TOP 30 DRIVERS

Top 30 DRIVERS:1000BULBS.COM 500 from TALLADEGA

  1. JOEY LOGANO #22
  2. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. KURT BUSCH #1
  5. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  6. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  7. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  8. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  9. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  10. KYLE LARSON #42
  11. KYLE BUSCH #18
  12. DANIEL SUAREZ #19
  13. PAUL MENARD #21
  14. ALEX BOWMAN #88
  15. TY DILLON #13
  16. JIMMIE JOHNSON #48
  17. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  18. CLINT BOWYER #14
  19. RYAN BLANEY #12
  20. BRENDAN GAUGHN #62
  21. CHRIS BUESCHER #37
  22. RYAN PREECE #47
  23. DAVID RAGAN #38
  24. MARTIN TRUEX JR. #19
  25. DARRELL WALLACE JR #43
  26. MATT DIBENNEDETTO #95
  27. DANIEL HEMRIC #8
  28. AUSTIN DILLON #3
  29. ERIK JONES #20
  30. COREY LAJOIE #32

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers for the 1000BULBS.COM 500 from Talladega.

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TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPE

TOP 10: SUPER SPEEDWAY TRACKS

  1. ARIC ALMIROLA #10
  2. RYAN NEWMAN #6
  3. JOEY LOGANO #22
  4. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  5. PAUL MENARD #21
  6. KURT BUSCH #41
  7. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  8. TY DILLON #13
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. CHRIS BUESCHER #37

Top 10 on Super Speedway tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 from Talladega Super Speedway.

TOP TEN DRIVERS BY TRACK TYPES

1000BULBS.COM 500

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

Oct 13, 2:00 PM CHARLOTTE TIME on NBC TV

2.66 Miles 33 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #5

Stages end after laps: 55/110/188

Ever since the last lap at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona drivers have had this date circled on their calendars and etched in their minds. Talladega Superspeedway is the fifth race in the Playoffs for the Monster Cup and the last of four super speedway races for the year. The super speedway tacks have a rules package that regulates how much air gets into an engine and how fast it can go. They are only used at two tracks: here and Daytona. Team Penske has the most wins in the last ten years with seven victories. Team Penske partner Ford has 11 total victories or 55% of the races here in the last ten years. Right now with a victory at Dover only Kyle Larson is locked into the field of eight drivers and will be in the Playoffs all the way to Phoenix. The next race will be a little easier for him. Drivers fear these races because it forces them to run very close together because the speeds are limited. This is the biggest track on the circuit and that often times leads to the biggest wrecks at any track. Drivers are all waiting for “The Big One” – a wreck that can take out one car or quite possibly half the field. When the cars get bunched up like they do here it only takes one car getting loose to start a huge chain reaction pile up. With only five races left in the Playoffs no one wants to get caught up in someone else’s mistake or misfortune. Many times drivers will partner up with a team mate or driver from one of the three different manufacturers and move thru traffic on the track together, nose to tail -“drafting” – and with a championship just four races away it will be interesting to see if old alliances stay intact due to team loyalties or if new ones are formed with drivers wanting to hook up with others they think can take them farther. And remember a win locks you into the Playoffs all the way to Phoenix. Will Ford’s recent dominance here continue? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers by on SUPER SPEEDWAY tracks like Talladega.

TOP 30 DRIVERS

Top 30 drivers in the Drydene 400 from Dover Int. Speedway.

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

Friday we break down the Top 5 drivers in the Drydene 400 from Dover.

TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS POST DOVER

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

Joe Gibbs Racing has been #1 for the last 14 weeks straight and most of the year so it should be no surprise that they’ll stay there even with the win from #42 Kyle Larson from Chip Ganassi Racing. JGR stays at #1 and Team Penske holds at #2 again this week. Stewart Haas Racing moves up a spot to #3. That move sends Hendrick Motorsports back a place to #4. The big Playoff win from Kyle Larson keeps Chip Ganassi Racing at #5. Leavine Family Racing stay at #6. Wood Brothers Racing go up a place to #7 and Roush Fenway Racing drop back to #8. Germain Racing stay at #9. Closely allied team Richard Petty Motorsports return to the Top 10 and that sends Richard Childress Racing out of the Top 10. spot to #10. 

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

TOP TEN DRIVERS byTRACK TYPES

TOP 10: INTERMEDIATE TRACKS

  1. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. KYLE BUSCH #18
  4. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  5. KURT BUSCH #41
  6. JOEY LOGANO #22
  7. ERIK JONES #20
  8. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  9. KYLE LARSON #42
  10. DENNY HAMLIN #11

Top 10 drivers on Intermediate tracks, Wednesday look for our Top 10 teams and Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers ranked for Sunday’s Drydene 400 from Dover Int. Speedway.

RACE PREVIEW

DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

DRYDENE 400

October 6th 2:30PM NBC TV

1 mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

PLAYOFF RACE #4

Stage end after laps 120/240/400

Coming out of Charlotte and the very first race on the Roval it is hard to maintain that same level of excitement and trepidation of Charlotte, but the Monster Mile at Dover comes pretty close. It is comforting to be back on an oval even here where the banking is high and things can happen very quickly. The sight lines are amazing in Dover. Just about wherever you sit you have a great view of the track. There is never a dull moment at the Monster Mile and the drama surrounding the Playoffs only adds to it. We saw four drivers get eliminated at Charlotte  #10 Aric Almirola, #6 Ryan Newman, #1 Kurt Busch and #20 Erik Jones. That just leaves us with a dozen drivers and just five teams represented down from six. Twelve drivers now know that in three races another three will be eliminated. Wins are one sure way to lock in to the next round leaving you safe in the knowledge you are good all the way to Phoenix. Who does well here? Hendrick Motorsports has won nine races here in the past ten years (45%) including six in the last six years. If you look at the Hendrick Motor Shop that is 11 wins in the last ten years (55%). Earlier in the year Martin Truex Jr. won here in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the fifrth Toyota win in ten years. The defending champion of the race is #9 Chase Elliott driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Chase had a big win on the Roval it will be fun to see him defend his win here last year on the Monster Oval. Can HMS maitain their dominance? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers by track type for Sunday’s DRYDENE 400 from Dover.