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Driver Recommendations for 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Posted by chadmusselman on July 13, 2009

The historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the venue for the next race on July 26th. This will be the 16th year for NASCAR running at the track in what is now titled the Allstate 400. This is usually one of the richest races with the winner taking home $500,000 or more. Only the Daytona 500 winner wins more. With the big payouts come big performances by the top-tier drivers. The winners here have been Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, Labonte, Elliot, Earnhardt; all champions. Make sure you stock your team with proven veterans.

This week’s recommendations:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
No one has had success at Indy like Jeff Gordon. In the 15 races here he compiled 4 wins, 9 top fives and 12 top tens! His average finish of 8.6 is the best among active drivers. Jeff spent his teenage years in Pittsboro, IN only 14 miles from the speedway, so he’s always ready to perform at his best when at the track. Jeff is by far the best driver at the Brickyard and is a must start for your team.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
Tony isn’t as good as Jeff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he’s pretty dang good. He’s averaging a 9.1 place finish and has 2 wins, 4 top fives, and 6 top tens in 10 career races. On top of that Tony has been awesome this season. He has 8 top fives and 9 top tens in the last 10 races. If you don’t have Jeff on your team, you must put Tony on it. One of them will win this race.

Mark Martin
Mark has 3 top tens in the last 4 races here and finished 11th last year. In the 15 races here Mark is averaging a 14.1 place finish and has 9 top tens. If the chase were to start today Mark would be in first place because of his 4 wins this season. He’s been solid all season and should finish in the top 10 and contend for a top 5 finish.

Kasey Kahne
Kasey has been hit or miss in his 5 races in Indy. He has 3 top ten finishes and a 36th and 40th place finish. If Kasey can stay out of trouble and avoid the wrecks he should be in the top ten. Put him on your team and watch him get you points.

Darkhorse: David Ragan
David has only raced here twice, but has been very respectable with 14th and 16th place finishes. He’s in 30th place right now for a reason though. He only has 1 top ten finish so far this season (Daytona 500), and I don’t think he’ll be able to get in this race, but he’s proven that he’s capable of getting a top 15 finish, and you never know. If fuel mileage comes into play, maybe he can get lucky and crack the top 10.


2 Responses to “Driver Recommendations for 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard”

  1. Anonymous said

    ??? There is no race this week. Check the schedule it is not until next weekm

  2. Chad Musselman said

    Thanks. The recommendations are a week early since the boys have a week off, but I’m sticking with them for the race on the 26th.

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