Tag:NASCAR
Posted on: July 17, 2010 8:44 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 8:49 pm
 

Race for the chase with 2 Mulligans

NASCAR is talking about making changes to the chase.  Well my idea for changes would be to make changes to both the chase and the race to the chase.  And what I would implement is Mulligans.  2 Mulligans for the regular season and 1 for the chase.  Think about it, If the drivers could drop 2 races during the regular season it could make the race for the chase more interesting coming down the wire.  More interest would mean bigger turnouts and bigger ratings.  Right now you have maybe positions 10 - 15 fighting it out for a spot in the chase going into the last 3 or 4 races.  Now you could have positions 8 - 20 in that battle.  I did a spreadsheet for the regular season points and then one for the Mulligans there is a small differences, but the 20th place driver is within 180 points with the mulligans instead of being over 220 points out.  Difference is between positions. 

I'll try to update this weekly to show the changes in the standings with the mulligans;  Here's the results as of Chicago.

Driver                                          Points                  Difference                        

<colgroup span="1"></colgroup><col style="width: 100pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 4864;" span="1" width="133"></col>Kevin Harvick                       2745                                     
Jeff Gordon                         2642                  -103             
Jimmie Johnson                   2557                  -85                     
Denny Hamlin                      2542                  -15                   
Kurt Busch                           2524                  -18                                         
Kyle Busch                           2488                  -36
Jeff Burton                           2465                  -23
Matt Kenseth                       2446                   -19
Tony Stewart                        2389                  -57
Carl Edwards                        2345                  -44
Greg Biffle                           2292                  -53
Clint Bowyer                         2286                  -6
Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 2271                  -15
Mark Martin                         2249                  -22
David Reutimann                 2190                   -59
Ryan Newman                     2187                    -3
Kasey Kahne                       2166                   -21
Jamie McMurray                   2105                   -61
Joey Logano                       2103                    -2
Martin Truex Jr.                   2060                   -43
Juan Pablo Montoya            2044                    -16
A J. Allmendinger                2021                    -23
Paul Menard                       1981                    -40
Scott Speed                        1838                    -143
David Ragan                       1836                    -2
Brad Keslowski                    1830                    -6
Elliott Sadler                       1750                     -80 
Marcos Ambrose                  1739                    -11
Sam Hornish Jr.                   1695                   -44
Regan Smith                       1599                   -96
Bobby Labonte                    1467                   -132
Robby Gordon                     1383                   -84
Travis Kvapil                       1303                   -80
David Gilliland                     1260                   -17
Kevin Conway                      1190                   -70

Difference between 8 and 20 (386 points)

Now what the points would look like with 2 Mulligans

Driver                                           Points                    Difference
Kevin Harvick                        2621
Jeff Gordon                          2495                 -126
Jimmie Johnson                    2442                 -53
Denny Hamlin                       2408                 -34
Kurt Busch                            2408                   0
Kyle Busch                            2394                 -14
Jeff Burton                           2306                 -88
Matt Kenseth                        2289                 -17
Carl Edwards                         2235                 -54
Tony Stewart                         2232                 - 3
Clint Bowyer                          2188                 -44
Greg Biffle                            2146                 -42
Dale Earnhardt Jr.                  2137                  -9
Mark Martin                           2127                 -10
David Reutimann                   2098                 -29
Ryan Newman                       2071                 -27
Kasey Kahne                         2059                 -12
Jamie McMurray                     2004                 -55
Joey Logano                         1985                  -19
Martin Truex Jr.                     1972                  -13
Juan Pablo Montoya               1943                 -29
A.J. Allmendinger                   1920                 - 23
Paul Menard                          1850                  -70
David Regan                          1735                 -115
Brad Keslowski                        1720                -15
Scott Speed                           1716                 -4
Marcos Ambrose                     1647                 -69
Elliott Sadler                           1632                -15
Sam Hornish Jr.                      1588                -44
Regan Smith                         1504                -84
Robby Gordon                        1383               -121
Bobby Labonte                       1381                -2
David Gilliland                        1260                -121
Travis Kvapil                           1243                -17
Kevin Conway                         1190                -53     

Difference between 8th and 20th (317 points)           
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Chase, NASCAR
 
Posted on: July 9, 2009 8:29 am
 

Mikeyfan's Mid Season Report Card - Toyota

Ok, here it is Toyota time, How will I rate myself?

Starting off with Joe Gibbs Racing:

Here was the pre-season outlook:

Outlook for Joe Gibbs Racing   You can lock in Kyle Bush and Denny Hamlin into your chase picture.  These two team are solid and should have another solid year.  The question remains the 20 car.  They are a wild card to make the chase, but I think Zippy and the gang should be happy with a solid top 20 run this season and think about the chase at a later time.  The biggest question for Joey is will we see the Joey we saw in the Nationwide series or the one that struggled in the cup series?

Well Kyle and Denny seem to be pretty much in the Chase with Kyle in 8th and Denny in 6th, however, either one can still fall out with some bad racing luck.  Joey on the other hand has pulled himself up to 20th place after a slow start.  Joey even won a rain shortened race this year.

GRADE - "A-"  I'm giving myself an "A-" only because the chase is so tight right now.  But for the most part I think I hit this prediction pretty good.

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  Look for Kyle and Denny to both make the chase and give a solid run for the title come chase time.

Next up Red Bull:  Here is their preseason outlook:

Outlook for Red Bull Racing  I see Brian Vickers as having a chance to sneak into the top 12 and make the chase, The bigger question is can he win a race for Toyota and Red Bull this season.  As for Scott Speed he needs to worry about staying in the top 30 this year, make every race and learn the tracks and drivers.  If he starts pressing to run with the "big dogs" he could find himself in the go or go homers after 5 races.

Although Brian is having a good season and has just resigned with Red Bull, it looks like he is going to come up short on the chase and the win?  Well, he has had a couple of strong runs only to have something happen to knock him out of the running.  As for Scott, well he has missed 3 races and is the go or go homers.

GRADE- "B+"  Although I was pretty much right on, on both drivers I gave myself a "B+" because of Brian falling short in the chase department.

Outlook for the remainder of the season: Brian just may get that elusive win for Red Bull, but Scott needs to step it up a bit.  Also, look for some sort of disarray as Red Bull tries to decide if they are going to stay with Toyota or go with Chevy next season. 

Next Up MWR This is the one everyone is waiting for:  Wink

Their preseason outlook:

Outlook for Michael Waltrip Racing I think the outlook is positive for MWR this season.  Look for Both David and Michael to have cars in Victory lane and both viaing for the chase.  I see a top 20 for both the 00 and the 55 and look for the 47 to have a good top 25 season.

This has been a fairly strong Season for MWR,  David is viaing for a chase spot, got his first win and the first win for MWR and Marcos is having a stronger year than most predicted and is sitting 18th in the points.  The only downfall was Michael, who after a strong start has dropped out of the top 30 in points. 

GRADE: "C+":  I gave myself a "C+" because of how Michael has run, if he had been higher or I wouldn't have been over excited at the beginning of the year I probably would have done better here.  The grade could have been higher but I down graded it because of my loyality to Michael I didn't want everyone to think I went too high.

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  Look for David to make the chase and for Marcos to keep hold of his top 20 standings.  Hopefully, with the signing of Martin Truex Jr. to drive the NAPA 56 next season, Michael will be able to relax and have more success.  I still say he will win a race this year. 

 

Last is Robby Gordon and the rest:  I am going to combine Robby with the rest and grade myself on the total group:

Outlook for Robby Gordon Racing Robby should finish somewhere between 22nd and 30th in points.  As always he will be a force on the Road Courses.

27 Kirk Shelmirdine - Kirk has done well in the past qualifying on the plate tracks but don't expect him to last the season.

34 Tommy Baldwin Racing - Tommy has Scott Riggs as a driver and has a solid chance of making the top 35.  A new team with a craft veteran crew chief as owner.  This team could surprise and end up in the top 30 by seasons end.

41 Jeremy Mayfield - Jeremy is starting his own team and has solid sponsorship with "Big Red" Soft drinks.  Jeremy is a good driver and could end up in the top 35 by seasons end.

64 Todd Bodine - "Cue Ball" is moving up from the trucks to tackle the Cup series once again.  If he has the proper backing and lands sponsorship he could contend for a top 25 spot.

66 Prism Motor Sports - With Terry Labonte and Dave Blaney driving for this team I hope they do well.  I like both drivers but with Phil Parsons just starting out this team will struggle making the top 35.  I hope they end the season in the top 35.

87 Joe Nemechek - After being ousted from Furniture Row, Joe is going to try it on his own.  I don't see him making it through an entire season, unless he can find some major sponsorship.

 Well Robby was a little high in my preseason predictions but everyone else is pretty much spot on.  With that I give myself:

GRADE: "B":  I over reached a little on Robby and a couple of other teams saying they had a chance at a top 35 spot so I downgraded myself to a "B".

