By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on November 28, 2017 | 9:47 A.M. EST
MRN’s Pete Pistone presents the top 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams with the division now completed and it’s no abruptness who’s No. 1. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series division has appear to a abutting and these are the top 10 teams afterwards the final checky banderole flew.
Furniture Row RacingA breeze acknowledgment to Martin Truex Jr.’s championship division and the agitative numbers he put on the board. MTJ won eight times including the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 to win the appellation and denticulate 19 top-five finishes in 36 races. But don’t balloon what Rookie of the Year Erik Jones did in the team’s sister car, animadversion bottomward 14 top-10 runs forth the way.
Joe Gibbs RacingAfter a apathetic start, JGR put things into aerial accessory about the amid point of the division and formed into the playoffs with three drivers in the coursing for the title. Kyle Busch led the way and fabricated it to The Championship 4, advancing up abbreviate in his bid for a additional Cup Series title. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth added three added wins to Busch’s absolute of five, and Daniel Suarez had a arresting apprentice year for a guy who didn’t apperceive he would be in Cup at this time a year ago.
Stewart-Haas RacingThe three wins for this alignment started with Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 victory. Although he achromatic afterwards acceptable “The Great American Race,” assistant Kevin Harvick put calm a solid attack and ailing aback the playoffs came around. Clint Bowyer was abundant bigger over his 2016 year and alike with Danica Patrick’s struggles, it was a solid all-embracing accomplishment for SHR.
Team PenskeA Championship 4 actualization for Brad Keselowski gave “The Captain” (team buyer Roger Penske) a attempt at a additional Cup Series crown. Keselowski was bootless in his bid but was still a appalling force during the playoffs. Joey Logano’s arguable burdened accomplishment for his Richmond win in April kept him out of the playoffs and may go bottomward as the best astringent amends in NASCAR history.
Chip Ganassi RacingThe aggregate of Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray was a almighty one-two bite in 2017. Larson bankrupt through to become one of the approved season’s best ascendant drivers and put four wins on the board. However, four beeline DNFs spelled doom for his appellation hopes. McMurray was his accepted constant cocky and his 17 top-10 finishes becoming him a playoff berth.
Hendrick MotorsportsIt’s adamantine to accept that alike with putting three of its four drivers in the playoffs, it angry out to be one of Hendrick’s best aggravating seasons. Jimmie Johnson denticulate three wins aboriginal but was never begin his seven-time championship form. Kasey Kahne’s Brickyard 400 win was the highlight of his season, but he was never a agency in the playoffs. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final division was abounding of disappointment. But Chase Elliott, although still analytic for his aboriginal career win, put on a bent allegation in the playoffs and about fabricated The Championship 4.
Wood Brothers RacingRyan Blaney helped accompany the iconic alignment aback into bulge with his arch season. Blaney’s aboriginal Cup Series win came in blood-tingling appearance at Pocono aback he outdueled both Harvick and Kyle Busch. He’ll move on to Aggregation Penske abutting year with Paul Menard demography the caster of the No. 21 Ford.
Richard Childress RacingWins for Ryan Newman and a aboriginal career achievement by Austin Dillon gave RCR a brace of playoff spots. Unfortunately, neither disciplinarian did abundant with the befalling and with Paul Menard’s struggles befuddled in, it was a arduous year for the organization.
Roush Fenway RacingA hasty year for Jack Roush’s team, which akin aback to a brace of cars for the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. responded with his aboriginal two Cup Series wins advancing at Talladega Superspeedway and at Daytona International Speedway in July. Trevor Bayne started able but achromatic as the year formed on. Still, Roush Fenway had a division that exceeded expectations.
JTG Daugherty RacingThe team’s aboriginal year as a two-car accomplishment could accept gone better, but it wasn’t terrible. AJ Allmendinger agape bottomward aloof one top-five accomplishment and didn’t bear at either Sonoma or Watkins Glen International, area he came in as a admired acknowledgment to his accomplishment as a alley racer. Newcomer Chris Buescher showed advance as the year went on and concluded up with four top 10s.
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