Here's how I grade NASCAR's top teams
Published 10:58 pm, Monday, August 31, 2009
I thought it would be fun to grade the top NASCAR teams' performances so far this season.
Let's start with Hendrick Motorsports.
Mr. Hendrick has three of his four teams making the Chase for the championship so far.
Gordon has one win, Johnson two, Martin four and Earnhardt zero. I'll give this organization a B. If Earnhardt were performing better, I would give Hendrick an A.
Next is Stewart-Haas Racing, which is more like an extension of Hendrick Motorsports since they use Hendrick-built chassis and motors.
Tony Stewart has three wins so far. Granted, one was the All-Star race that didn't award points, but it's still a win. Stewart is currently leading the points race.
His teammate, Ryan Newman, is seventh in points but has no wins although he has been knocking on victory lane's door every week. I give the team a B+ and, once Newman gets a win, that would change to an A.
Roush-Fenway Racing has five drivers: Carl Edwards is sixth in points, Matt Kenseth 12th, Greg Biffle 13th, Jamie McMurray 19th and David Regan 30th.
Kenseth won the Daytona 500 and at Fontana, being the only driver who has won from that camp.
Overall, I give its effort a C+ because two of the drivers are in the top 12 in points and Kenseth has the wins.
Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins so far, three with Kyle Busch and one with Joey Lagono. Denny Hamlin has yet to break into victory lane, but he is fifth in points. Kyle Busch is 10th and Lagono 20th. I guess I would give Gibbs a B for helping the rookie, Lagono, get a win.
Kyle Busch as an individual gets an F for his attitude. The way he treats the fans and the media is very disrespectful. He needs to learn it's a privilege to be racing at this level. As for his talent, he gets an A... Now I just hope he learns how to use it.
Richard Childress Racing is having one of its worst years ever. Childress doesn't have any wins and its highest ranking driver is Clint Bowyer in 15th. Jeff Burton is 17th, Casey Mears 22nd and Kevin Harvick 25th. I'm not sure what's going on there but I've never seen that organization struggle so much. They get a D for disaster.
Our local drivers all get a C, except for Peter Dance, who gets an A for his two wins.
Some of you may not agree with my rating system and that's OK. This is just my two cents.
nWhip City Speedway: Peter Dance (4). Lebanon Valley was rained out.
The Sprint Cup guys are off this weekend.