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Driver Recommendations for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Posted by chadmusselman on June 29, 2009

This is the first of two consecutive Saturday night races in the Sprint Cup Series. Daytona under the lights is an impressive site, especially with some of the special paint jobs the teams come up with. I’ll be looking forward to the restarts with the leaders double-file. It should keep the racing exciting and give us some extra bumping.

Recommendations for this week:

Chaser: Clint Bowyer
Who? Yup, that’s right; Clint is my main pick this weekend. I know Jeff Gordon has 6 wins here and is running well, but I think Clint may surprise some people this weekend. Although he doesn’t have a win here Clint boasts the best average finish of 11.1 and has 5 top tens in 7 career races. Clint has also averaged a 12.2 place finish over the past 5 races so he is getting hotter. Want to move up in the point standings? Pick Bowyer.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff has been “on” most of the season and should be again this weekend. We all know his success at Daytona and he should be again Saturday night. His 15.1 average finish here is good for 7th best among active drivers. No current full-time driver has more wins, top fives or top tens than Jeff. Want a safe bet? That would be Jeff. Pick him and he should be able to get you some good points.

Kurt Busch
Kurt’s average finish at Daytona is only 17.9, but he’s finished in the top ten the last 4 races here. In his 17 career races at Daytona he doesn’t have a win, but does have 8 top fives and 9 top tens. Kurt is warming back up recently as well. He started the season hot, but was cooling off. Now he’s brought his average finish over the past 5 races to 13.6. Put him on your team and get ready to ride the hot streak he’s going on.

Kasey Kahne
I haven’t recommended Kasey much this season, but he’s been doing pretty well. He has himself 13th in points, only 1 point out of 12th, ready to make a run. Kasey has averaged a 10.6 place finish over the last 5 and also has 3 top tens in the last 4 races at Daytona. Put those two together and it gives you a driver that you need to put on your team.

Dark Horse: David Ragan
David has only raced here 5 times, but he’s managed 3 top tens and an average finish of 14th. Not bad numbers for a youngster. He has been doing poorly lately though. In the last 5 races he has one of the worst average finishes at 27.2. He did register a 6th place finish at the 500, so his confidence should be up, and he’ll be looking forward to having a good run to get things going in the right direction for him.

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