TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST WATKINS GLEN

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

Chase Elliott gets his second win of the year and the third win for Hendrick Motorsports. That does not move them up this week. In fact there is very little movement this week. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske stay in place. Chip Ganassi Racing and Stewart Haas Racing swap spots. Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Leavine Family Racing, Richard Childress Racing and  JTG Daughtery Racing all stay in place. As we get deeper into the season it gets harder and harder to move up. It will be interesting to see if we see much, if any, change after Michigan.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers in advance of Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400 from Michigan Int Speedway.

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TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. KYLE LARSON #42
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  7. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  8. RYAN BLANEY #12
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. KURT BUSCH #1

Top 10 drivers on Downforce tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan Int Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

CONSUMERS ENERGY 400

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

AUGUST 11th, 2:30PM ET on NBCSN TV

2 Miles 18 Degrees of Banking

Stages end after 60/120/200 laps

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 four chances left for drivers to score a win and get into the 16-driver Playoff field. That pressure and reward should up the ante of drama. Who dominates? In the last 10 years Chevrolet has the most wins with eight. Three of those came from Hendrick Motorsports and seven have come from the HMS engine shop. Ford has seven wins and Toyota has won five races. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson has won three of the last six races run here. Will Chevy remain the dominate make of car? Will Toyota or Ford break the tie? Will someone new get a win and lock into the “Playoffs”?

We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on downforce tracks in advance of the Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan International Speedway. Thursday we’ll rank the top 30 drivers.