TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST TEXAS

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

 

Joe Gibbs Racing is #1 for the fourth week. Staying at #2 we see Team Penske. Hendrick Motorsports move up a place to #3. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #4. Furniture Row Racing drop two places to #5. Stewart Haas Racing move up a position to #6. Chip Ganassi Racing drop a place to #7. Roush Fenway Racing remain in place this along with  Richard Childress Racing. Richard Petty Motorsports hangs in the Top 10 again this week at #10.

 

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

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TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  3. MATT KENSETH #20
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. JOEY LOGANO #22
  8. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #31

 

Top 10 drivers on Flat tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Raceway.

RACE PREVIEW

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CAN AM 500

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

Playoff Race #9

What a place to help decide the Monster Energy Cup Championship, a 1 mile flat track:  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. #18 Kyle Busch and #4 Kevin Harvick are locked in with wins, #78 Martin Truex is also locked in by points so the other five drivers will battle for the last Championship spot. #2 Brad Keselowski has the final transfer position at the moment. #11 Denny Hamlin, #21 Ryan Blaney, #24 Chase Elliott and #48 Jimmie Johnson  have the bottom four spots and really need to win or finish in the Top 5.  Kevin Harvick who has won six of the last ten races appears to have the inside track on that win. In the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports has won 35% of the races here and cars with engines built by the Hendrick Motor shop have won 60% of the races. But #22 Joey Logano and Team Penske won here last year and in March we saw #31 Ryan Newman bring his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to victory lane. Advantage Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex 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 FIVE DRIVERS

Texas AAA 500 from TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

My #5 driver has kind of struggled here, #78 Martin Truex Jr. He has 23 starts, no wins and 3 Top 5’s (13%). But Martin has done well everywhere this year. But he is #1 hottest over the last six weeks, #1 in points and almost most importantly is ranked #1 on tracks like this. He finished 8th here in April.

 

The #4 driver has had his up and downs here but is a very good mile and a half-er, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 18 starts, no wins, and four Top 5’s. Brad is #3 ranked on tracks like this and is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

 

My #3 pick needs a big race to stay in the Playoffs, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 29 starts, no wins and seven Top 5’s. Kevin sits #4 in points and doesn’t want to get moved to the bottom four spots. Kevin is #2 rated on tracks like this and #8 hottest over the last six weeks. Kevin has four Top 5’s in the last six races here.

 

My #2 driver is the most recent winner on the circuit, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle comes into Texas with 23 starts, two wins and 11 Top 5’s. 48% Top 5! He is #3 hottest over the last six weeks and happy to be here where five of his last six races were all Top 5’s including a win in April of last year.

 

My #1 pick is the winning-est current driver and most recent winner here, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 28 starts here, seven wins, and 15 Top 5’s (54%). He has won six of the last ten races here in the lone star state. He is rated #5 on tracks like this, and has the #1 Average Finish at Texas. He is #7 hottest over the last six weeks. He needs to lock into the Chase with a win and I think he will.

 

Monday look for our preview of the CAN-AM 500 from Phoenix.

TOP 30 DRIVER RANKINGS

 

AAA 500:TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

  1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  2. KYLE BUSCH #18
  3. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  6. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  7. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  10. MATT KENSETH #20
  11. KURT BUSCH #41
  12. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  13. KYLE LARSON #42
  14. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  15. ERIK JONES #77
  16. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  17. RYAN NEWMAN #39

18, KASEY KAHNE #5

  1. CLINT BOWYER #14
  2. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  3. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  4. TY DILLON #13
  5. RYAN BLANEY #21
  6. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  7. DANICA PATRICK #10
  8. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  9. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  10. PAUL MENARD #27
  11. DAVID RAGAN #38
  12. MICHAEL MCDOWELL #95

 

Here are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s AAA 500. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

 

 

*STILL MUST QUALIFY

 

BOBBY LABONTE #47 BRIAN VICKERS #55 GREG BIFFLE #16

SAM HORNISH #9

JUSTIN ALLGAIER #51 CARL EDWARDS #19

AAA 500:TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. MATT KENSETH #20
  6. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  7. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  9. CARL EDWARDS #19
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  11. KURT BUSCH #41
  12. KASEY KAHNE #5
  13. RYAN NEWMAN #39
  14. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1
  15. KYLE LARSON #42
  16. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  17. A.J. ALLMENDINGER #47
  18. 18, GREG BIFFLE #16
  19. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  20. TONY STEWART #14
  21. ARIC ALMIROLA #43
  22. PAUL MENARD #27
  23. CLINT BOWYER #15
  24. DANICA PATRICK #10
  25. BRIAN SCOTT #44
  26. TREVOR BAYNE #6
  27. CASEY MEARS #13
  28. CHRIS BUESCHER #34
  29. RYAN BLANEY #21
  30. REGAN SMITH #7

 

Here are our Top 30 drivers for Sunday’s AAA 500. Friday we’ll break down the Top 5.

 

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MARTINSVILLE

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

 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing gets the win from Kyle Busch and stays at #1. With 33 races in the book and just three races remaining it is getting hard to make move moves on the chart. In fact absolutely no one changes place this week.  Will things change up in Texas? I think they will.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. MATT KENSETH #20
  5. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  6. DALE EARNHARDT JR #88
  7. KYLE BUSCH #18
  8. JOEY LOGANO #22
  9. CHASE ELLIOTT #24
  10. JAMIE MCMURRAY #1

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