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Driver Recommendations for the 2010 Auto Club 500

Posted by chadmusselman on February 15, 2010

JimmieLet’s hope California can have their track stay together for the entire race, unlike Daytona. The 2+ hours of delays to fix the track were horrible. It did make for a pretty exciting finish though. Let’s hope we can have something similar in California. The Auto Club Speedway is a wide 2 mile D-shaped track that allows the drivers to hit speeds up to 200 miles per hour, and is plenty wide enough for 2-wide racing. It could make for a good race if the drivers are willing to mix it up a bit and do some bump drafting.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie had a bad day at Daytona finishing 35th, but that’s nothing for him. California is a whole different story. He has dominated at this speedway with a NASCAR best, 4 wins and 5.8 place average finish. In the last 6 races here he has 6 top tens, 5 top fives, and 3 wins. Simply amazing. Jimmie is easily the favorite to win the race on Sunday.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
If you don’t want to go with the obvious choice of Jimmie as your chaser, then you need Carl on your team. His 6.6 place average finish is 2nd best at the Auto Club Speedway. He has 10 top ten finishes in 11 career races here. He’s pretty much a guarantee to finish in the top ten. If Jimmie isn’t on your team, then Carl has to be.

Matt Kenseth
I’ll stick with the drivers with the great average finishes at this track by picking Matt. He has the 3rd best average finish here with a 9.3. He’s tied for the 2nd most wins (3) at the speedway with Jeff Gordon. Matt has finished in the top ten in 8 of the last 9 races here. Over the past 4 or 5 years he’s been automatic.

Kyle Busch
Kyle has the 5th best average finish at the track with a 10.5 average. He has 8 top tens in 11 career races, and has one win at the track. He looked pretty good at times in Daytona, and ended up finishing 14th. I know he wants to get out of the gates with a good start to the 2010 season, so look for him to be determined on Sunday in California and take home a top 5 finish.

Dark Horse: Kevin Harvick
I know he’s 5th in points right now, but since I’m using the final standings from last season, and he finished 19th, he qualifies as a dark horse. Kevin had a very good race in Daytona and should be able to follow it up with another strong effort at the Auto Club Speedway. He does have 3 top tens in the last 4 races here, and 10 top tens in his 15 career races. After the good run in Daytona, Kevin’s confidence should be up, and will carry him to another top 10 finish.

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