Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson, Joe Gibbs Racing, matt kenseth, NASCAR, Team Penske

Dover

Harvick did it again last week.  Down in points and faced with possible elimination the weekend at Dover he pulled off a victory in New Hampshire and locked a spot in the next round.  His Chevy has been fast all year and he pushes his team hard.  A win was not really a surprise.

So what will happen at Dover.  One thing I can say with certainty is that the Gibbs Toyotas will be fast.  I know I really went out on a limb there but it had to be said.  The 48 has been dominant at Dover over the years and the 24 is running fast.  Don’t be surprised to see the 4 running up front again this weekend.  The tail end of the chase drivers are likely to remain back there.  There is a reason why they barely got in the chase, they are a little off from the Toyotas of Gibbs and the Chevys of Hendrick and SHR.  As I said last week the Fords of Penske are almost sneaky fast although I don’t see them winning this weekend at Dover.

OK so here are my predictions for this weekend at Dover

5  Chase Elliot

4  Kyle Busch

3  Kevin Harvick

2  Jimmie Johnson

1  Matt Kenseth

Yep, another Toyota in Victory lane.  This time its the 20 who in addition to having a very fast race car every weekend has the advantage of being able to pretty much do what he wants on the race track.

Just a guess, lets see what happens.

 

 

 

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New Hampshire

I was fortunate to attend the Fall race at NHMS a few years ago.  It’s a great place to watch a race!  The only thing better than New England in the fall is NASCAR racing in New England in the Fall!

So who will win this Sunday?  Last weekend we saw the Hendrick cars make a comeback of sorts and show a lot of speed they hadn’t displayed recently.  We also saw the Penske Fords run really well, which is flying under the radar a bit with all of the post race contoversy.  Of course the 78 had the best car, the most speed and won the race keeping the Gibbs and Toyota dominance going.  Although the actual Gibbs cars were a bit off.

They won’t be off this weekend but they won’t win.  Team Penske won’t fly under the radar this weekend.  You can’t do that from victory lane.  With both cars long locked into the race they’ve been looking to the chase for quite a while and it pays off this weekend.  Here’s my top 5.

5. Jimmie Johnson

4. Denny Hamlin

3. Joey Logano

2. Matt Kenseth

1. Brad Keselowski

Thanks for reading!  Let me know your thoughts.

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Chase Time

So here we go, the chase is on.  8 Chevrolets, 5 Toyotas, and 3 Fords are set to battle it out for the next 10 weeks for the Sprint Cup title.

Notice I didn’t break it down by driver but instead by manufacturer.  Let me tell you why.  I believe that the title will come down to two manufacurers.  Chevrolet and Toyota will be throwing everything they have at the title.  Let me break it down a little further.  Chevrolet will be putting most of its support behind Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliot, Jamie McMurray, and Kyle Larson.  Sorry Harvick and Kurt Busch, your teams move to Ford will prove to hurt you in the chase. You are leaving Chevy and Ford can’t help yet!

The Five Toyotas have been the class of the field this year with 11 of the 26 wins.  You can’t discount that! They have been dominant and there is no reason to believe they won’t continue to be strong in the chase.

Sonwhat will happen?  Here’s my prediction.  Jimmie Johnson will win this weekend at Chicago, close behind will be Kyle Larson in 2nd and Chase Elliot in 3rd.  Martin Truex will be the highest finishing Toyota in 5th.  NASCAR media will be going crazy.  Did they see the Chevy’s coming?  No, but now they will.

Just a guess!

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Left and Right

Aside from Martinsville my favorite racing is at the Sonoma and Watkins Glen!  I can’t even tell you why for sure but I can tell you I love it.  I would like to see one more Road race in Cup and that would be at Road America.  I love it when the Xfinity cars run there and think the Cup guys would put on a great show there as well.

Some day I will make it out to Sonoma to see a race but it won’t be this year.  I will be watching on TV when the following drivers finish in the top 5.

