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Driver Recommendations for 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on October 12, 2009

Jimmie flexed his muscle this past week and took the points lead from Mark Martin. Will that continue this weekend? Maybe, but Jimmie only has one top ten finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the past 4 races. There are a couple of other chasers that do well here and should challenge Jimmie for the win. So, who are they?

Driver recommendations for this week:

Chaser: Carl Edwards
Carl is averaging a 10th place finish at Lowe’s with 7 top ten finishes in 9 races. A win has eluded him so far, but he could get is first this weekend. He moved up to 8th in points after last week’s race and if he has another strong finish he could gain a couple more spots. With everyone else jumping on Jimmie’s bandwagon, picking Carl could gain you some spots since he won’t be on as many people’s teams.

Alternate Chaser: Kasey Kahne
Want another different chaser to put on your team? Kasey is the guy. He’s in 11th well out of the title hunt, but he runs really well in Charlotte. For his career he has 6 top ten finishes with 3 of them being wins. I guarantee you not many people will have Kasey on their team, so he could be a good pick to try and gain points on the competition.

Kyle Busch
Well, Kyle is Kyle. His record at Lowe’s Motor Speedway isn’t the best with only 5 top tens in 11 career races, but 4 of those 5 top tens have come in the last 4 races. He’s obviously one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR, but it’s a matter of him keeping his focus and getting the job done Saturday night. Hopefully his recent success at the track is an indicator of how he’ll do this weekend.

Jeff Burton
Jeff has 6 top tens in the last 8 races at this track. His 14.8 place average finish is good enough for 7th best among active drivers. Jeff is a solid driver and knows how to get around the track. He’s a good pick to have on your team and should contend for a top ten this weekend.

Dark horse: Bobby Labonte
Bobby has been around a while and in 33 career races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway he has 17 top tens with an average finish of 12.8, 5th best among active drivers. He hasn’t had a top ten finish here since 2006, but has not been all that bad with 13th, 12th, 11th, 17th, 12th place finishes. Bobby has had a very bad year, and has been doing badly in the last 5 races with an average finish of 29th (4th worst). He should be able to keep his top 15 runs going this weekend, and help your team get some points.

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