With one week to go before the championship, here are the Week 8 pit crew power rankings . Joey Logano No. 22 crew, Team Penske Rank: 1 Wins: 6-Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega Notes: Wrecking on Lap 10 ended the chances of winning Sunday, but when the car got back on the track, it still needed pit stops -- and the stops were fast. This group stays at No. 1 heading into Phoenix. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 crew, Stewart-Haas Racing Rank: 2 Wins: 3-Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dover Notes: This team had great stops all day. There was a flat tire early in the race, but the crew nailed its pit stops to help keep Harvick in contention for a win and eventually a third-place finish. This group moves up from fifth to second in the rankings . Carl Edwards , No. 19 crew, Joe Gibbs Racing Rank: 3 Wins: 2-Charlotte, Darlington Notes: This team was good but not exceptional. We've come to expect excellence out of this group and Sunday wasn't it. The stops were fast but not fast enough to move up from No. 3 heading into Phoenix. Kurt Busch , No. 41 crew, Stewart-Haas Racing Rank: 4 Wins: 2-Richmond, Michigan Notes: Kurt Busch finished seventh and that kept him in the hunt for Homestead. This is a top pit crew and come next week it will be on display. However, while Sunday was not bad, it just was not that good -- dropping them two spots to fourth in the rankings . Brad Keselowski , No. 2 crew, Team Penske Rank: 5 Wins: 1-California Notes: The No. 2 crew finally moves out of the sixth hole and into the top five. During all eight pit stops, they came in first and went out first. Can't ask for more than that ... except maybe a win. Kyle Busch , No. 18 crew, Joe Gibbs Racing Rank: 6 Wins: 4- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: This group did what it needed to do to finish fourth. It had some really fast stops during the day and a few that weren't so fast. The ability is there but they need to get a little bit more consistent. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 crew, Hendrick Motorsports Rank: 7 Wins: 1-Martinsville Notes: This unit was much better this weekend than last but still not good enough to move up from the seventh position. It has one more "free" weekend and then it's Championship 4 time. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 crew, Furniture Row Racing Rank: 8 Wins: 1-Pocono Notes: This group had its best day by far on Sunday until the last run. The crew kept its driver up front all day with fast stops, but then a wheel that was apparently coming loose had the No. 78 drop back multiple stops before the end of the race. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
After the fourth race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 12 remaining Chase teams' pit crews. For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase. No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 1 Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: This team was strong again in the pits, and we see no reason to move them from the top spot. They weren't the fastest crew of the race, but they were good enough to help their team to a top-six finish. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 2 Wins: 4 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Charlotte Notes: This is the second week in a row where the No. 22 was very strong on pit road. On four separate pit sequences they kept the No. 22 out front and helped bring the Penske Ford to Victory Lane. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 3 Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (Sprint All-Star Race), Chicago Notes: This was the a great day on pit road for the No. 11 crew. They were fast all day and, from what we can tell, averaged stops in the low 11-second range for the race. Without a strong day by the Nos. 19 and 22 crews, this team would be back in first. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 4 Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: Not a bad day at all by this group. They almost pulled off back-to-back wins. The team was solid all day on pit road, particularly giving a great effort on the last green-flag pit stop to close the gap on the No. 22. None of their stops were longer than the 11-second range. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 5 Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: The No. 41 finished fifth Sunday, and that's exactly where they end up on the power rankings . With consistently fast stops, we don't see them dropping out of the top five. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 6 Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: This team moves up another spot after a strong performance Sunday. New changer; same results. This group was really fast during stops and ended up 20th after contact with the No. 42 car entering pit road. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 7 Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This was one of the best races for this group so far this year. In their third week with a new rear changer, the team seems to be coming together fast. They left Charlotte as one of the fastest crews of the race and that's why they jumped up one spot. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 8 Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: The few stops they got to do were good! Finishing 42nd hurt their efforts in moving up the rankings , but we try not to hold that against the crew. This team pitted well; it just didn't get the opportunity to finish the race strong. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Jr . Rank: 9 Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: The car couldn't have finished third without good stops, and that's exactly what the crew provided. It was a solid day on pit road, but it will take another week of stops like this to move up any farther. Still, it's a good jump from 11th to ninth for this crew. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 10 Wins: 0 Notes: This team is a mystery to us. The crew has tons of talent and has produced fast stops, but they haven't put up the races we thought we would see ... yet. We still think they're a better crew than 10th, but so far nine other crews have been better. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 11 Wins: 0 Notes: This team needs a few more weeks to get a real feel for how their changes are going to pay off. It's unfair to say they're an 11th-place crew, but right now that's where they are. Expect them to move up quickly after these crew members get more reps together. No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 12 Wins: 2 -- Talladega and Daytona Notes: The No. 88 hit the wall and wrecked. Pit stops were OK up until that point, but not enough to move out of 12th. This group needs a good day with no mistakes and things can turn around quickly. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
