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Driver Recommendations for Southern 500 at Darlington

Posted by chadmusselman on May 6, 2009

Another Saturday night race for the Sprint Cup Series. Last week’s race was pretty boring and didn’t have much action on the track. Let’s hope we get more passing and lead changes under green this week to give us something to cheer about.

Recommendations this week:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff owns Darlington and should be one of the two or three guys going for the win. He has five consecutive top fives here, seven career wins, and sixteen top 5s in 28 career races. His average finish of 11.5 is 5th among active drivers. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it. This is Jeff’s year, and the points leader should run well on Saturday.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
He only has three career races at the track, but has the best average finish, 6.3. Denny has been frustrated lately because he feels that he should be racking up wins instead of top 5s. This is definitely a track that Denny can win at, so look for him to be driving hard this weekend. He has also been one of the best drivers over the last five races averaging an 11.2 place finish. That all adds up to a good performance for Denny.

Ryan Newman
Ryan is one of the hottest drivers on the circuit averaging an 8.8 place finish in the last five races. In that span he’s moved from 28th to 10th in the standings. He also does well at Darlington with a 13.3 average finish (10th among active drivers) and six top 10s in ten career races. I’ll take Ryan as far as this streak will carry him.

Mark Martin
In four of the last six races here Mark has finished in the top 10. In 42 career races he has twenty five top 10s and an average finish of 12.3. Mark is looking pretty good once again and should get another top 10 finish and even contend for another win.

Dark Horse: Martin Truex Jr.
Martin has no top 10s in his three career races at Darlington, but is averaging a 13th place finish. He hasn’t had much luck so far this season with only two top 10s, but maybe this will be a turning point for him. He’s well overdue for a good run.


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