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Driver Recommendations for Goody’s 500 at Martinsville

Posted by chadmusselman on March 26, 2009

To the paperclip shaped track of Martinsville we go. Once the race starts and a few laps are under the drivers’ belts the cars get nose to tail and almost take up the entire track. There will be lots of passing and racing in tight quarters, especially in the corners where there isn’t as much banking as other tracks. Look for the good handling cars to perform well.

This Week’s Driver Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Four wins and a 4th place finish in the last five here, and seven consecutive top 5s is as impressive as it gets. Thirteen top 10s in fourteen races and an average finish of 5.6 is pretty unbelievable. Jimmie moved up four spots to 9th in points after Bristol. Look for him to have an awesome run and move up more in the standings.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Eight consecutive top 5s with two of them being wins is hard to overlook. A few people feel that Jeff has lost his edge at some tracks, but Martinsville isn’t one of them. He’s still the same old, dominate Jeff. Seven wins, twenty-six top 10s, and an average finish of 6.9 with 32 races at the track more than show his dominance.

Kurt Busch
Kurt hasn’t done well at Martinsville recently, as his last top 10 was in the fall of 2005 when he had four of them in an eight race span. This year is different though. He’s running well and always seems to be in contention for the win. He’s 2nd in points and is riding a high, so I’ll stick with him.

Juan Montoya
In four races at Martinsville Juan only has one top 10, but his worst finish is 16th. He also averages a 12.8 place finish here. Not bad numbers considering his career average finish is 23.1. This is a track that Juan could sneak into the top 10 like he did last week.

Dark Horse: Jamie McMurray
Jamie has been inconsistent to start the season and finds himself 27th in points. In recent years he has run well in the spring, Martinsville race. Since 2006 he’s registered a top 10 in this race, but failed to reach the top 15 in the fall races. He does have seven top 10s in twelve career starts which isn’t bad. I don’t think Jamie will contend for the win, but he should be running in the top 15 most of the day, and possibly make a top 10 run.

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