Thursday, April 5, 2007

Taking A Look At The Nextel Cup Standings

With the off weekend for Easter upon us, it's time to take a look at the standings and see where we are after 6 races. We'll start with the top 15:

1. Jeff Gordon 966
2. Jeff Burton -28
3. Jimmie Johnson -60
4. Matt Kenseth -130
5. Kyle Busch -162
6. Denny Hamlin -190
7. Clint Bowyer -215
8. Tony Stewart -240
9. Carl Edwards -256
10. Kevin Harvick -279
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -289
12. Jamie McMurray -316
13. David Stremme -321
14. Elliott Sadler -327
15. Mark Martin -337

So the breakdown on this is a whopping 10 Chevys, 3 from Hendrick, 3 from RCR, and 2 from Gibbs. The 3 Fords belong to Roush Fenway with Dodges from Ganassi and Evernham. Somehow, the top 10 or so don't surprise me, with Bowyer a mild surprise. I certainly didn't think McMurray, Stremme, and Sadler would be where they are at this point. Perhaps one of the best stories was the first 4 races for Mark Martin in the #01 Army Chevy. It will be telling to see how well he and the team perform at Texas next week.

As of right now, I wouldn't overlook the next 10 drivers in the standings. Among them are Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, and Greg Biffle. Mixed in with those drivers are guys that people love to criticize for being "wild," but are performing respectably. I'm referring to J.J. Yeley, David Ragan, and Mr. Motorola Robby Gordon. Taking stock of teams that haven't done much of anything this year, we have the Yates Fords of Ricky Rudd and David Gilliland sitting pretty in... 29th and 30th. Casey Mears is a shocking 33rd, turning in his worst performance since his rookie season in the #25. Right behind him is Kasey Kahne, who will probably start driving Sadler's cars if Sadler keeps running well. Hey, it worked last year when he started driving Mayfield's old cars, maybe it'll work this year too. Johnny Sauter is sitting in the tenuous 35th position which can be argued as a remarkable achievement for a team that no one expected to do much of anything.

I really, honestly thought that Team Red Bull would be performing better than they are. Brian Vickers is a very solid driver and Doug Richert is a top-notch crew chief. A.J. Allmendinger has loads of talent. I expected them to be one of the teams that would have at least one car locked in to the field. I'm also disappointed with the #15 team and Paul Menard, who have made only 3 of the 6 races this year. Of course, I'm absolutely giddy watching the #55 going home week after week.

I think thats all I have to say, so I'll stop rambling. The only racing that I know is on is the annual Nashville Busch Series snoozefest.

1 comment:

Olde Typewriter (Vroom!) said...

Howdy Cat! Great blog...

I wonder in Kurt Busch has any regrets about leaving Roush?