TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MARTINSVILLE

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

 

 

Team Penske gets the win from Joey Logano and stays at #2. With 33 races in the book and just three races remaining it is getting hard to make move moves on the chart. In fact absolutely no one changes place this week.  Will things change up in Texas? I think they will.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

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TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  4. KURT BUSCH #41
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. KYLE BUSCH #18
  7. MATT KENSETH #6
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. ERIK JONES #20
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

 

Top 10 on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s AAA 500 from Texas.

RACE PREVIEW

TX 18.2

AAA 500

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

NOVEMBER 4th, 3PM EST NBC-SN TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #8

Seven races into the Playoffs and there are a lot of simmering tensions in the garage. Each race seems to bring more to the surface. There are just three races left for these drivers to settle this. Joey Logano is locked into the final Championship race with his win at Martinsville and Martin Truex Jr won’t soon forget about that front stretch pass. This track is another that used to hang a sign that says “House of Roush”. In the 35 Cup races that have been run here, nine of them have been won by the Roush Fenway team of drivers; the first in the inaugural race in 1997 (Jeff Burton) and the last in April of 2012 (Greg Biffle).  But Hendrick Motorsports is tied with Roush in total wins, they also have nine wins since 1997. But in the last ten years Roush has three wins and Hendrick has seven. Also in the last ten years we have seen Joe Gibbs Racing get six wins including the Kyle Busch win here earlier in the year. Those are the three dominate teams. Who will dominate?  We’ll see on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks in advance of the AAA 500 from Texas Motor Speedway.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

First Data 500 from MARTINSVILLE

My #5 pick is the series’ most recent winner, #9 Chase Elliott. Here at Martinsville Chase has five starts, no wins and only one Top 5. The most important stat is his team, Hendrick Motorsports produced 40% of the wins in the last ten years or twenty races. In that time span their motor shop had 55% of the wins. Chase finished 9th here in April, I feel he will finish much better here in the Playoffs.

My #4 driver to watch is my #1 ranked short track driver, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 31 starts, one win and 5 Top 5’s. Kevin won here in the spring race of 2011. More importantly he finished 5th in this race last year and 5th here in April. Now that Playoff pressure is at full force expect Kevin to use ALL of his short track skills.

My #3 driver is on a great streak here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 17 starts, a win in April 2017, and six Top 5’s. Brad has really, just gotten better here. All of his Top 5’s have come in his last ten starts. His last five stops here were all Top 10’s. Four of those five were Top 5’s.

My #2 driver has horrible stats here, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin has 25 starts, no wins and four Top 5’s. Those are not even close to good stats but he finished 2nd in this race last year and 4th here in April. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

My #1 pick is the defending champion of this race, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has finished all of his last six races in the Top 5. Kyle has 25 starts, two win’s in early 2016 and this race in 2017, and 13 Top 5’s (52%). Kyle is #9 hottest over the last six weeks. More importantly he is #1 in points. To stay in the Top 4 he is going to need to do well where he has been strong and it starts here.

 

Monday look for our preview of the AAA 500 from Texas.

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 POWER RANKINGS

FIRST DATA 500-MARTINSVILLE

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. JOEY LOGANO #22
  7. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  8. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  9. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  12. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  13. CLINT BOWYER #14
  14. KYLE LARSON #42
  15. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  16. ERIK JONES #20
  17. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  18. KURT BUSCH #41
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. MATT KENSETH #6
  21. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  22. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  23. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  26. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  27. REGAN SMITH #95
  28. TY DILLION #13
  29. COLE WHITT #72
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

 

 

These are the Top 30 drivers for the FIRST DATA 500 at MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, Friday we break down the Top 5 Drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST KANSAS

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

 

For the third straight week Stewart Haas Racing sit in the #1 spot. A team with the most wins and most drivers in the Playoffs (50%) should be and are #1! Another Ford team, Team Penske stay at #2 this week. Furniture Row Racing move up a place to #3. This moves Joe Gibbs Racing to #4. The rest of the Top 10 all stay in place this week. Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, JTG Racing and Leavine Family Racing all safely inside the Top 10 and all looking at how they can move up over the last four races of the year.

 

 

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SHORT TRACK

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  8. MARTIN TRUEX JR. #78
  9. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  10. CHASE ELLIOTT #9

Top 10 drivers on Short tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s FIRST DATA 500 from Martinsville Speedway.