TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST TEXAS

  1. FURNITURE ROW RACING (LW #1)
  2. STEWART HAAS RACING (LW #4)
  3. TEAM PENSKE (LW #2)
  4. JOE GIBBS RACING (LW #3)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS(LW #7)

 

 

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

 

For the sixth week in a row Furniture Row Racing are in the #1 spot. Stewart Haas Racing which for the first time have all four drivers racing strong move from #4 to #2. Team Penske slid back a place to #3. Joe Gibbs Racing got the win with red hot Kyle Busch but they still lost one place this week falling to #4.  Hendrick Motorsports returns to the Top at #5 as many felt they would. How high can they go as a team? Only time will tell. Richard Childress Racing slide back a place to #6. Chip Ganassi Racing move up a place to #7. Wood Brothers Racing drop back two places to #8. JTG Racing hold steady at #9.  Richard Petty Motorsports also stay in place from last week at #10.

 

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

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TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

TOP 10 DRIVERS:  SHORT TRACKS

  1. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18

 

  1. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  2. JAMIE McMURRAY #1
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  5. CHASE EILLIOTT #9

Top 10 on short tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

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FOOD CITY 500

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

April 15th, 2 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

.5 MILES 30 DEGREES OF BANKING

“Racin’ the Way it Ought to Be” might have been invented by Bristol’s marketing department, but it sure rings true as this IS racing the way it should be. As companies plan to build new tracks, I hope they keep the size and the banking of this track in mind. While there are other short tracks, this is THE short track: 1/2 mile in length and 30 degrees of banking make this the best door-to-door racing of the season. If your car isn’t beaten up at the end of the day, then you ain’t racing. New this year we’ll see the race run in three stages 125 laps in stage one & two, 250 laps in stage three. In the last ten years Joe Gibbs Racing has the most wins with nine. Kyle Busch has five of those. His teammate Denny Hamlin has one. Recently departed team mates Carl Edwards had one and Matt Kenseth had two. The closest team is Team Penske with four wins in the last 20 races. Will JGR domination continue here? We’ll see on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers on Short Tracks.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST MARTINSVILLE

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

 

  1. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (LW #7)
  2. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (LW #8)
  3. CHIP GANASSI RACING (LW #6)
  4. JTG RACING (LW #9)
  5. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (LW OFF)

 

 

For the fifth week in a row Furniture Row Racing are at the #1 spot. Team Penske stay at the #2 place. Stewart Haas Racing with more wins than any other teams move up one place to the #3 spot.  Joe Gibbs Racing drop a spot and go to #4. remain in the #3 spot. Richard Childress Racing stay in the Top 5 again this week at #5. Wood Brothers Racing move up a place to #6. Hendrick Motorsports also move up a spot to #7. Chip Ganassi Racing drop down two positions to #8 after a tough race in Martinsville. JTG Racing stay at #9 and Richard Petty Motorsports re-enter the Top 10 this for the first time this year. Roush Fenway Racing drop out of the Top 10 for the first time this year.

 

Thursday look for out Top 30 drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

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

Top 10 on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 driver rankings for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas.

RACE PREVIEW

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O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

APRIL 8th, 2:00 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX SPORTS 1 TV

1.5 MILES, 24 DEGREES of BANKING

It’s time for an action-packed, high-banked mile & a halfer and Texas Motor Speedway is just the place. Texas is very similar to Atlanta and Charlotte Motor Speedway, but unlike those tracks, this one flattens out very quickly after turn two.  Or I should say used to because the banking has been reduced in turns 1 & 2 and the entire track has been repaved. The wide, flat back straightaway still makes for great passing. In the last ten years or twenty races Chevrolet has eight wins to Ford’s six and Toyota’s five.  Leading the charge for Chevy we have Hendrick Motorsports who have seven of those wins. Jimmie Johnson has six of those Hendrick Motorsports wins. Will Chevy and HMS dominance continue? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday April 3rd look for our Top 10 drivers on intermediate tracks.

TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH

STP 500 from MARTINSVILLE

 

Since Rusty Wallace won the spring race here in 2004 only ten drivers have won at this track. That’s 27 races & only ten different winners and 17 of those motors came from one place, Hendrick Motorsports.

My #5 driver to watch is having a rough start to his season, #48 Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie currently sits 18th in points, not where the 7X champ thought he would be. Here, he has 32 starts, nine wins, and an incredible 19 Top 5’s. Every race but eight was a Top 10 finish. His last Martinsville win came in the Playoff race in 2016, helping to give him the #1 highest-average finish here.

The #4 pick only has one win here compared to Johnson’s nine, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has four Top 5’s in 33 starts and that win in spring of 2011.  He is #2 rated on short tracks and sits #5 hottest over the last six races.

My #3 driver is trying to break into that group of winners, #78 Martin Truex. Martin is #1 hottest coming out of California and #1 in points. He has 24 starts, no wins and just three Top 5 finishes. Amazingly he finished 2nd here in the October race last year.

The #2 pick has struggled here at Martinsville, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has 16 starts and only six Top 5’s. Brad is only getting better here:His last  four straight races here were Top 5’s including a win in this race last year. Brad comes in here #6 hottest over the last six races.

My #1 pick is the most recent October race winner at Martinsville, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 24 starts, two win’s, and 12 Top 5’s. His last five starts were all Top 5’s and his last ten were all Top 15’s. He is off to a winless start to the season, he sits #2 in points and #2 hottest, Kyle is looking for a big win on this little track.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday look for our preview of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas.