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The Pit Stop


June 7, 2007 4:51 PM

NEXTEL Cup Chase look after 13 races.

After 13 races I am going team by team ranking them from A to F.

Drivers that could not make the Chase, but are in:  Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Mark Martin

Drivers not in the Chase, but could get in:  Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Ryan Newman.

Biggest surprise so far-  Mark Martin

Biggest disappointment so far- The whole Michael Waltrip racing team

Hendrick Motorsports- A

This team has four drivers and they all have won at least one race this season.  Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson are at the top of the standings with a combined 7 seven wins so far.  Kyle Busch is still in the Chase for the Cup with a 10 place spot in the points and one win.  Casey Mears though is 27th in the points with one win.

Richard Childress- A-

Jeff Burton is 5th in points with one win and seven top-ten finishes.  Clint Bowyer Is 8th in the points and six top-ten finishes.  Kevin Harvick is ninth in the points with one win a five top-ten finishes this year.

Joe Gibbs Racing- B+

Denny Hamlin is fourth in points with eight top-ten finishes.  Tony Stewart is seventh in points and also has 8 top-ten finishes.  J.J Yeley is 19th in the points with one top five finish.

Roush Fenway Racing-B

Matt Kenseth has the lone win for the group, is third place in the points, and also has nine top-ten finishes this year.  Carl Edwards is sixth in the points with 4 top ten finishes.  Jamie McMurray is 14th in the points with five top-ten finishes.  Greg Biffle is 18th in the points with three top-ten finishes. The rookie David Ragan is 26th in the points with one top-ten finish.

Penske Racing- B-

Has one driver in the chase at this point of time which is Kurt Busch in 11th.  He has three top ten finishes at this point of time. Outside of the top 12 in points is Ryan Newman with 5 top ten finish and a 16th place in the points.

DEI – B-

This team has Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. just outside the top 12.  The team has one lone win by Martin Truex Jr.  The bad spot in the group is Paul Menard who is 40th in points with only 8 starts.

Ginn Racing –C+

Mark Martin is still in the chase while only racing ten times this year and has six top 10 finishes.  Sterling Marlin is having an okay year stuck 24th in the points with no top ten finishes.  Joe Nemechek is 32nd in the points at this point of time with only 12 races this year.  Regan Smith has raced only three times this year in the car that Mark drives with a best finish this season of 24th.

Hall of Fame Racing-C

They only field one car driven by Tony Raines.  He is 23rd in the points with a season best finish 13th.  Nothing special on this driver at all.

Petty Enterprises- C

Both drivers are in the top 30 in points with Bobby Labonte stuck in 17th place while Kyle Petty is stuck in 30th.  Both drivers have a top ten finish.

Chip Ganassi Racing C-

They have the leader in the rookie of the year standings Juan Pablo Montoya who is 22nd in points with a couple of top ten place finishes. David Stremme is 21st in points with only a couple top ten finishes this year.  Reed Sorenson is 25th in points and also has 2 top ten place finishes.

HASS CNC racing- D+

Jeff Green is 28th in the points with only two top ten finishes.  Johnny Sauter is 35th in the points with only one top ten finish.

Robby Gordon- D+

This single car driver/owner is struggling this year with a 31st spot in the points and only one measly top ten finish.

Evernham Motorsports- D+

Elliott Sadler is stuck 20th in the points with only one top ten place finish.  Kasey Kahne who was winning 6 races last year has no wins this season and is way back in the points to 29th place in the standings.  Scott Riggs has been in 12 races this year and is 36th in the points.

Robert Yates Racing- D

Ricky Rudd is 34th in the points with only one top ten finish.  David Gilliland is 33rd in the points with two top ten finishes.  Both drivers have made every single race this season so far.

Red Bull Racing D-

Although Brian Vickers has been only in 7 races he has a top five finish in a Toyota which showcases the car can have a great finish.  His teammate AJ Allmendinger has been in six races and has done nothing. Both are out of the top 35 in points.

Bill Davis Racing- F

Dave Blaney who has only been in 11 races this season has no top ten finishes and is 37th in points.  Jeremy Mayfield has no top ten finishes and has been in only five races so far.

Furniture Row Racing – F

Kenny Wallace has been in only 8 races with no top ten finishes.

Michael Waltrip Racing- F

This team is bad, real bad.  Michael Waltrip has been in only two races and took him 13 races to finally get positive in the points.  Dale Jarrett has used up all his past championship provisionals and has missed two races this season.  Davis Reutimanmn has made only 8 races this year so far.

Morgan-McClure Motorsports-F

Been in six races with no top ten finishes.

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