TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST TEXAS

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

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 18 weeks straight and most of the year so it is a little  surprising that they remain at the top spot after Stewart Haas got the top three spots at Texas. JGR stays at #1 and Team Penske hold at #2. But Stewart Haas Racing does move up two places to #3. Chip Ganassi Racing go back a place to #4 and Hendrick Motorsports drop back to #5. Wood Brothers Racing move up two spots to #6. Leavine Family Racing stay at #7. Roush Fenway Racing get shuffled back two spots to #8.  Richard Childress Racing return to the Top Ten at #9. JTG Daugherty Racing stay at #10. Germain Racing drop out of the Top 10.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers at the Bluegreen Vacations 500.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  6. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  7. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  8. RYAN BLANEY #12
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  10. KYLE LARSON #42

Top 10 on Flat tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s BlueGreen Vacations 500 from ISM Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS 500

ISM RACEWAY
November 10th, 2:30PM Charlotte Time NBC TV
1 Mile Turn 1&2 10 Degrees of Banking, Turn 3&4 12 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #9

Stages end after laps: 75/150/312

What a place to help decide the Monster Energy Cup Championship, a 1 mile flat track. This is a track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise around.” Most drivers have a good set-up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise somewhere in between, and some drivers are simply trying to find any set-up that gets them fast and keeps them off the wall. No matter what your strategy is, this track can be very, very tough. Rookies typically struggle here. And to add to the challenge, this race will help eliminate four of the eight finalists for the Championship. Martin Truex Jr. and #4 Kevin Harvick are locked in with wins, #22 Joey Logano and #18 Kyle Busch look good to go to Miami by virtue of points. #11 Denny Hamlin, #12 Ryan Blaney, #42 Kyle Larson and #9 Chase Elliott have the bottom four spots and really need to win to lock into one of the two final spots.  Kevin Harvick who has won six of the last 12 races appears to have the inside track on that win. His team Stewart Haas Racing has won 30% of the races here in the last ten years. #18 Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing won here last year and in March. Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick will compete next week for the Championship, who will compete against them? We’ll find out of Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 flat track drivers in advance of the Can Am 500 from Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

AAA 500 from TEXAS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. JOEY LOGANO #22
  3. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  4. KYLE BUSCH #18
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  7. RYAN BLANEY #12
  8. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  9. KURT BUSCH #1
  10. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  11. ERIK JONES #20
  12. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  13. CLINT BOWYER #14
  14. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  15. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  16. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  17. KYLE LARSON #42
  18. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  19. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  20. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  21. TY DILLON #13
  22. MATT DIBENEDETTO #95
  23. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  24. DARRELL WALLACE JR. #43
  25. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  26. RYAN PREECE #47
  27. PAUL MENARD #21
  28. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  29. DAVID RAGAN #38
  30. ROSS CHASTAIN #27

Friday we break down the Top 5 drives to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MARTINSVILLE

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

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 17 weeks straight and most of the year so it should be no surprise at all that they’ll stay there with the win from their own #19 Martin Truex. JGR stays at #1 and Team Penske hold at #2. Chip Ganassi Racing move up two places to #3. Hendrick Motorsports stay at #4. Stewart Haas Racing drops two spots to #5. The bottom half of the Top 10 also gets shuffled this week. Roush Fenway Racing stay at #6. Leavine Family Racing move up a spot to #7.  Wood Brothers Racing slip back a place to #8. Germain Racing stay at #9. JTG Daugherty Racing return to the Top 10 and Richard Childress drop out of the Top 10.

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. KURT BUSCH #1
  5. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  6. ERIK JONES #20
  7. KYLE LARSON #42
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. JOEY LOGANO #22
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

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

RACE PREVIEW

AAA 500

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

NOVEMBER 3rd, 3PM EST NBC-SN TV

1.5 Miles, 24 Degrees of Banking

Stages end after laps 85/170/344

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. Martin Truex Jr. is locked into the final Championship race with his win at Martinsville and Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin won’t soon forget that bump pass toward the end of the race and “discussion” after the race. This track is another that used to hang a sign that says “House of Roush”. In the 37 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 and is tied with Roush in total wins, they also have nine wins since 1997. But in the last ten years Roush has two wins and Hendrick has six. Advantage HMS. Also in the last ten years we have seen Joe Gibbs Racing get wins, seven as a matter of fact. Including the Denny Hamlin win here earlier in the year and the Kyle Busch win last year. Those are the three dominate teams. Who will dominate this year?  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.