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.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

WATKINS GLEN

The #5 pick is a driver that finished in the Top 5 here last year, #20 Erik Jones. Erik has just two finishes here, the first was 10th place and the second was 5th. He is #5 hottest over the last six weeks and drives a Toyota who have won half of the last six races here.

My #4 driver to watch only has Top 5 finishes here, #41 Daniel Suarez. Daniel of course only has only two starts here. His first visit here two years was a 3rd place finish and last year he finished 4th. The big question is his team, his last two starts he was driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. This year he arrives in a Stewart Haas Racing Ford. Will that make a big difference? We won’t know till Sunday but we do know he knows how to get around on this track.

My #3 driver is a former winner here and the hottest driver, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 13 starts one win at the Glen and three Top 5’s.  He is #4 rated for me on road courses and #1 hottest over the last six weeks.  I don’t look for him to cool off here in the Finger Lakes region.

My #2 pick is another former winner and the top road course driver, #19 Martin Truex. Martin has 13 starts here, that win and five Top 5 finishes. He had a big win at Sonoma this year and of course won here last year on his way to the Championship. He has won here and at the other road course Sonoma Raceway. He is our #1 rated road course driver and is #4 hottest driver over the last six weeks.

The #1 driver is a two time former winner, #18 Kyle Busch. In his 14 starts here Kyle has two wins and six Top 5’s. Like Martin Truex Jr. he has won on both road courses. Be on the lookout for Kyle to make some gambles that take him to (or keep him in) the front of the pack. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks and ranked #2 on road courses. Kyle finished third here last year.

Monday look for my preview of the Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan International Raceway.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

GO BOWLING at the GLEN:WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. KURT BUSCH #1
  5. ERIK JONES #20
  6. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  7. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. RYAN BLANEY #12
  10. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  11. CLINT BOWYER #14
  12. DANIEL SUAREZ #41
  13. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  14. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  15. KYLE LARSON #42
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  17. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  18. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  19. PAUL MENARD #21
  20. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  21. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  22. TY DILLON #13
  23. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  24. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  25. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  26. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  27. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  28.  DAVID RAGAN #38
  29. MATT TIFFT #36
  30. RYAN PREECE #47

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST POCANO

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

Denny Hamlin gets fifth win at Pocano and his third win of the season and that helps keep Joe Gibbs Racing at the #1 spot again. Team Penske stays in the #2 place. Stewart Haas Racing moves up a place to #3 and that moves Chip Ganassi Racing back a spot to #4. Hendrick Motorsports stay in Top 5 at #5. Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Leavine Family Racing, Richard Childress Racing and  JTG Daughtery Racing all hold their positions this again this week.

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers in advance of the GO BOWLING at the GLEN, from Watkins Glen Int.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: ROAD COURSE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX JR #19
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. CLINT BOWYER #14
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  7. KURT BUSCH #1
  8. RYAN BLANEY #12
  9. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  10. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2

Top 10 Drivers on Road Course tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s GO BOWLING at the Glen from Watkins Glen International.