Some would argue that the key to success on the Sprint Cup level isn't on an individual driver's performance or the work of a team's pit crew. To that end, those same fans might ignore the race-to-race progression of a team throughout the season.
Instead, success may lie in how teams under the same ownership umbrella operate with each other. Over the past five seasons, we've seen Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet win championship after championship while Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Chevrolet faced lengthy winless droughts—working together at the same Hendrick Motorsports shop.
With this in mind, here's how the top teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rank as the 2011 season draws closer.