CJ may have picked up the win in Sunday night’s rain marred Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway, his 6th win of the season, but it was Eric who picked up the high point total for the week with netting 230 of them last Sunday.
CJ had 1-2 in the running order prior to the caution that altered the race. That allowed Eric’s drivers some new found glory as he finished 2nd (Kurt Busch), 4th (Kyle Larson), 5th (Ross Chastain) and 6th (Denny Hamlin) for 4 of the top 6 finishers among his 7 driver team. Joey Logano finished 9th to give him 5 of his 7 inside of the top 10 which is why he chopped more points off Greg’s lead and now trails by just 40 heading into Sunday’s race at Road America.
CJ now trails by 160 by virtue of finishing 2nd last week with the standings now a coin flip.
As far as this weekend, the odds are favorable again if you avoid Hendrick Motorsports. However, they’re finally dropping into our favor. As an example, entering 2022, HMS had won won 9 of the last 11 overall road course races. They went 1-2 in COTA, 1-2 in Sonoma, 1-2 in Watkins Glen and 3-4 in Indy just last year. This season though?
They were 2-1 and 3-1 heading into COTA but finished 2-4-12-29. For Sonoma, a track they beat the brakes off the field of in 2021, they finished 8-9-15-16.
That’s why you can get them at where you can right now. But do you trust them?
Same for Joe Gibbs Racing. If you combine them with HMS, had combined to win 11 of the last 14 road course races in that span. Throw in Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.) who was aligned with JGR, these three teams have won 14 of the last 18 road course races coming into 2022. The only ones they didn’t win was when Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) was victorious in 2018 on the Charlotte ROVAL when Truex was crashed in the final turn on the final lap as well as AJ Allmendinger stealing the way at Indy last August when Denny Hamlin was spun while leading coming to the white flag or else it would be 18 straight.
They’re 0-for-2 this season with Trackhouse Racing winning both.
JGR looked fast again on Sunday in Nashville but have plummeted down the board on road courses as I don’t expect much out of them on Sunday.
That’s why you have to dig a bit deeper this weekend to find a winner but if you can find it, you’ll be rewarded handsomely.
1 TEAM GDP – 3,465 points (4 wins)
R Blaney… 600 (1 win)
A Bowman… 545 (1 win)
C Bell… 425
C Briscoe… 360 (1 win)
R Stenhouse Jr…105
Waived/Traded Drivers… (770; 1 win)
2 TEAM ERIC – 3,425 points (8 wins)
D Hamlin… 600 (2 wins)
J Logano… 560 (2 wins)
R Chastain… 545 (2 wins)
A Almirola… 410
D Suarez… 390 (1 win)
Kurt B…255 (1 win)
Waived/Traded Drivers… (275)
3 TEAM CJ – 3,305 points (6 wins)
Kyle B… 705(1 win)
C Elliott… 605 (2 wins)
A Cindric… 570 (1 win)
W Byron… 415(2 wins)
M Truex Jr… 415
A Dillon… 390
E Jones… 150
Waived Drivers… (55)
5/16 (After Race 13/Kansas)
Team GDP waives J Haley (0 points) for R Stenhouse Jr.
5/9 (After Race 12/Darlington)
Team GDP waives B Keselowski (210 points) for J Haley.
4/25 (After Race 10/Talladega)
Team CJ waives H Burton (55 points) for E Jones.
3/15 (After Race 4/Phoenix)
Team GDP waives D Wallace (200 points) for C Bell.
3/14(After Race 4/Phoenix)
Team ERIC waives C Bell (35 points) for R Chastain.
3/2(After Race 2/Fontana)
Team GDP waives C Buescher (30 points) for C Briscoe.
3/29 (After Race 6/Texas Road) Team GDP Acquired K Harvick (120 points) and T Reddick (120 points) from Team ERIC forK Larson (170 points, 1 win) and Kurt B (160 points).
Weekly Race Points Standings
Week 18 Nashville
1 ERIC 230
2 CJ 180
3 GDP 120
Driver Standings (Top 10)
1 Kyle B… 705 (CJ)
2 C Elliott… 605 (CJ)
3 R Blaney… 600 (GDP)
3 D Hamlin… 600 (ERIC)
5 A Cindric… 570 (CJ)
6 K Larson… 560 (ERIC)
6 J Logano… 560 (ERIC)
8 A Bowman… 545 (GDP)
8 R Chastain… 545 (ERIC)
10 K Harvick… 510 (GDP)