 

Well there you have it Let me know how you think I did.

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: JGR, MWR, NASCAR, RBR, Toytoa
 
Posted on: July 8, 2009 6:48 pm
 

Mikeyfan's mid season report card (Ford)

Well, I got a lot of comments on my chevy Grades,  So let's see how I grade myself for the Ford Teams.

Starting with Roush Racing here is what I predicted:

Outlook for Roush Racing - With Carl Edwards and his talent Roush Racing should contend for the championship, the question really is how many cars with Roush field in the Chase.  This is Fords only hope in NASCAR and therefore, I see all the engineering help from Ford going to this team.

Roush currently has their three mainstays in the chase in Carl, Matt and Greg,  Jamie is in 19th but David is having a rough time in 30th.
So I think I did pretty good, Initially I said 2 drivers with Carl and Matt with Greg the wild card.  The wild card this year is RCR and their troubles.

Grade:  B:  I gave myself a B because anyone of the 3 could fall out of the chase with the points being this close and Carl not having won a race could be considered a major upset at this time.

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  Matt and Greg are the most vunderable for missing the chase and I think one of them will.  Roush seems to be a step behind where they were this time last year.

Next up Yates Racing

Here is what I had to say:


I pretty much nailed this one,  Bobby is sitting 27th in points and Paul is 31st.  Maybe they should have kept Travis Kvapil.

Grade:  A:  With these 2 struggling like I predicted I gave myself my first "A"

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  I don't see any improvement from this team and it's a shame because Yates used to be the powerhouse Ford team in NASCAR.

Last was the Wood Brothers and my prediction for them:


The outlook for the Wood Brothers is still the same but I will admit Bill Elliott has run fairly well when they do enter a race. 

Grade:  B:  I gave myself a "B" because we still haven't seen what is going to happen with this team in the future.


Well, there you have it my mid season report card for Ford.  How did I do?  Let me know

Outlook for Wood Brothers Racing   The Wood Brothers are at a crossroads this year.  Will they survive the cutbacks and the economic down turn?  Will they be able to survive only running a part time schedule?  Will they be able to secure sponsorship for the future?  Only the future can really tell us, here's hoping this team does survive and we will see them compete for wins again in the near future.

 

Outlook for Robert Yates Racing - I don't see any team from this organization competing for a spot in the chase.  In fact if both cars stay in the top 25 and get the bonus money at the end of the season they will have accomplished a lot, as not only is the funding not really there but the manufacture support will be at Roush and very little if any will be passed down to RYR.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: July 7, 2009 1:38 pm
 

Good Move On Mikeys Part

Well, for those of us who have rooted for Michael Waltrip, it is kind of a sad day as he announced that he is moving to a part time driver next season.  However, he also announced that Martin Truex Jr. Will be moving into the number 56 NAPA Toyota next year.  This in my opinion is a great move.  Martin is a 2 time Nationwide champion and has won a race at DEI.  He was in the chase in 2007 and I believe his struggles this year is basically do to him trying to secure a ride with a solid team for next season. 

The rumors have been flying since last year that Martin would be moving to a new team, with most speculating that it would be with Tony Stewart.  However, Michael made a move that was shrewed and opened the door to Martin.  That move was he hired Martin's little brother as a development driver.  You can tell Martin has a lot of love for his little brother just listening to him talk about his win at Watkins Glen and maybe the chance to race as a teammate with him was a clincher to move to MWR.  That and the fact that he sees the 00 running up front and viaing for a spot in the chase was all he needed.

For those who have not seen the MWR shop, if you ever get the chance take the tour.  All areas are open to the public to be seen except on area, the expermint booth.  They have guides to tell you what is going on, you can even say hi to the crew members and they will acknowledge you.  It is a first class shop and for it to be so well run and less than 3 years old shows, Michael did it the right way. 

So to Michael and Martin, I say good luck, Michael, you picked a great driver and I'm sure we will see that NAPA Toyota in victory lane next season. 
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: MWR, NASCAR
 
Posted on: July 7, 2009 7:07 am
Edited on: July 7, 2009 8:43 am
 

Mikeyfan's Mid Season Report Card - (Chevy)

Well, it's mid season so lets see how I grade myself on my preseason picks.  Also, please feel free to grade me too.

I'm starting out with Chevy just like last time.

