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2017 Team Rankings – Race 2

The real season got underway at Atlanta and we learned a thing or two about this new stage racing.

1              Chip Ganassi Racing

Jumping three spots to the lead is Chip Ganassi Racing, riding strong on the second place finish by Kyle Larson at Atlanta. Teammate Jamie McMurray also scored a top-10 finish to help the overall team stats.

2              Team Penske

Redemption was the word for Team Penske as they not only won the race with Brad Keselowski, but Joey Logano got a solid sixth place finish. Ganassi is just a place holder at the top of this list for this week with how these two are hooked up.

3              Stewart-Haas Racing

No Ford hangover with the switch for this team. They jumped up five positions to number three, aided by two top-10 finishes by Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer’s strong 11th place run. Even Danica Patrick wasn’t that bad with a 17th place finish.

4              Wood Brothers Racing

It was a nice story to have the Wood Brothers at number one last week, but as I opened, reality has set in. Ryan Blaney could only get an 18th place finish at Atlanta.

5              Roush Fenway Racing

A real surprise for the weekend, Roush Fenway jumped up seven positions on the heels of Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr capturing 12th and 13th place.

6              Richard Childress Racing

Bad batteries ruined the days of all three RCR drivers and that is reflective in them losing one spot in the rankings.

7              Hendrick Motorsports

Two teams scored top-5 finishes, while the other two drivers struggled. That seems to be the M.O. of Hendrick as of late, never can all four cars be on the same path.

8              Furniture Row Racing

Another team making leaps, seven positions to be exact, Martin Truex Jr put in another solid top-10 effort, and Erik Jones finally got to run a full race and show what he can do with a 14th place finish.

9              Leavine Family Racing

Another case of reality, they crash down seven positions with an average finish at Atlanta.

10           Richard Petty Motorsports

Average is a good word for Aric Almirola, still trying to find his way, he could only get 27th when it was all said and done.

11           Joe Gibbs Racing

Gibbs had a deep hole to dig out of and already grabbed seven spots to get closer to the top. Matt Kenseth led the way with the other three drivers suffering through below average races.

12           JTG Daugherty Racing

An on par performance for hat team, mid-20s is about all I’d expect out of them.

13           TriStar Motorsports

A top-20 out of Cole Whitt was a pleasant surprise to keep this team at least in the conversation when it comes to team rankings. Too bad it’s filed under “surprise” and “not to last.”

14           Germain Racing

Ty Dillon put in a decent run, but was not the best rookie in the race. I’m not sure they can sustain running top-15 every week, but we’ll see.

15           Go FAS Racing

Another team that is getting into the groove for the season, with Matt DiBenedetto finishing 28th.

16           Front Row Motorsports

It was follow the leader for Front Row as Landon Cassill finished 22nd and David Ragan 23rd.

17           Beard Motorsports

Did not attempt Atlanta.

18           Tommy Baldwin Racing

Did not attempt Atlanta.

19           Premium Motorsports

They made the race with two cars this time, yet still couldn’t jump up in the standings. That says a lot.

20           Circle Sport with TMG

Jeffrey Earnhardt is doing about what I expected.

21           Rick Ware Racing

Hey they made the race! Quick day though, retiring after 74 laps. On to Vegas!

22           BK Racing

Gray Gaulding got a turn in the 23 car and finished 37th. Corey LaJoie was a late entry in the 83 and finished 34th. Good times.

23           Gaunt Brothers Racing

Did not attempt Atlanta.