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Manufacturer parity: Each has won in first four races

By admin | March 22, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

Brad Keselowski’s win in a Dodge last Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway caused somewhat of an oddity. So far in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season each of the four auto manufacturers involved in this form of racing have scored a win after the first four races.

Ford got out of the box with a win in the season opening Daytona 500 as Matt Kenseth drove his ‘Blue Oval’ to victory in a rain delayed Monday night special event. It was Kenseth’s second win in ‘The Great American Race’ and it provided his manufacturer with early season bragging rights for claiming the first crown jewel event of the year.

Greg Biffle, on the strength of three 3rd place finishes in four races, leads the Sprint Cup standings for Ford. His Roush Fenway Racing teammate Kenseth joins him in the top-12 as he currently sits in the 3rd overall spot.

Toyota made its way into the winner’s column when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in the season’s second race at the Phoenix International Raceway. This win coming after his Joe Gibbs Racing team completed a switch at the end of last season from their own engines to those provided by Toyota Racing Development.

Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano rank in the top-12 of the standings at the present time for the Japanese auto giant.

Chevrolet was third of the four manufacturers to score a win when Tony Stewart cashed his chips in at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The defending Sprint Cup champion has not always been known as an early season front runner but new crew chief Steve Addington plotted the strategy that earned the win for the ‘Bowtie’ brand.

Chevy has the most drivers placed in the top-12 of the standings at this early stage. Along with Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Paul Menard, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton currently reside in those all important spots.

Keselowski’s win for Dodge might have seemed to be the least likely of all the manufacturers. Not only does that auto maker have only one team with two cars in Penske Racing as its only serious contenders, but that organization has already announced it will switch to Ford next season.

There are no Dodge drivers ranked in the top-12 at this time.

Four races and four different winners representing each of the auto manufacturers so far in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Whoever wins this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California will make that manufacturer the first to claim two wins this year.

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5 Responses to “Manufacturer parity: Each has won in first four races”

  1. Russ Says:
    March 23rd, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Is parity what the “sport” needs, at this point?

  2. Richard Allen Says:
    March 23rd, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I am definitely not a fan of NFL style parity, but obviously, NASCAR is. They have everyone driving the same car.

    So, I guess having each manufacturer win in the first four races is their ideal.

  3. Charles Says:
    March 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Richard

    Yes parity is what it needed…one brand of car winning 80% of the manufactering championships…yes this gobletrotter Chevy versus Washington General the other brands have gone on for too long…and even in spec car they get to dominate that as we…that proves the point.

    Nascar playbook is outdated….it seems to be based on a time when G.M..in the 70s had over 50% are market sales in US….thus more fans….that has changed now…only around 17%to 20% …

    If you are a car fan…and more are than you think…I ask this question a lot….If Dale Jr would switch brands say Ford and drive for Roush…would you like it…and almost 75% of the time they say..no I want him to stay in a Chevy…so the brand of car is important…its just alot of times disquised as a driver fan..

  4. Offkilter Says:
    March 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Parity sounds like a good thing, but i remember when the racining was pretty dam good before these tight tolerences of today. Track position didn’t seem so important and the good teams and drivers could actually make passes. As far as chevy winning the last several championships, it could be that its actually the best driver and team combination in the 10 race stretch at the end.

  5. Russ Says:
    March 23rd, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    You think maybe the mfg’s had to be promised the prospect of “equal” results in order to get them to play?