Starting off with HMS and my pre-season prediction:

Prediction for HMS - HMS should have 3 cars in the chase again this year, maybe 4, JJ and Jeff should be a lock with either Dale Junior or Mark Martin the third party.


Well Jeff and JJ are locked in the chase and Mark Martin has been bouncing in and out of the top 12. The only disappointment is Dale Junior who is having a less than steller year.  

Grade: B+:  If Mark was in the top 12 at this time I might give myself an A - on this but never an "A" because of Dale's struggles.

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  Mark is in a fight for the Chase slot, and I'm not sure if he will make it or not.  It should be a great battle,  But with 3 wins already if he makes the chase those bonus points could give him a great push for a title.  IF HE MAKES THE CHASE.

 

Next up RCR:

Here was my presesaon prediction:

Prediction for RCR - RCR should have 2 cars locked into the chase and a third car should make it.  I don't believe they will get all 4 cars in the chase meaning either Mears or Bowyer will not make it.  This season could be a turning point for Casey as Richard's grandson is starting to make his way into the lower NASCAR circuits.

 

I missed this one by a mile.  Jeff and Clint have an outside chance to make the chase but it is likely that RCR will not have a car in the chase this year.  Kevins year has been a total disappointment and Casey, well he is driving like Casey a 15 - 20 place driver. 

Grade:  D - : Just Because Jeff has an outside shot at the chase keeps me from an "F"

Outlook for the remainder of the season:  Richard needs to shake things up in the shop, and not just crew changes like earlier in the year. He needs to take a long look at his program and find out what is wrong.  His fight with GM for the money they owe him may be affecting this team more than we know.

Next up EGR

My Prediction:

Prediction for EGR - This is a team sorely in need for another full time sponsor for the 8 car.  It is possible that we may see this team close its door at years end.  Montoya and Truex Jr. should battle for a chase spot but right now I'm not sure either will make it.

 


Juan Montoya is currently in 11th place in the standings and would be in the chase if it started now.  Truex Jr on the other hand is struggling and if that has anything to do with his contract talks no one knows.  As predicted the 8 car had to be shut down because of lack of sponsorship.

Grade:  B , With Montoya fighting for a chase spot, currently in, and Truex having a bad year I gave myself a "B" although a C+ may be more appropriate.

Outlook for the remainder of the Season: Juan will continue to fight for a chase spot and Watkins Glen may be the race to put him in.  Personnelly I wouldn't mind seeing him and a couple of other mid level teams get in and bring the "Big Boys" down a notch.  Martin may be able to turn around his season after it is announced he is moving to MWR as that team can now relax and race.  Aric is poised to move into the 1/8 car next season after Martin leaves.

Last SHR:

Prediction for SHR  I believe Tony will struggle more this year than most will think.  Tony is a great driver and I am a fan of his, my number 2 driver behind Mikey, but I think he will have his plate full trying to keep his car in the top 20 and getting Ryan in the top 25.  Don't look for too much from this team.


Boy I couldn't have been more wrong on this pick nor could I have had such a change in heart for a driver.  Tony is sitting on top of the points and has 2 wins plus the All Star win,  Ryan is a solid 7th in the points and will probably make the chase.  I have flipped on my support of Tony based on his arrogance at Lowes with David Reutimann and the fact that SHR, in my opinion, is an extension of HMS and therefore is skirting the rules.  I know its my opinion and I have nothing to back me on this, but Logic tells me that when someone like Rick is up on Victory Lane with his arm around Tony like he is a teammate then something going on that isn't quite right.

GRADE:  F-  If there was ever a time for an "F -" this would be it.  I was so far off on this prediction that it is kind of a joke:

Outlook for the remainder of the season: It appears that Tony will make a strong run for the fourth title in a row for HMS, um, I mean a strong run for a title in his first season and Ryan will be strong in the chase.  I don't think Tony will win the title this year, but if he does then you can bet the press will be all over it proclaiming him the greatest owner/driver of all time, when he built absolutely nothing of his own. 

Well, there you have it.  I know I'll get bashed by the SHR comments and that's ok, Let me know how you would grade me and as always I would love to see your thoughts on the season and how its progressed so far with each team. 

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: EGR, HMS, NASCAR, RCR, SHR
 
Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:14 am
 

Mikeyfan's Pre-Season Predictions (Dodge)

Kasey Kahne is probably Dodge's best chance to make the chase. He is a young aggressive driver that can win races.  However, the question is can Dodge give him a car to compete with?  The rest of the Petty Lineup consist of drivers trying to prove they belong in Reed Sorenson and A.J. Allmendinger or trying to impress another owner and catch on somewhere else for 2010, Elliott Saddler.

