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Driver Recommendations for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe`s Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 20, 2009

The Coca-Cola 600 is easily the longest race of the season and it seems that each year it provides some memories. Let’s hope the guys keep racing hard all race long as they have in the past race or two and we get 600 miles of excitement, not boredom.

Recommendations this Week:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie is the best at his sponsor’s track. He has the best average finish of any active driver at 8.9, tied for the most wins with five, and has twelve top 10 finishes in fifteen career races. Why wouldn’t you pick him?

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
Tony is on fire. Over the past six races he’s cranked out five top 5 finishes. He’s also one of the best drivers at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with the 5th best average finish at 13.1, a win, six top 5s and eleven top 10s in twenty career races. Tony has a lot going for him this weekend, and may get his first win with his new team.

Ryan Newman
The only guy close to Stewart in the past five races has been his teammate Ryan Newman. He has three top 5s in the last five races, averaging a 8.8 place finish. Ryan hasn’t exactly fared well at this track with only five top 10s in sixteen career races, but when you’re on a streak like Ryan is, you need to keep him on your team and let it ride.

Mark Martin
What is there to say about Mark? He’s hitting his stride this season and does very well at Lowe’s. In forty eight career races he has four wins, seventeen top 5s and twenty two top 10s. His average finish of 15.9 is 7th best among active drivers. A good season should get better this weekend.

Dark Horse: Kasey Kahne
Kasey has had a pretty rough year. He’s only got two top 10 finishes so far and finds himself 16th in points. The good news is that he has done well on this track in the past. Over the last four races here, he’s finished in the top 10 three times with a win. He averages a 12.9 place finish, good enough for 4th best among active drivers.

Bonus Pick – Really Dark Horse: Bobby Labonte
Let’s face it; Bobby hasn’t had a good season since 2004, but he could make some noise this Sunday night. He’s raced here 32 times and has a 12.8 average finishing position with 2 wins, twelve top 5s, and seventeen top 10s. Even after his decline started in 2005 his worst finish was 18th at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, so anything can happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bobby contends for a top 10 most of the night, and ends up in the top 15 when the checkered flag is waved.


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