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Driver Recommendations for 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on November 2, 2009

It’ll be hard for the finish of this race to top Talladega. Wow, was that a wild one or what? NASCAR needs to do something to get the cars out of the big packs causing the horrific wrecks. There are quite a few opinions on it, and I’ll try to write mine later in the off-season, but for now let’s focus on Texas. It’s another fast track that allows the drivers to drive. There are several drivers who do well here, so let’s take a look at the recommendations.

Recommendations This Week:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
There is no one as hot as Jimmie, and no one better than him at Texas. He’s got the Chase all but wrapped after averaging a 3.8 place finish over the last 5, and his 8.5 place average finish at Texas is best among active drivers. If you think Jimmie will take it easy this weekend and cruise to the championship, think again. Jimmie may lay back in the beginning, but by the end of the race he’ll be with the lead pack fighting for the win.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Carl’s 3 wins at the Texas Motor Speedway are most among active drivers. His 13.4 average finish is 5th best. This is the style of track that Carl is used to dominating on. If any chaser outside of Jimmie can win it should be Carl. He hasn’t been doing so well in the chase, but Texas is a track he can dominate at and a win here would help get him geared up for next year.

Matt Kenseth
Matt’s 9.7 place average finish in Texas is 2nd only to Jimmie Johnson. He is very good at this track with a win, 6 top tens and 9 top fives in 14 career races. 5 of those top fives have been in the last 5 races. He only has two top tens (2nd & 3rd place finishes) since the chase started, but with his success in the past at Texas he should be in the top ten most of the day, and in the hunt for a top five finish. Like others that have had a disappointing year, he’s going to want to finish strong and carry the momentum into 2010.

Kyle Busch
Kyle has turned it on in the last five races averaging a 12.6 place finish, good enough for 4th best. He’s also done well in Texas finishing in the top ten in 3 of the last 4 here. We all know how aggressive Kyle can drive and he won’t be changing that just because it’s the end of the season. He wants to make sure he holds off Matt Kenseth for 13th place in points to secure the bonus, and appear at the awards banquet.

Darkhorse: Joey Logano
To say Joey has done bad in Texas is an understatement. So why have him on your team? Well, he’s a lot better driver now than he was last year, and earlier this season. Joey has really been turning it on lately; his 12.4 average finish in the last five races is 3rd best. Take a chance on the kid and put him on your team. I have a feeling he’ll battler for a top ten finish in Texas.

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