By Ed Morgans @writered21 on August 17, 2014
Perhaps more so than ever before, NASCAR has become a team sport. Very few drivers can find consistent success in the sport's top level without being part of one of the best teams. In 2014, NASCAR has five power teams that win just about all of the races and dominate the most laps. Here they are, in order.
Roush-Fenway may have been a more powerful team at other times, but 2014 has been a bit of a struggle for Carl Edward, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Greg Biffle. The team has won 135 Sprint Cup races, and debuted way back in the Winston Cup days. But Roush-Fenway hasn't won a Sprint Cup title since going back-to-back in 2003 (Matt Kenseth) and 2004 (Kurt Busch).
With Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing is always a formidable threat every weekend. JGR has won 114 Sprint Cup races and three titles, but none since Tony Stewart in 2005. The team is not as dominant as it once was with Stewart in the No. 20 and Bobby Labonte/Busch in the No. 18. Only Kenseth (third) is in the top 10 of the 2014 driver standings.
Highlighted by driver/owner Tony Stewart, who has missed the last two NASCAR races due to the incident involving the death of Kevin Ward Jr., Stewart-Haas is a super team with four drivers (Stewart, Danica Patrick, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick). The team has 23 wins and Stewart's series title in 2011, but only Harvick (8th) is currently top 10 in points.
Roger Penske has put his faith in two of NASCAR's best (and brash) young drivers in Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. He was rewarded in 2012 when Keselowski won the Sprint Cup title, Penske's first as an owner. This year, led by Keselowski, Penske's drivers are fourth and fifth in the point standings. Logano ran third in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Right now in NASCAR, Rick Hendrick's team has no equal. The duo of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have won 10 Sprint Cup titles, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is the sport's most popular driver, and Kasey Kahne has won 16 Sprint Cup races. Earnhardt, Jr. and Gordon are 1-2 in the points standings, while Johnson is seventh. Gordon won the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday, his third victory of 2014.
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