Gas 'N' Go: Hendrick Vs. Penske
By: MRN Staff on July 24, 2014 | 8:12 A.M. EST
Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski duel earlier this year. Will Hendrick Motorsports or Team Penske win more races before the Chase begins? (Photo: Getty Images)
The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."
Hendrick Motorsports has six wins this year. Team Penske has five. Who wins more races before the Chase begins in September?
Just by simple numbers Hendrick has twice the opportunity as its counterparts at Penske with four drivers in Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne versus Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. But math skills aside, while Penske has certainly been formidable so far, to me Hendrick is still the cream of the crop.
I expect Johnson and company to be in the thick of a run for title No. 7 with more wins in his future. The way Earnhardt looks, this is his best chance to win his first Cup championship. Gordon has been in the mix a lot this year, and although still winless, Kahne has the capability of finding Victory Lane on any given week.
Tip of the cap to Keselowski and Logano, who may get another win or two between them before Richmond, but my money's on Hendrick Motorsports to have the most victories between the two organizations.
It’s hard to overcome a speed disadvantage. While Team Penske has won the past two races with unrestricted engines (Kentucky and New Hampshire), I’m going to say Hendrick Motorsports keeps its advantage in wins before the Chase because of its superior horsepower.
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Kasey Kahne, the only Hendrick driver yet to win this season, in Victory Lane before the Chase begins to add to that team's total.
While Keselowski and Logano could win again before the Chase, I think you’ll see Hendrick cars also there to keep the advantage.
The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo
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