TOP 30 DRIVERS

TOP 30 DRIVER POWER RANKINGS

CONSUMERS ENERGY 400:MIS

 

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

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers in Sunday’s CONSUMERS ENERGY 400 from Michigan International Speedway.

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TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST WATKINS GLEN

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

 

 

For the seventh week in row we find Furniture Row Racing at #1. Stewart Haas Racing stay in place as does Joe Gibbs Racing. Team Penske move up a place to #4. Chip Ganassi Racing move also move up a spot to get into the Top 5. Hendrick Motorsports get the win from Chase Elliott and move back two spots. They had a great week as a team but the weeks leading into this race have come back to hurt them. Watch them return to the Top 5 very soon. Wood Brothers Racing stay at #7.  Richard Childress Racing hold their position this again this week along with Roush Fenway Racing. Lastly we find JTG Racing at the #10 place.

 

These are the Top 10 Teams, Thursday look for our Top30 drivers in advance of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan Int Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS by TRACK TYPE

 

TOP 10: DOWNFORCE TRACKS

  1. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  2. MARTIN TRUEX #78
  3. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  4. JOEY LOGANO #22
  5. KYLE BUSCH #18
  6. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  7. KYLE LARSON #42
  8. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  9. KURT BUSCH #41
  10. JAMIE MCMURRAY #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

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CONSUMERS ENERGY 400

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

AUGUST 12th, 2:30PM ET on NBCSN TV

2 Miles 18 Degrees of Banking

 

 

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 ten. Four of those came from Hendrick Motorsports and eight have come from the HMS engine shop. Ford and Toyota have each won five races. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson has won three of the last four 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

WATKINS GLEN

The #5 pick is a driver that has won in here and in Sonoma, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 17 starts, one win, and three Top 5’s. He is #3 rated for me on road courses and is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #4 driver to watch is a former winner here, #22 Joey Logano. Joey got his first road course win here three years ago. He has nine starts, that win in 2015 and three total Top 5’s. He is rated #4 for me on road courses and locked into the Playoffs, he’ll be running relaxed and confident.

The #3 driver is a two time former winner, #18 Kyle Busch. In his 13 starts here Kyle has two wins and five Top 5’s. 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 #3 hottest over the last six weeks and ranked #1 on road courses. Kyle finished seventh here last year.

My #2 driver has never won here, #41 Kurt Busch. Kurt has 17 starts at the Glen with just three of them being Top 5’s. He has won at the other road course in Sonoma, a big reason why he is #2 rated for me on road courses and #6 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #1 pick is the defending champion of this race, #78 Martin Truex. Martin has 12 starts here, that win and four 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 is my #1 hottest driver over the last six weeks and I don’t look for him to cool off here in the Finger Lakes region.

 

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

TOP 30 DRIVER RANKINGS

GO BOWLING at the GLEN:WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

 

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

 

 

 

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers to watch.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST POCANO

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

 

 

 

For the sixth week in a row we see Furniture Row Racing at the #1 spot. For four weeks in a row we saw zero change in the Top 10. That changes this week. The Top 3 remain the same even with a big win from Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch. Furniture Row Racing, Stewart Haas Racing and  Joe Gibbs Racing all closely locked together at the top. Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske swap spots this week. Could this be a better late than never surge from HMS? Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and Richard Childress Racing hold their positions this again this week. Roush Fenway Racing is starting to see the benefits of their mid season driver change and move up a spot to #9 this week. Lastly we find JTG Racing at the #10 place.

 

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.