Can you hear it in the distance of the Irish Hills? It’s the sound of race car haulers for both NASCAR Sprint Cups Series and the ARCA Racing Series pulling into the Irish Hills and Michigan International Speedway.
The final sound, after the racing is done, is the winning car manufactures being able to pound their chest. It’s time once again for teams to show the manufacturers based around Michigan what they can do.
Bragging rights are on the line in the points standing and manufactures race.
The question is which teams and drivers will take advantage of racing in front of the bosses of auto manufacturing? This season there are only three manufactures represented in the Cup Series and one seems to be dominating the pack. Since Dodge pulled out of NASCAR (again) the three remaining brands are Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota.
Here’s how things break down with the manufactures points race so far. Chevy leads the pack with eight wins on the Sprint Cup 2014 season. They are followed by Ford with four wins so far. That leaves Toyota pulling up the rear with only two wins so far in 2014. Two wins, did you read that correctly? Yep, Toyota only has two wins so far in 2014. One of those wins came from Kyle Busch and the other from Denny Hamlin.
The Ford racing camp is represented by Joey Logano who won two races, Brad Keselowski, and Carl Edwards. The leader Chevrolet is well represented by the current point’s leader of Dale Earnhardt Jr with two wins followed by Jimmy Johnson and Kevin Harvick who both have two wins on the season. The other two Chevrolet wins came from Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.
Chevy is not on top and there’s a fourth brand running in the series. Dodge still is represented in ARCA by several race teams and they are running second in the manufacture standings for the series. Here’s how things shake out in ARCA heading into the race weekend at Michigan.
Ford is leading with three wins which all came from driver Grant Enfinger. Behind Ford in the second place spot is Dodge with two manufacture wins one of which came from Tom Hessert at Talladega Superspeedway. Next come both Toyota and Chevy with one win apiece in ARCA. The lone Chevy win came when Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Lawson ran, and won, the ARCA race at Pocono in order to get more seat time in at the track before the Cup race ran the next day.
That’s how the manufacture win list is going so far as Michigan approaches this weekend. It’s anyone’s guess who will win in either series however you can rest assured that every driver and team, and team accountant, hopes to do well in front of the brands that are represented on each car. For the record; eight different brands have won at Michigan over the years and Ford leads the pack with 34 checkered flags.
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