Cars or drivers? ... Why do Chevys win so many titles?
What do these years have in common? These years, 18 out of the past 26, a Chevrolet has been the vehicle driven by the Cup champion. The other 9 have been split between Ford and Pontiac, and with Pontiac taking 3, that means a GM product has been the champ 21 of those 26 years.
This brings up a key question: Why is this so?
Ford has been competing during this entire stretch and only claimed five titles, despite having some very talented drivers along the way. Are the Chevys more reliable, or do they just have the best drivers inside of them.
As I see it, the answer is probably a little bit of both. As evidenced by this weekend's Roush blowup parade, and the rare occurrence of a Hendrick or RCR car blowing up, it seems that currently the Chevys are more reliable.
But you can't ignore the driver element. As they say, success breeds success. and if you've won titles in the past, the top drivers will be drawn to your brand. Talented drivers like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson know that a brand that has won so many titles is probably a good place to plant yourself. Jeff Gordon, in fact, started out as a Ford driver in the Busch Series, and was lured by Rick Hendrick over to Chevy.
If he had been driving Fords since November of 1992, would he have four titles and be battling for a fifth? We'll never know, but it's fair to say that it's less likely.
I'm not trying to knock Ford, Toyota and Dodge, but for whatever reason the Bowtie Brigade tends to rise to the top. Some people will claim a conspiracy theory and say that NASCAR wants Chevy to win, but I don't fall in that category.
I think it's pretty simple. They've won in the past, make good cars and attract good drivers. The other car makes need to find a way to get more reliable and be more competitive for the title.
Old faces return
You can't keep Ken Schrader down. Away from the Cup series for a while, Ken Schrader -- who has raced everything on wheels for the past several decades -- will attempt to qualify for the Cup races at Martinsville and Talledega in the #26 Ford. He will also race at Talledega in Kevin Harvick's #2 truck.
Also, there are reports that SPEED reporter and former driver Hermie Sadler may run the Cup race at Martinsville in the #71 Chevy.
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