In this post, I will analyze all 16 drivers/teams (from 16th-1st) and give my take on whether or not they have the ability to make a run for the championship!

16. Jamie McMurray: 0 Win’s, 1 Top-5, 9 Top-10’s, AVG Finish: 15.0

First, I want to congratulate Jamie Mac on making 500 Cup starts! Feels like it was only yesterday that he filled in for Sterling Marlin and won at Charlotte in 2002! From the past to the present, McMurray and his #1 team are very intriguing. This team reminds me of Newman’s team in 2014, but not quite as competitive. McMurray has kept his team in contention, but has yet to battle for a win in 2016. The #1 team has scored 6 top-10’s in the last 9 races, but this won’t be good enough to make a deep run into the playoffs. Mac’s team will have to battle from the start. Ganassi has picked up the pace, but not enough to assure McMurray can skate through to the 2nd round. Being as realistic as possible, I believe the #MacAttack could expand into the 2nd round, but making the final 8 is out of the question. McMurray’s only hope will be to win, which is not out of the question at Talladega where he has won twice.

Keywords: Nascar, Busch, Hamlin, Stewart, Truex, Keselowski