No Bow Ties in NASCAR's Victory Lane Through First Four Races

dj sarverContributor IMarch 13, 2009

Three of the four manufacturers in NASCAR have been to Victory Lane through the first four races, but none that wear a bow tie. With all of the bad news at GM these days they sure could use something positive like some Cup wins.


Who would have thought Ford would have two wins, Toyota one, and even Dodge with a win. Chevrolet has been the dominate manufacturer at Daytona with 17 Daytona 500 wins, the closest competitor is Ford with 13.  


Just last year, Chevrolet was shut out through the first four, but Jeff Burton came through with a win at Bristol and Chevrolet went on to win another manufacturer’s championship in a very close battle.  


Chevrolet has positioned itself well over the years with strong teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi, and Stewart-Haas; So it shouldn’t take long to get the bow ties back in Victory Lane.


On another positive note, several of the top Chevy driver’s such as Burton, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick have made recent comments showing their support and belief in GM and its recovery. GM continues to stand behind its race teams through these tough economic times.


Chevy drivers also own the top two spots in the standings, as well as four of the top 10 spots. So it not like they haven’t been running good, they just haven’t been able to close the deal.


Jeff Gordon, who is leading the standings, has two second-place finishes out of four races and it appears he is back to his top form. If he keeps running like he has so far, Victory Lane cannot be too far off.


Clint Bowyer is another bow tie driver that looks good so far. He is second in the standings with finishes of fourth, 19th, second, and sixth. Three out of four top 10 finishes.


The biggest disappointment for the bow tie brand so far has to been Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s finishes.


Last but not least ,a Chevy has finished in second place in all four races this year, so maybe good things are coming.