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Driver Recommendations for the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

Posted by chadmusselman on February 22, 2010

Las VegasSin City, Las Vegas. This is definitely a unique city that the boys roll into this weekend. I’m sure some of the drivers will visit a casino or two, but don’t expect any “Hangover” type scenarios to happen, although maybe the FOX TV coverage could work some of that in during the race. That could be pretty funny.

I know this is uncreative, but I’m sticking with the drivers that have the best average finish at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They finish in the top ten for a reason, so why not recommend them to be on your team?

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie’s California win should set anyone straight that was foolish enough to think his poor performance at Daytona meant he wouldn’t have a good year. Like most tracks, Jimmie has done very well in Las Vegas leading all drivers with 3 wins. His 11.1 place average finish is 3rd best among active drivers. Jimmie hasn’t finished in the top ten at Las Vegas since he won the 2007 race, so he’s due for another good run. Look for him to build on the California win and be up front all day.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny has 3 top tens in 4 career races in Las Vegas and is averaging an 11th place finish. He doesn’t have a win here, but he’s always hanging around the top 5 and could sneak into victory lane this weekend.

Kyle Busch
Kyle has been pretty quiet so far this year. A couple of 14th place finishes have been less than spectacular. Look for that to change in Las Vegas. This is his home track and he should have more family and friends in the stands making him push harder than he has in the first two races. Kyle did win the race here last year and is averaging an 11.2 place finish in his 6 career races at the speedway. Look for Kyle to drive a little more aggressively this weekend and push his way to the front.

Matt Kenseth
Like the other recommendations, Matt has a great average finish in Las Vegas; 12.4. He has 5 top tens in 10 career races with 2 wins and 4 top fives. Matt is a good driver, and is off to a solid start to the 2010 season.

Dark Horse: Jeff Burton
Jeff has started all 12 races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and has the best average finish, 9.8. He also has two wins at the track, 5 top fives, and 8 top tens. Jeff is one of the most underrated drivers on the circuit. He’s a very good driver and should probably be on your team about every week.


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