 

5  Kyle Bussh

4 Kurt Bush

3 Martin Truex Jr

2 Jimmie Johnson

1 Dale Earnhardt Jr

 

Thats right Jr Nation.  The man who was very vocal only a few short years ago about his dislike for road racing will pull in to Victory Lane for the first time ever at a road course and for the first time this year.  Jr. will, as always, will show up with a good car this weekend.  Unlike most weeks this year he will qualify up front, on the pole, and use that position to run up front most of the day.

Enjoy the wine Jr. and Jr. Nation.

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Here comes HMS

OK, I am a fan of Hendrick Motorsports.  I think what Rick Hendrick has built is incredible.  I also think Mr. H will see HMS surpass, by a large margin, 300 wins.

Monday proved why they are great.  When a team gets behind, and HMS did a little this year, you won’t see them make that up in the first few weeks.  Those cars have already been built.  It may be six weeks before you see the real improvement if at all.  That’s what we are seeing by HMS now.  Three cars in the top ten at the tricky triangle and the 48 ran up front most of the day.  Chase Elliot led over 50 laps!

Joe Gibbs racing better be looking over its shoulder and out in front of them at the same time.  Whatever edge they and Toyota had is starting to slip away.  Don’t get me wrong JGR and Front Row are still strong, just not out ahead anymore.

Add to the fact that Team Penske is strong and we are in for a real treat for the remainder of the year.

This is NASCAR and there will always be the haves and have nots.  However this year there are a lot of haves and they are really close competitively!

I can’t wait for Michigan!

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Pocono Prediction

Here we go to the Tricky Triangle.  Are you a little worried, after watching Martin Truex run away from the field last weekend, about what we may see this weekend in Pennsylvania?  Pocono does not often offer great racing and if there is the same kind of domination that we saw last week repeated it may be a very long afternoon.  Don’t worry we won’t.

So lets take a look at how things are likely to turn out.  First, is there a chance that we may have another first time 2016 winner?  Yes, but that list is very short.  The only drivers who have a shot to win who haven’t reached victory lane this year are Logano, and Kurt Busch.  Both drivers have been running well, have fast cars, and are ready to win.

Second, will Toyota continue their dominance?  Yes and no.  They will run strong and have several cars in the top ten (5) but they won’t be in Victory lane at the end of the race.  So who will?

Here are my top 5

5.  Martin Truex Jr.

4.  Denny Hamlin

3.  Brad Keselowski

2.  Kevin Harvick

1.  Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR continues to make adjustments to rules and setups to make sure there is parody, at least amongst the elite teams, and that nobody runs away and hides from the field.  Some recent adjustments to fans, intended to be used for cooling but may have been used to increase downforce, may have done just that.  Jimmie Johnson had the fastest car next to Truex last week.  Hendrick has been hard at work making Horse Power and Pocono is the ultimate Horse Power track with the longest straight aways on the circuit.  Toyotas will run fast but not fast enough for the power of the Hendrick Engines.  Chevy will run 1,2 this week.

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600 Prediction

This is the greatest weekend of the summer as far as I am concerned.  I am not a big F1 fan but I am an early riser.  I will be watching the Grand Prix of Monaco at 7:30 on Sunday morning.

I wasn’t a motorsports fan growing up but we always watched the Indianapolis 500.  It is an American institution and I won’t miss it this year.

Both of these races lead to one of NASCAR’s best events of the summer.  The Coca Cola 600.  The longest race of the summer.  Starts in the daylight and ends at night.  It is a true test of driver, crew chief, and equipment.  So who will win it this year?  Yesterday I wrote about Ford’s recent resurgence in the sport.  So will a Ford be in Victory Lane at the end of the race, no but they will be close.  Here is my top 5.

5.  Chase Elliot

4.  Carl Edwards

3.  Kyle Busch

2.  Joey Logano

1.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The sport’s most popular driver will get his first win of the season.  Hendrick Motorsports has been working hard this season to catch and keep up with JGR and this weekend will show they have done it.

Enjoy the racing.

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