TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS PRE SEASON 2019

  1. TEAM PENSKE (Last Year #2)
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING (Last Year #4)
  3. STEWART HAAS RACING (Last Year #1)
  4. CHIP GANASSI RACING (Last Year #7)
  5. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS (Last Year #5)

 

  1. WOOD BROTHERS RACING (Last Year #8)
  2. ROUSH FENWAY RACING (Last Year #10)
  3. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (Last Year #6)
  4. GERMAIN RACING (Last Year #11)
  5. JTG RACING (Last Year #9)

 

For the pre season rankings we go off of last year’s results; who looked good all season long and who looked good toward the end of the season. Team Penske sitting at #1 had all three drivers in their lineup in the playoffs last year, all three finished Top 10 in points and all three drivers won races last year. Six of the teams in the Top Ten had drivers changes at the end of 2018. Team Penske is one of the four who keep their lineup intact, another reason they are in the top spot not #2 where they ended the year. Joe Gibbs Racing is #2,  up two places from the end of last year. Yes they lost driver Daniel Suarez but they did gain Martin Truex. Stewart Haas Racing ended the year at #1 but they have a reshuffled driver line up again this year. Kurt Busch is gone, it appears that Daniel Suarez will be in the #41 so they still look strong at #3. At #4 we find Chip Ganassi Racing. They ended the year at #7. Jamie McMurray is out of the #1 car and Kurt Busch is in. The combo of past champion Kurt Busch with probable future champion Kyle Larson moves them up three places. Hendrick Motorsports sit at #5 just where they ended last year. They should show improvement, how much though is unknown. Wood Brothers Racing are the only single car operation in the Top 6. They move up two places mainly because driver Paul Menard, who was new to this team last year, showed marked improvement in his last ten races compared to the first ten races with the team. Roush Fenway Racing finished last year at #10. We have them up three spots at #7 this year mainly due to the fact that the #6 car last year had two drivers sharing duties that led to less than great results. This year we see veteran Ryan Newman who came over from Richard Childress Racing where he finished the year at #17 seven places above the where the #6 finished the year. Look for improvement in the #6 car. Richard Childress Racing ended the year at #6 but we have them ranked at #8 to start the year. That is based mainly on the loss of Ryan Newman. Ryan will be replaced by rookie Daniel Hemric. Daniel is a very promising but he is still a rookie and very hard to accurately access his strengths. Germain Racing ended the year just out of our Top 10 but start the year at #9 partly based on the fact that the relationship between Germain and Richard Childress Racing is getting even closer. Germain starts the year moving their operations to Welcome NC, home of RCR. Lastly we have JTG Racing at #10. They ended their year at #9 but they did lose veteran driver A. J. Allmendinger and gained rookie Ryan Preece. Like Daniel Hemric it is hard to predict how a rookie will do, but also like Daniel, Ryan’s future looks bright.

 

Tomorrow look for out Top 30 Drivers in advance of Sunday’s Daytona 500.

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