After the third race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway , PitTalks.com ranks the 16 Chase teams' pit crews. For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase . No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Carl Edwards Rank: 1 Wins: 2 -- Charlotte and Darlington Notes: This crew had an exceptional race in the pits. We usually wouldn't send a seventh-place team last week to first this week, but these guys laid down some very fast stops. They had an issue late in the race that brought the No. 19 down pit road, but we're hearing it was a car issue, not a crew misstep. No. 22 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Joey Logano Rank: 2 Wins: 3 -- Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bristol Notes: After a struggle last week on a few stops, this crew was on fire at Dover. It gained spots on five of the six pit sequences and helped keep the No. 22 up front all day. No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kevin Harvick Rank: 3 Wins: 2 -- Las Vegas and Phoenix Notes: This team did everything it needed to do to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase. The pressure this crew was under was huge, and team members were in a situation where mistakes weren't tolerated. They had fast stops all day and have earned the third spot. No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Kurt Busch Rank: 4 Wins: 2 -- Richmond and Michigan Notes: This has been a top team all year and it continued to put up good times at Dover. The stops weren't as fast as the top two teams in Dover, but they were still very good. Late in the race the car entered pit road with problems on the left front, but that wasn't on the crew. No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Denny Hamlin Rank: 5 Wins: 2 -- Martinsville, (Sprint All-Star Race), Chicago Notes: The first stop of the day was blistering for this crew: sub 11 seconds. But after two speeding penalties it seemed the wind was taken out of the team's sails. We still wouldn't bet against them when the race is on the line ... it just wasn't this weekend. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Matt Kenseth Rank: 6 Wins: 5 -- Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire Notes: Dover wasn't a great race for the No. 20 nor was it a bad one. The crew made adjustments on the back of the car during the second stop and lost a few spots, but after that it was solid for most of the day. This team wasn't as dominant as last week but was still fast. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota pit crew for Kyle Busch Rank: 7 Wins: 4 -- Sonoma , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Indianapolis Notes: Landing in the seventh spot this week is the good ol' No. 18 car. What a drama-filled two weeks for these guys! They seem to be handling it well. Their stops looked fast, and Josh Leslie has stepped in nicely for Nick Odell. We see this team only getting faster during the next round. No. 2 Team Penske Ford pit crew for Brad Keselowski Rank: 8 Wins: 1 -- Fontana Notes: This crew didn't do enough to gain on the top seven, but was good enough to hold onto eighth. Even with a change in the rear changers three weeks ago, this team keeps getting better. In order to help the No. 2 car advance to the next round, they must continue to improve. No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Ryan Newman Rank: 9 Wins: 0 Notes: Newman is in the Contender Round of the Chase, and he had no problems on pit road that would have kept him out. Sometimes that is what is asked of the pit crew: don't make mistakes. We can't fairly say how fast their stops were. So with that, they stay hunkered down at No. 9. No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Jeff Gordon Rank: 10 Wins: 0 Notes: Nick Odell joined the No. 24 this week only one week after being released from JGR. The crew seemed to be OK, but we didn't see much that would push us to move it up from the past two weeks. No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet pit crew for Martin Truex Jr . Rank: 11 Wins: 1 - Pocono Notes: The No. 78 has seen better days but did what it took to advance. On the fourth sequence, it lost a spot and lost two more on pit stop No. 6. They're a scary crew because they can put up very low times, but the inconsistency is what keeps them near the bottom of the power rankings . No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr . Rank: 12 Wins: 2 -- Talladega and Daytona Notes: This crew can't seem to catch a break. Toward the end of last week a change was announced and front changer Scott Brzozowski was taken off the No. 24 and put on the No. 88. They had a loose wheel on Stop 2 and had another potential wheel coming loose before the last caution. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
RELATED: Chase Bubble Watch " Power Rankings after Texas With Jeff Gordon locked in for the Championship 4, former Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 crew chief Ray Evernham made his picks for the three other drivers who will be battling for the Sprint Cup title at Homestead. Evernham likes Martin Truex Jr ., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the final four, making his picks on Sirius XM radio Tuesday with host Dave Moody. "Martin Truex will be one of the guys going to Homestead. They have shown they can beat any of those other cars on any given day," Evernham said. And a more mature Kyle Busch is in good shape, too. Evernham noted Busch's presence in Victory Lane the last few weeks congratulating another winning. "He's matured and he has become a bit of a politician," Evernham said of Busch. "He's learning the ropes in more ways than one. I think he's being sincere. I think those guys called him when he was hurt, and he is now a mature race car driver who appreciates the sport and his position." Though some equipment failures have shown a "chink in the armor," Evernham predicted the No. 4 Stewart-Haas team would be defending the 2014 title at Homestead. Evernham noted two big problems for the teams he's not picking to advance from the Eliminator 8. Both Team Penske drivers must win to advance. He said the biggest competition Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski face is not from other Chase drivers, but from those who could leave a spot open by denying a Chase driver a win this week. "We've talked about several ways to play this game, and it's a lot like Survivor Island," Evernham said, naming another Hendrick driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr . , among those who could be a threat. "The biggest thing that the No. 2 and the No. 22 have to fight this weekend is all the guys who are not in the Chase who are going full tilt to win at Phoenix." As for the Joe Gibbs Racing team, which came into the Chase as a force, Evernham thinks that the issues JGR teams had with their splitters at Texas could carry over to Homestead. RELATED: NASCAR will not penalize JGR for splitters NASCAR officials announced Tuesday that no penalties would be levied on the Nos. 11, 18, and 19 teams after their splitters were confiscated during pre-race inspection. The teams were forced to replace the parts and go back through inspection before the start of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 . "As much as 30 thousandths of an inch or 40 thousandths of an inch make a big difference," Evernham explained. "It's not gonna turn the cars from blazing fast to junk, but it will change several things." Evernham said the winning teams will be able to put aside the pressure throughout the whole team, from the driver through every over-the-wall team member and every person setting up the cars. He said relishing pressure is what made the No. 24 team so strong when he was Gordon's crew chief.