First and foremost, all three teams have work to do. That much should be obvious by the numbers.
Secondly, each time has one driver who is producing consistently better results than his teammates: Elliott at Hendrick, Kyle Busch at JGR and Bowyer at SHR.
The lack of laps led at Hendrick is indicative of the cars needing more speed, which is also a problem of late at SHR.
JGR has been hurt by the abrupt departure of first driver Carl Edwards, one of the top shoes of this era, and then crew chief Dave Rogers. Daniel Suarez has filled in admirably for Edwards but there was bound to be a drop off this season and so far, it’s been a pretty big one.
Right now, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott seem like the best bets to win soon, but don’t count Johnson, who is the real wild card in all of this. He can got hot any time and when he does, it’s usually lights out for the competition. And don’t sleep on Harvick, either. He and crew chief Rodney Childers are a dynamic pairing.
So will one of these teams step up and get back on track this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway? We’ll find out Sunday, when pre-race coverage for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 begins at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
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