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Driver Recommendations for the Food City 500 at Bristol

Posted by chadmusselman on March 19, 2009

After a week off the boys are in Bristol for the first short-track race of the season. Bristol is always an exciting place to watch a race and there should be lots of action (wrecks). Picking drivers for this race was especially tough since eleven of the chasers finished in the top 10 at least twice in the last four races which doesn’t leave many non-chasers to choose from.

This week’s recommendations:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
It was tough picking Jeff for the top spot, but he has been running great this season and is starting to look like the old Jeff of years ago. He’s leading in the points chase, and is very good at Bristol. 5 career wins, 13 top 5s, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 11.5. With the hot start to the season, Jeff may get his first win of the season on Sunday.

Alternate Chase: Clint Bowyer
I almost picked Kevin Harvick for this spot, but had to go with Clint since he’s 2nd in points, and has 4 consecutive top 10s at Bristol (2 of them top 5s). He’s running well this season and should keep up the hot streak.

Kurt Busch
Kurt only has one top 10 in his last five races at Bristol, but has done well at the track in his career. Five wins and nine top 10s in sixteen races is pretty impressive. My pick for comeback driver of the year is definitely performing well and should register another top 10 finish.

Kasey Kahne
Kasey’s numbers aren’t too impressive at the track with an average finish of 20.7, but he has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three here. He’s in the top 10 in standings and should be building confidence, so look for that to continue with a top 10 run.

Dark Horse: Mark Martin
It has been a horrible start to the season for Mark. Three consecutive finishes outside of the top 30 has to be very disappointing for him. Over the past several years Bristol hasn’t been kind to him either. He only has one top 10 in the last 12 times he’s been at the track. (He didn’t run here in 2007 and 2008 with his partial schedule.) On the good side, Mark has more starts at Bristol than others in the field (40) with two wins, fifteen top 5s and twenty one top 10s. I’m hoping for a good run by Mark in his return to the track and possibly compete for a top 10.

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