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Driver Recommendations for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

Posted by chadmusselman on May 1, 2009

There is no shortage of chasers that have done very well at Richmond. Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon have top 10 finishes in the last four races here, and Kevin Harvick has six in a row. Don’t forget about Jimmie Johnson though, because he has won three of the last four here. Tough week to pick, but here they are:

Recommendations this week:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
I just feel that it’s his year, and he does very well at Richmond if he keeps his nose clean. He has twenty top 10s in thirty two career races. He also has eight finishes of 30th or worse. He finished 37th and 25th at Talladega and Phoenix so he’s due for another top 5 run and contend for the win.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
Tony edged out Harvick since he has more wins (3) and a better average finish (10.4) than Kevin. Can you believe the season that Tony is having with his new team? 4th in points would be great even if he stayed with Gibbs! The guy can drive a car like no one else and should bounce back from his 23rd place Talladega finish.

Kurt Busch
How can you not go with the points leader? Kurt had a rough start to his career at Richmond only scoring one top 10 in his first nine races, but he’s turned it on the past couple of years. He’s finished in the top 10 in three of the last four and won a race in 2005. This is another driver having an outstanding year, and look for it to continue this weekend.

Ryan Newman
After the exciting finish last week having Carl Edwards fly into him and finishing 3rd, Ryan jumped five spots in the standings and is now in 13th only 30 points out of the final chase position. In seven spring races at Richmond Ryan has finished in the top 10 six times. I’ll take those odds and pick Newman to have another good spring run. His average finish of 12.3 is pretty darn good too!

Dark Horse: Mark Martin
I know picking Mark Martin as the dark horse is the easy way out, but he does qualify. He didn’t make the chase last year, and he’s 18th in points. I need an easy one every once in a while. Mark was the tough luck driver last week getting caught up in the early wreck at Talladega and finishing dead last, which had to be very disappointing after winning the previous week. No worries though, as Mark should be back on track and ready to get another top 10 finish at Richmond. He has twenty five of them in his forty six race career at the track.

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