Outlook For Richard Petty Motorsports

Kasey Kahne is Dodges best bet to get a car into the chase.  To me the bigger question for Petty Motorsports is will what happened between Elliott Saddler and Petty cause a riff in this team and destroy the 2009 season?

Penske Championship Racing

Kurt Bush is the top driver at Penske but has been a disappointment the past few seasons.  For being a Past Champion Kurt is looking more like his championship was a fluke and a product of the "Chase" instead of a champion that is capable of winning anytime out.  Kurt is Penske's best chance to make the chase but I don't see that happening, in fact I see Kurt ending the season somewhere between 18th and 22nd in points, unless Penske steps up their game a whole lot.  Roger also has David Stremme in the 12 car and should be happy if David can end in the top 25.  And is this the make or break year for Sam Hornish?  It should be. Sam was not in the top 35 his first year and finished outside the top 35 last year.  I don't see him making much progress this year.  So the question remains if Sam is struggling to stay in the top 35 by Daytona in July will Roger replace him with a young driver from the Nationwide or Truck series?

Outlook for Penske Championship Racing

The outlook for Penske is bleak to say the least.  I really do not see anyone on this team with a shot at the chase. Kurt has not been impressive the past couple of years, although I will say with Ryan Newman being gone that may help Kurt and his team as they should get the majority of Penske's attention

 

Well there you have it.  Mikeyfan's predictions.  I am showing 8 locks for the chase and the last 4 positions should be a shootout amoung as many as a dozen drivers.  This season should be fun.

Again, give me your take on all my blogs.  Thanks

Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:15 am
 

Mikeyfan's Pre-Season Predictions (Ford)

Ford Racing is down to Two Full Time Teams and they have cut their support to the truck series. Ford will be sporting their 2010 Ford Fusion and will also be using their new FR9 Engines.  Ford appears to have put all their eggs into the Roush Racing Basket, with that here is what I predict for Ford this season.

Roush Racing

Roush Racing should be a lock for 2 teams making the chase, the 99 of Carl Edwards and the 17 of Matt Kenseth, and could very well end up with 4 to 5 cars in the chase.  Greg Biffle had an impresive run in the chase last year but he is kind of a Wild Card as his aggressive driving style can get him into on track trouble and lose valuable points during the season.  David Regan had a very impressive 2nd year, finishing just outside of the chase at 13th in the points, David will also be a free agent after this season so he his fighting for a job.  Speaking of fighting for a job, Jamie McMurray is also in his last season under contract.  With Jack having to cut back to 4 teams Jamie appears to be the odd man out.  Rumor is that Jamie will move to either the Wood Brothers or Robert Yates but the question remains what has happened to this promising driver?

Outlook for Roush Racing - With Carl Edwards and his talent Roush Racing should contend for the championship, the question really is how many cars with Roush field in the Chase.  This is Fords only hope in NASCAR and therefore, I see all the engineering help from Ford going to this team.

Robert Yates Racing

Last season RYR did a yeomens job in keeping two cars in the top 30 with little to no sponsors, however, it was this lack of sponsorship that lead to major changes at RYR.  Paul Menard moved to RYR along with his Menard's Home Improvement sponsorship.  Paul will be driving the 98 Ford but he got the points from the 28 car insuring he is in the first 5 races of the season.  RYR then drew an alliance with Hall of Fame racing and their new driver Bobby Labonte replacing the 38 and getting the 38's points thereby insuring the 96 will be in the first 5 races.  RYR has announced Travis Kvapil will run the 28 car for the first 5 races this season and more if sponsorship can be found.  The problem is Travis will have to qualify his way into the show each of those first 5 weeks. 

Outlook for Robert Yates Racing - I don't see any team from this organization competing for a spot in the chase.  In fact if both cars stay in the top 25 and get the bonus money at the end of the season they will have accomplished a lot, as not only is the funding not really there but the manufacture support will be at Roush and very little if any will be passed down to RYR.

Wood Brothers Racing

It is a sad day as the Wood Brothers will not be racing a full schedule for the first time since 1973.  Of course in 1973 they won a championship with a part time driver by the name of David Pearson.  The Wood Brothers are scheduled to run 12 races this year with Part Time Driver Bill Elliott and possibly 20 races if sponsorship dollars can be found.  The Woods have stated they are going back to old school and trying to develop their own equipment and thier own data for a future comeback into full time competitive racing in the cup series. 

