PRE SEASON TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVERS PRESEASON 2018

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  17. PAUL MENARD #21
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  20. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  21. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  22. TY DILLION #13
  23. KASEY KAHNE #95
  24. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  25. A. J. ALLMENDIGER #47
  26. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  27. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  28. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  29. DAVID RAGAN #34
  30. MICHAEL McDOWELL #38

This is the first installment of our preseason Top 30 drivers. On January 22nd look for our next installment.

 

 

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PRE SEASON TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS PRE SEASON 2018

  1. FURNITURE ROW RACING
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING
  3. TEAM PENSKE
  4. STEWART HAAS RACING
  5. WOOD BROTHERS RACING

 

  1. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS
  2. CHIP GANASSI RACING
  3. ROUSH FENWAY RACING
  4. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING
  5. LEAVINE FAMILY RACING

 

For the pre season rankings we go off of last year’s results; who looked good all season long and who looked good toward the end of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing is the #2 with the loss of Matt Kenseth. Furniture Row is #1 having won the driver championship and winning the most races last year. Team Penske sitting at #3 had two of the three drivers in their lineup in the playoffs last year and all three drivers won races last year. Stewart Haas Racing has a reshuffled driver line up again this year but look strong at #4. Wood Brothers Racing are the only single car operation in the Top 5. They have a new driver this year with Paul Menard who should fit in there very well. That makes three Ford teams in the Top 5 and two from Toyota. At #6 we see the first team from Chevrolet. Hendrick Motorsports sitting at #6 are far from the team that won the championship in 2016. They lose two drivers from their lineup retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kasey Kahne to Leavine Family Racing. They are replaced by Alex Bowman in the #88 and Xfinity Series Champ William Byron in the #24.They join Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott who both made the playoffs last year. Hendrick will move up the team ranks very quickly, they won’t be outside of the Top 5 for very long. We find Chip Ganassi Racing at #7, Roush Fenway Racing at #8, Richard Childress Racing and lastly Leavine Family Racing at #10.

 

Next Monday look the start of our Pre Season Top 30 drivers.

TOP TEN TEAMS 2017

TOP TEN TEAMS 2017

 

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

There should be no surprise that our 2017 Monster Energy Cup winner was from the years #1 Team, Furniture Row Racing. Eight wins and and a Cup title tells us they ARE the best. We find Joe Gibbs Racing in the #2 place. They didn’t ultimately get the Cup but they did get seven wins for JGR(the most of any team) and three drivers in the Playoffs. Team Penske stays put at #3. Brad Keselowski made it all the way to Miami. Wood Brothers Racing also stay in place, #4 is not bad for this one car team. Stewart Haas Racing move up a spot and end the year at #5. This was mostly driven by the strength of #4 Kevin Harvick and #41 Kurt Busch who both made the Playoffs. Kevin will return next year and hopefully Kurt Busch will do so too. At #6 we find Hendrick Motorsports, the home of three time winner in 2017,  #48 Jimmie Johnson. HMS also got a win fromm #5 Kasey Kahne who won’t be back next year. HMS will also lose Dale Earbhardt Jr. but they keep Chase Elliott who had a great year finishing 5th in the points after making the Playoffs. They will be joined by Xfinity series champ William Byron and Alex Bowman. Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing, and Richard Petty Motorsports all remain in place from last week.

 

Look for our Top Ten Pre Season Teams Monday Jan, 8th 2018.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

FORD EcoBoost 400 from HOMESTEAD-MIAMI

My #5 driver to watch has terrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has nine starts here with only two Top 5’s, but those Top 5’s were both 3rd place finishes in 2014 and the 2015. He is still in the Playoff hunt. He is #2 ranked for me on tracks like this and rolls in here 5th hottest over the last six races. Brad did finish 35th here last year.

My #4 pick is not in the battle for the championship, #24 Chase Elliott. He is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He has just one start here, he finished 11th here last year. He might be out of the Championship but he is not out of the race.

My #3 driver won here two years ago, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 12 starts with that win and just one other Top 5. Kyle is #8 hottest over the last six weeks. The full force of Joe Gibbs Racing is behind him and I don’t think he’ll dominate but he’ll make it a race.

The number #2 driver was my #1 pick at the start of the Playoffs, #78 Martin Truex Jr. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks. He is #3 ranked at tracks like this. He has been killing it at all the 1-2 mile tracks all year long but he has been slightly better on the higher banked tracks. He has done well in many places he hasn’t done well before. Here he has 12 starts, no wins and just three Top 5 finishes. His last Top 5 was in 2013.

My #1 driver to watch is the last of the four Championship drivers, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 14 starts at this track, a win three years ago and eight Top 5 finishes. He is #1 in average finish and in his 14 starts 13 have been Top 10’s. He is #1 rated on tracks like this. He is also #1 hottest over the last six weeks.

Monday look for our year end Top Ten Teams.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

 

FORD 400 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  7. MATT KENSETH #20
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  10. KYLE LARSON #42
  11. KURT BUSCH #41
  12. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  13. RYAN BLANEY #21
  14. ERIK JONES #77
  15. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  18. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  19. KASEY KAHNE #5
  20. PAUL MENARD #27
  21. CLINT BOWYER #14
  22. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  23. DANICA PATRICK #10
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  26. TY DILLON #13
  27. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  28. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #95
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in the Ford 400.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST PHOENIX

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

Joe Gibbs Racing is at #1 for the fifth straight week. Their Toyota team mates at Furniture Row Racing move from #3 to #2. Team Penske drop a place from to #3. Wood Brothers Racing stay at #4. Hendrick Motorsports drop two spots and remain in the Top 5 at #5.Stewart Haas Racing stay at #6. Chip Ganassi Racing stay put at #7.Roush Fenway Racing hang in and stay at #8.Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing swap places.

Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  7. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  8. KURT BUSCH #41
  9. MATT KENSETH #20
  10. KYLE BUSCH #18

Top 10 on Downforce tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s FORD EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.