FENWICK: Spinning Wheels
CONCORD, N.C. — As the racing season transitions into August, it is time to start looking at the championship battles shaping up in the various racing series around the country.
– In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it looks like Hendrick Motorsports is in prime position to claim its 12th championship. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are one-two in the standings with five victories between them, while six-time champ Jimmie Johnson sits sixth with three victories.
Obviously under the new championship format it is nearly impossible to predict who will win the championship, but it’s a good bet Hendrick Motorsports will have at least one driver in the mix when the series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final race of the season in November.
– Moving down the line to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, rookie Chase Elliott finds himself with a two-point advantage over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon are tied for third, 12 points behind Elliott. This is shaping up to be a four-man battle for the championship and one wrong move by any of these drivers could shake up the standings. Keep an eye on this one. It’s going to be entertaining.
– In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ryan Blaney has moved to the top of the charts with a seven-point advantage over Johnny Sauter. Matt Crafton, Sauter’s ThorSport Racing teammate and the defending series champion, is five points behind Sauter in third. Also in the hunt is series legend Ron Hornaday Jr., who is 20 points behind Blaney in fourth. Fifth-place Darrell Wallace Jr. is also within striking distance, only 30 points shy of Blaney.
– In Formula One the battle is between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. This title fight is going to go down to the wire. The championship will likely go to the driver who makes the fewest mistakes in the closing portion of the season. So far that driver has been Rosberg, but if Hamilton gets on another hot streak he’ll be tough to beat.