Outlook for Wood Brothers Racing

The Wood Brothers are at a crossroads this year.  Will they survive the cutbacks and the economic down turn?  Will they be able to survive only running a part time schedule?  Will they be able to secure sponsorship for the future?  Only the future can really tell us, here's hoping this team does survive and we will see them compete for wins again in the near future.

 

There you have it.  Ford's best bet is Roush Racing but is that a good thing?  Or should Ford try to build up other teams like RYR or WBR so they can attract more of the better drivers and all Ford teams being able to compete like the top 3 Chevy teams are able to compete against each other?  You decide

Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:35 am
 

Mikeyfan's Pre-season Predictions (Chevy)

I am going to do a blog on each of the major teams by manufacture.  This one will be on the Defending Champion Chevorlet.  Then I will do Ford, Toyota, and last Dodge.  Here's my take on the Chevy teams

Hendricks Motor Sports

The question with HMS is how many drivers they will have in the chase.  We know that Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon will probably be there, but the question is will Junior or Mark Martin be the third or will HMS actually get 4 drivers in.  I understand that Junior was running 3rd when the chase started, he was very consistent last year, however, I still have issues on his communication with his crew chief when it comes to the late stages of the race.  The question is was the regular season what we should expect to see from Junior or did what happen in the chase really show the state of that team.  The other big question is Mark Martin.  Here is a good driver that hasn't raced a full season the past 2 years.  Question is can he do well and make the chase in a car that did not make the chase last year or the year before.  Rick has seemed to always have an R&D car and the biggest question is what car will be his R&D car this year or will they finally all get it together.

Prediction for HMS - HMS should have 3 cars in the chase again this year, maybe 4, JJ and Jeff should be a lock with either Dale Junior or Mark Martin the third party.

 

Richard Childress Racing

This is Richards First year as an owner of 4 cars.  The past two seasons he has been able to get all 3 cars in the chase but will he do it again this year?  The 29 of Harvicks and 31 of Jeff Burton should be a lock to make the chase, the questions lie with Clint Bowyers move to a new team with a new crew chief, in the 33 car and can Casey Mears live up to his hype and make the chase with a crew that made it with a rookie and sophomore driver the last two year?

Prediction for RCR - RCR should have 2 cars locked into the chase and a third car should make it.  I don't believe they will get all 4 cars in the chase meaning either Mears or Bowyer will not make it.  This season could be a turning point for Casey as Richard's grandson is starting to make his way into the lower NASCAR circuits.

 

Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing

Will the merger of DEI and GR bring success or failure to the new team?  Both Truex Jr and Montoya have an outside chance to make the chase but for this organization the main question is can they field a 3rd full time team in order to keep Turex Jr. and more importantly Bass Pro Shop for another year?  It appears that John Andretti will be using the points from the 15 and will run full time with an alliance to EGR.  Will BASS Pro Shop recognize this alliance as a full filling thier agreement with EGR?

Prediction for EGR - This is a team sorely in need for another full time sponsor for the 8 car.  It is possible that we may see this team close its door at years end.  Montoya and Truex Jr. should battle for a chase spot but right now I'm not sure either will make it.

 

Stewart Hass Racing

Repeat after me:  Tony is not a teammate of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Mark Martin.  He does not race for Rick Hendricks and never will. Now with that out of the way......

Will Tony be successful on his own?  How will he do without Zippy in his corner to keep him under control?  These and many other questions will be answered the first half of this season and should prove interesting.  The other question is what chance does he and Ryan Newman have at making the chase?  Very little if you ask me.  I know most don't agree with me, with the exception of Hawks, most are in a wait and see mode.  But I cannot see Rick Hendricks selling equipment to Tony that will take money out of his pockets.  Tony is an outstanding driver and could win a race this year, (plate track being his best bet) but I look for Tony to finish somewhere between 15th and 20th in points with Ryan finishing outside the top 25.  New team, growing pains and not building their own equipment will hurt this team this year.  Hopefully, Tony is getting things set up to start building his own in the future.

Prediction for SHR

I believe Tony will struggle more this year than most will think.  Tony is a great driver and I am a fan of his, my number 2 driver behind Mikey, but I think he will have his plate full trying to keep his car in the top 20 and getting Ryan in the top 25.  Don't look for too much from this team.

Well there you have it.  I have covered all the major Chevy Teams now it is your turn to let me and others know what you think.

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Chevy, EGR, HMS, NASCAR, RCR, SHR
 
 
 
 
 
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