TOP 30 DRIVERS

POCANO 400:POCANO

 

  1. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. ERIK JONES #20
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  8. KYLE LARSON #42
  9. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  10. RYAN BLANEY #12
  11. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  12. MATT KENSETH #20
  13. JOEY LOGANO #22
  14. CLINT BOWYER #14
  15. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  16. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  17. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  18. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  19. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  20. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  21. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  22. KASEY KAHNE #5
  23. TY DILLON #13
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  26. PAUL MENARD #21
  27. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  28. DAVID RAGAN #38
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. DARRELL WALLACE JR. #43

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch in Sunday’s POCANO 400.

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TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST CHARLOTTE

 

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  3. FURNITURE ROW (LW #4)
  4. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)
  4. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#9)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #10)

 

Stewart Haas Racing stay at #1 for the sixth straight week. Joe Gibbs Racing get the win and move up a spot to the #2 spot. Furniture Row Racing move up a place to #3. Team Penske drop back two places to #4. After all that shuffling Hendrick Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing,  Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing all remain in place this week.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Pocono 400.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MATT KENSETH #20
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  7. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. KURT BUSCH #41

Top 10 on Flat tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Pocano 400 from Pocano Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

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THE POCANO 400

POCANO RACEWAY
June 3rd, 2PM Charlotte time on FS 1 TV
2.5 Miles, Turn #1 14 Degrees, #2 8 Degrees, #3 6 Degrees of Banking

After 13 races it is time we visit the tricky triangle. Is this a road course, flat track, or a tri-oval? How about all of the above? Only 3 turns, yet each one is different. When you attend this race in this spectacular part of the country it is like watching a road course because you can’t really see every turn on the track. 400 miles and the longest straightaway on the circuit means it is a battle of horsepower and endurance: endurance of the driver in the heat and of the motor for over 400 miles. Again this year we have stage racing. This race will have the first two stages run in 50 lap segments, the final will run 60 laps. Two teams account for 55% of the wins in the last ten years. The Hendrick Motorsports crew has dominated here; they have six victories in the last 10 years. The HMS motor shop has eight wins in that ten year span. Right behind them we find Joe Gibbs Racing with five wins in the last ten years. Can these two teams maintain their dominance? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on flat tracks. Thursday we’ll have our Top 30 drivers in advance of the race at Pocono.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:Charlotte Top 5 Drivers to Watch

My #5 pick has never won here, #11 Denny Hamlin. But even with no wins, Denny had a fourth place finish in the October race last year and a fifth place finish in this race last year.  He has 25 starts, no wins and eight Top 5 finishes. Half of his Top 5’s have come in his last five starts. He will start third.

The #4 pick has horrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. He has 17 starts with a win in the fall of 2013 and just three Top 5 finishes. But, Brad is #4 in points right now and #4 ranked for me on tracks like this. Brad will start fifth.

My #3 driver is the current points leader and polesitter, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 27 starts here, no wins and 11 Top 5’s. He did finish in second place in this race last year. He is #5 ranked on tracks like this.

My #2 driver is the most recent winner here, #78 Martin Truex Jr. Martin won the 500 miler here in the Playoffs last year. Martin has 25 starts, two wins, and five Top 5’s. He is rated #1 on tracks like this, he sits #8 in points and is #16 hottest over the last six weeks. Martin will go off 15th.

My #1 pick is a three-time former-winner here and the polesitter of the All Star race, #4 Kevin Harvick. Yes, he has three wins, but in 34 career starts he only has eight Top 5’s…eight. He is ranked #2 for me on tracks like this and most importantly two of his wins came in the 600 mile May race. His last ten races have delivered six of eight career Top 5’s and two of his wins. He is on a huge hot streak here, if you combine that with his season leading five wins, that in my opinion, makes Kevin the man to watch on Sunday night in the Queen city. He sat on the pole here last year but this year he is “last row Joe” starting 39th.

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the AAA 400 from Dover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 30 DRIVERS

COCA-COLA 600:CHARLOTTE

 

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. ERIK JONES #20
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  10. KYLE LARSON #42
  11. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  12. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  13. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  14. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  15. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  16. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  17. MATT KENSETH #6
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  20. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  21. RYAN BLANEY #12
  22. PAUL MENARD #21
  23. KASEY KAHNE #95
  24. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  25. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  26. A. J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  27. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  28. TY DILLON #13
  29. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #34
  30. DAVID RAGAN #38

 

 

These are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s Coca-Cola (World) 600. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

TOP TEN TEAMS

POST ALL STAR RACE

  1. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #1)
  2. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  3. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  4. FURNITURE ROW (LW #4)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #5)

 

  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  2. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (LW #8)
  4. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW#9)
  5. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (LW #10)

 

With the All Star race over and all the screaming and shouting over we don’t feel it fair to change the Top Teams chart for the week. It was a race about fun and money, or should we say money and fun? Either way it’s over and time to get back to business. Who can displace Stewart Haas Racing from the top spot?