Kenseth in this race last year driving for JGR. Will Hendrick Motorsports maintain their domination? Or will another team take a victory? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Dover.

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TOP FIVE DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:Charlotte Top 5 Drivers to Watch

My #5 pick has never won here, #42 Kyle Larson. But even with no wins, Kyle managed a fifth place finish in the October race last year.  He is red hot right now. He is #1 in points and #1 hottest over the last six races. Don’t look for him to cool down in the Charlotte night.

My #4 driver is the winning-est driver here, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 31 starts here, eight wins including the last race run here in October, and 15 Top 5’s. (48% percent).  He is #5 ranked on tracks like this. He finished 3rd here last year, in fact in his last six starts he had two wins!

My #3 driver is the defending champion of this race, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 23 starts, that win, and three Top 5’s. He is rated #3 on tracks like this, he sits #2 in points and is third hottest over the last six weeks.

The #2 pick has horrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. He has 15 starts with a win in the fall of 2013 and just three Top 5 finishes. But, Brad is #2 hottest over the last six weeks and #2 ranked for me on tracks like this. He finished 5th here last year.  

My #1 pick is a three-time former-winner here and the polesitter, #4 Kevin Harvick. Yes, he has three wins, but in 32 career starts he only has seven Top 5’s…seven. He is ranked #1 for me on tracks like this and most importantly two of his wins came in the 600 mile May race. His last six races have three second place finishes and a win. In is on a great streak here of late, he is on the pole, look for that to continue. He has not won a race yet this year and that could all change next Sunday night in the Queen city.  

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the AAA 400 from Dover.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  5. KYLE LARSON #42
  6. KYLE BUSCH #18
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  9. MATT KENSETH #20
  10. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  11. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  12. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  13. KURT BUSCH #41
  14. KASEY KAHNE #5
  15. CLINT BOWYER #14
  16. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  17. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  18. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  19. ERIK JONES #77
  20. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  21. RYAN BLANEY #21
  22. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  23. DANICA PATRICK #10
  24. TY DILLION #13
  25. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  26. PAUL MENARD #27
  27. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  28. REGAN SMITH #43
  29. MICHAEL McDOWELL #95
  30. LANDON CASSILL #34

 

 

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 KANSAS

 

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

 

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #6)
  2. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #7)
  3. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #9)
  4. GERMAIN RACING (LW #10)
  5. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#8)

 

 

Chip Ganassi Racing re-take the #1 spot.The Penske crew goes to #2. Hendrick Motorsports stay at #3. Stewart Haas Racing go up a place to #4 trading places with Furniture Row Racing.JGR remain at #6. Roush Fenway Racing also stay put they stay in the #7 place. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #8. Germain Racing go up one spot to #9. Lastly we find Richard Petty Motorsports at #10 after a very tough and scary night in Kansas.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday night look for the Top 30 drivers in the Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST KANSAS

 

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

 

  1. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #6)
  2. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #7)
  3. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #9)
  4. GERMAIN RACING (LW #10)
  5. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#8)

 

 

Chip Ganassi Racing re-take the #1 spot.The Penske crew goes to #2. Hendrick Motorsports stay at #3. Stewart Haas Racing go up a place to #4 trading places with Furniture Row Racing.JGR remain at #6. Roush Fenway Racing also stay put they stay in the #7 place. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #8. Germain Racing go up one spot to #9. Lastly we find Richard Petty Motorsports at #10 after a very tough and scary night in Kansas.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday night look for the Top 30 drivers in the Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  6. MATT KENSETH #20
  7. DEAR EARNHARDT JR. #88
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  9. KYLE BUSCH #18
  10. KYLE LARSON #42

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

RACE PREVIEW

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COCA COLA (WORLD) 600

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MAY 28th, 6PM ET on FOX  TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

At 400 laps and 600 miles NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs and pit crews alike will have their endurance tested this coming Sunday. This race is always unpredictable, not only because of its long 600 mile length – the longest of all the races – but also because it starts in the late afternoon and ends in the cooler nighttime. This is a definite challenge for crew chiefs because the track conditions are constantly changing. Drivers and crew chiefs had a chance to experience how this track feels during the All Star Race. We know one thing, Hendrick Motorsport and their shop have won more races here in the last ten years than any other team with six wins in the last 20 races. Richard Childress Racing and Team Penske come in second with three wins each in the last ten years. Kyle Busch brought got his first All Star win Saturday night and second overall for his team Joe Gibbs Racing, does this mean watch Joe Gibbs Racing has an edge here? While they can’t be discounted, we can definitely say advantage Hendrick Motorsports AND their motor shop, which has had seven wins in the last ten years. Who else uses those motors? Chip Ganassi Racing with Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson. Will a Hendrick car and/or engine win yet again or will we see a return to last year when Toyota and Martin Truex Jr. just waxed the field in this race? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on tracks similar to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

TOP DRIVERS TO WATCH

MONSTER ENERGY SHOWDOWN

It is always tough to predict this night of racing but I will try. I think the five with the best shot to advance from the Sprint Showdown and into the Sprint All-Star Race.

First up a rookie, #24 Chase Elliott. Chase is off to a great start in the Cup series. 12 races into the year we find Chase sitting 7th in points. This former Xfinity series champion does very well at these high banked intermediate tracks like Charlotte. If he doesn’t race his way in this son of one of the most popular drivers ever Bill Elliott should get voted in.

Next we have another former Xfinity Champion #3 Austin Dillion. Austin has won here in the Xfinity series and. Always popular, just like Chase, if Austin doesn’t race in he could easily get voted in.

My next driver is another one of the rookies, #21 Ryan Blaney. Ryan driving for the Wood Brothers sits 11th in points and stands a great chance of making the Chase this year. This third generation driver also stands a very good shot at getting voted in as well.

Not to be left off we a driver who has returned to the Top Ten in points, #14 Clint Bowyer. Clint is driving better now than he has in quite awhile. He is driving better cars than he has had in recent memory. He talent and pent up desire should propel him into the big show.

Lastly a former fan vote winner, #10 Danica Patrick. Danica could race in but if not she could and should be one of the fan vote winners.

MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE

In the Sprint All-Star race I’m looking at three drivers. First it is important to note that Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins of any team in this race. HMS has nine wins in the 31 All Star races the most of any team. HMS and Team Penske each have two wins in the last ten years.

That leads me to my first driver to watch, the only Joe Gibbs driver to have never won this race, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has come close but never sealed the deal. This former Cup Champion has become the best driver to never have won this race. He has never won a points here but he is good on the high banked ovals. His team Joe Gibbs Racing were dominating at this time last year. This year they only have one win. This could really lift JGR.

The next driver is won from another team but one with the same motor package, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin drives for Furniture Row Racing and they get their power from Toyota Racing Development and Joe Gibbs Racing. That has made a big difference for Martin who has already one two races this year and leads in playoff points. His first All Star win could happen here in the Queen City Saturday where he dominated one year ago in the World 600.

My third and last driver to watch drives for a team that notched their fourth team All Star win last year. They have the four wins with four different drivers. Last year Joey Logano visited victory lane for the first time and joined Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace as team Penske All Star winners. One name missing? #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad the 2012 Cup Champion has incredibly has never won an All-Star race. Brad won a points race here previously in 2013 and with two wins so far in 2017 a non-points win could be in his future.  No team is more dominant at this moment than Team Penske.

Will it be one of these three or one of the other seventeen starters? We’ll find out under the lights Saturday night.

Monday look for our preview of the Coca Cola (World) 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.