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Head2Head: Which owner will be the next to 200 Cup wins?

May 14, 2012, ,

Jimmie Johnson cruised into Victory Lane in Darlington this past weekend, thus driving owner Rick Hendrick to his 200th career win and into an ultra-exclusive club.

Which owner will be the next to 200 Cup wins?


Of the three Cup Series teams either at, or near, 100 victories that race full time, this is a total no-brainer in my opinion. Joe Gibbs Racing -- hands down.

Obviously, there are a ton of variables that come into the equation since none of these teams will hit 200 for at least five, six years ... but looking at rosters as they are right now, you have to assume Joe Gibbs will be the next to wear a "200" hat.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been on a tear since 2005, winning at least four races each of the past seven seasons, including a three-year stretch from 2008-2010 where the team amassed yearly totals of 11, 9, and 10.

Compared to Jack Roush and Richard Childress, well there really is no comparison. Since 2006, Gibbs has visited Victory Lane 46 times with Roush and Childress not even close. Roush has been there 36 times in that same stretch and Childress is a distant third among the trio with 23.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch combined have 43 victories and they haven't even hit their prime yet. Joey Logano hasn't started as hot as some expected, but he does have a victory and he has proven he has the talent and ability, it's just a matter of when.

Both Roush and Childress have bright future as well with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon, respectively, but both teams have aging veterans where Gibbs has three drivers under the age of 32.

Gibbs may have the lowest total of the three, but he has the brightest future.


The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

This one isn't even close. Jack Roush and his partners living under The Green Monster will have 200 wins wrapped up in no time.

Roush Fenway Racing is a near-second in most successful modern race teams, and the man in charge already has 127 wins to his credit as the next-closest owner to the 200 milestone.

His competition?

The closest challenger is Richard Childress Racing with 100 wins, but it took ol' RC about a million years (Ok, fine, 39 years) to get to triple digits while Roush bagged 127 victories in just 24 campaigns.

The real hard-charger in Roush's claim for the next to the throne is Joe Gibbs Racing, but while the old 'Skins coach has an impressive 96 wins since becoming a team in the 1992, Roush actually started his team just four seasons prior to that and has 31 more wins.

That's a gap which can't be made up.

Plus, look at the stable of drivers at RFR. Outside of Hendrick's cadre of studs, Roush has the next best group to drive him to glory. He's got a former Cup winner in Matt Kenseth, a four time top-3 points finisher in Carl Edwards and the current points leader in Greg Biffle. And that doesn't even count the next big thing in the worlds of Cup and Roush -- defending Nationwide champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

So, I'll get the stogies packed up, Jackie-Boy, because you'll be a "200" man in no time.

Nick Margiasso, NASCAR.COM

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

Now, with the champagne dried to the Lady in Black's floor, the NASCAR world's focus is on the next invitee to the glitzy and gutsy 200 Club. Cup racing is more diverse and driven than ever, so it's just a matter of time until the next big team owner can slide the title of "legendary" in front of his name. Bill Kimm and Nick Margiasso have their own opinions about the matter. Read theirs and weigh in with your own in the comments below.