NASCAR & Auto Racing

All about Chase consistency

That’s Racin’s David Poole ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series following the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (Rankings based on team performance and potential. Each team’s previous week’s ranking in parentheses:)

1. (1) Tony Stewart – car No. 20

Sixth or better in eight of his past 11 starts. That’s Chase-winning consistency there.

2. (2) Jeff Gordon – car No. 24

Has had first back-to-back finishes outside top 10 all year. Second at first California.

3. (6) Kurt Busch – car No. 2

The team on the move. Michigan dominance makes Busch a clear California favorite.

4. (4) Jimmie Johnson – car No. 48

Glad Bristol isn’t in Chase, since this team has one top 15 in the past five races there.

5. (3) Denny Hamlin – car No. 11

Put on happy face after engine volcano at Bristol. It was only his second career DNF.

6. (8) Carl Edwards – car No. 99

Jack Roush would be crazy to ever split Edwards and crew chief Bob Osborne again.

7. (5) Matt Kenseth – car No. 17

Back this week to the site of his only 2007 victory at California. Needs more of that.

8. (7) Kyle Busch – car No. 5

Bad call in Bristol Busch race a tough break. Imagine if that were a Cup Chase race.

9. (9) Martin Truex Jr. – car No. 1

Finished 14 laps before engine blew in first California race. Can’t afford that again.

10. (tie) (10) Kevin Harvick – car No. 29; (11) Jeff Burton – car No. 31 and (12) Clint Bowyer – car No. 07

Bowyer had the best Bristol among the Richard Childress Racing teammates, but all three teams seem to be biding time until the Chase starts. But can they turn it on then?



13. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr. – car No. 8

14. (14) Ryan Newman – car No. 12

15. (18) Bobby Labonte – car No. 43

16. (16) Greg Biffle – car No. 16

17. (15) Casey Mears – car No. 25

18. (19) Juan Pablo Montoya – car No. 42

19. (17) Mark Martin/Aric Almirola – car No. 01

20. (20) Robby Gordon – car No. 7

21. (21) Reed Sorenson – car No. 41

22. (30) Kasey Kahne – car No. 9

23. (22) Jamie McMurray – car No. 26

24. (28) David Stremme – car No. 40

25. (29) J.J. Yeley – car No. 18

26. (23) Tony Raines – car No. 96

27. (24) Dave Blaney – car No. 22

28. (31) Elliott Sadler – car No. 19

29. (25) David Gilliland – car No. 38

30. (26) Ricky Rudd – car No. 88

31. (27) Jeff Green – car No. 66

32. (33) Bill Elliott – car No. 21

33. (37) Paul Menard – car No. 15

34. (39) Kyle Petty/Kenny Wallace – car No. 45

35. (40) Scott Riggs – car No. 10

36. (34) David Ragan – car No. 6

37. (35) Johnny Sauter – car No. 70

38. (38) Ward Burton – car No. 4

39. (32) Brian Vickers – car No. 83

40. (36) David Reutimann – car No. 00

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