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Driver Recommendations for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 16, 2009

The first road course of the season is here. The usual “ringers” will be brought in to try and qualify and get a top 10 finish for some of the struggling teams, but it usually seems that most of them don’t get the job done. Boris Said is probably the most popular road course expert, but even he has only 4 top tens and an average finish of 20.2.

Recommendations this week:

Chaser: Tony Stewart
Over the last 4 races at Infineon Tony has a win and 3 top tens. In 10 career races he averages a 10th place finish with 2 wins, 3 top fives, and 6 top tens. He’s the hottest driver on the circuit, leader in points, and shows no sign of slowing down. Keeping Tony on your team should be an easy decision.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff’s 5 career wins are easily the most among active drivers and he has 12 top tens in 16 career races. An average finish of 9.3 is 3rd best among active drivers. He’s been the road course king since he started his career and there’s no reason that he won’t keep the same form this weekend.

Ryan Newman
Ryan doesn’t have a win at Infineon, but in 7 races he has 5 top tens and an average finish of 9.4. He has been great recently and his 23rd place finish at Michigan should be a blip on the screen. Look for Ryan to recover and get a solid top ten or even top five run this weekend.

Juan Montoya
Juan has only race here twice in his career, but he already has a win and a 6th place finish. You could argue that he lucked into his win in 2007, but he was in position to win the race, so give him credit for that. Juan is a very good driver, and on road courses he’s one of the best. A top five run wouldn’t surprise me.

Dark Horse: Elliott Sadler
There aren’t many dark horses to choose from that could have a good run this weekend, but Elliott may be able to muster a top 10 or 15 finish. After a good start to the season with a 5th place finish in Daytona Elliot’s best finish was 12th last week at Michigan. He’s struggled a lot, but maybe last week’s good run will perk him up. He does have 4 top tens in 10 career races at Infineon with a 15.8 average finish which is 9th best among active drivers.

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