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Who has the most to prove during 'Silly Season'? Lee Spencer discusses Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
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However why I'm -- Sparage it's time to go under the hood with foxsports.com. Senior NASCAR writer Lee Spencer and -- -- only a few races left this year which team or driver has the most Peru. Well I would say like the rest of the Richard Childress stable -- eighteen years struggled at the start of the season. But at the companies turn that program around. Out its New Year's however after the driver discovered last month that sponsored check the angles is not returning to Richard Childress racing next season. It appeared to light a fire under -- years -- his position over the last four weeks has improved in every race. Mears is currently eighteenth -- points standings. Second among the Richard Childress racing drivers here are CR hit so library it's premieres next season but that's. Are short of a full season. The other armor with Richard Childress racing at that Paul Menard could jump into that fort -- in of course Menard brings of -- sponsorship with them. It's father's home improvement company at Bryant. Team owner chip and yet is concerned. Jamie McMurray has been the top candidate for the number one Chevrolet from the moment Martin Truex junior operatives resignation. But despite his charismatic personality and the academic Marek wrapping complementary not far from the best. Pro shop home base in Springfield he has yet to win over the sponsor. -- drivers such as Elliott Sadler popular body. Both hiding in DC and keep get mentioned as possibilities. Once the dust settles I expect to see McMurray in Nancy. Other drivers in the -- Reed Sorenson David strategy could both be looking at the Nationwide Series -- backseat and Sorenson named -- come up with -- racing and -- mean it's at a previous relationship with Rusty Wallace I've also heard Chinese applicants for the number 34 front row motorsports ride with its former good Nancy crew chief Steven lane. On the crew -- side of that helped one of the equation. As we reported earlier this month. Todd barrier is the new coach for Jeff Burton in the number 31 team. Does Grant Balfour picked Oprah barriers duties with mears on the 07 car for the rest of the season. Kurt Busch is still looking for pat try in replacement although -- went into the number two team engineer is willing and able. It appears that bush although -- holding out for an outsider we don't know wide but -- since the rumor over there but went student experience at Roush Fenway racing. And -- raising -- earned him a shot at that top. One driver who certainly prove what he can do is three time defending champion Jimmie Johnson he's now got a ninety point lead Hispanics. Can anybody catch. That there really can question it seemed that Johnson's crew chief at kidnapped spent most of his media ops on Monday depending the team think that. His contract don't hate it because we're successful. What this team has learned to do better than anyone else in the garage -- win the final ten races in the chase. Experience of accomplishing that task over the last three years. The only team capable of maintaining -- -- close to the number 58. Is another squad under the Hendrick Motorsports umbrella. Certainly ninety point is not an insurmountable with five races remaining. We watched -- -- hello experience to tire puncture in the Formula One race to Brazil last week. And Jenson button. Sailed away with the title although it's unlikely that Johnson will have problems at Martinsville where he has won six times including the last two races. He could have an issue this week or next at Talladega. And -- teammates Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon will be -- to capitalize on it. -- Matt Kenseth didn't make the chase but he seems to enjoy that spoiler role. -- continue to be the best driver not in the chase the rest the white. Absolutely. Camp that this so consistent that NASCAR re read the points system after the numbers seventeen team won the title in 2003. None of the Roush Fenway racing cars have been up to form this season. -- that won the first two races out of the box -- simply maintained a steady pace throughout the year. After the first 26 races being just good wasn't good enough to make the chase. But it appears Roush cars have picked up considerably of late despite an engine failure campus. Kenseth has finished in the top five in two of the last four races. -- intensive experience the veteran it's expected that -- the latest and greatest that routes as off forever the next five races. At first Martinsville is concerned Manny taking go either way. It's a track where he finished a remarkable 98 point 8% of all laps -- but only had to finish of sixteen point Puerto show for that. Still he should be a solid threat this weekend in in the remaining four races. Partly as always we appreciate your time and -- and I'd remember foxsports.com. Has you covered throughout the chase early cuts. I'm ready Sparage thanks look at.