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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on March 22, 2010

MartinsvilleThe other short track is up next.  Martinsville is another ½ mile track, but that’s where the similarities to Bristol stop.  Martinsville is shaped like a paperclip with longer straight-aways and shorter, tighter turns.  This will be the first week that the cars are going back to the traditional spoiler and not that stupid wing they had on the back.  I don’t know how that will affect the cars’ handling, but I guess we’ll find out come Sunday.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
What else can be said about Jimmie?  He’s the best driver in NASCAR, there’s no one that compares.  Jimmie is off to a hot start to 2010, winning 3 of the first 5 races.  His record at Martinsville is ridiculous.  15 top tens, 12 top fives, and 6 wins in 16 career races with an average finish of 5.1.  By the way, his worst finish of 35th was in 2002, his first race at Martinsville.  There is no way you can keep Jimmie off of you team this week.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
If for some reason you can’t have Jimmie on your team, you need to pick Jeff.  In his 34 career races he has 28 top tens, 22 top fives, and 7 wins with an average finish of 6.8.  Jeff isn’t off to a great start to 2010, but he has 14 consecutive top tens here, so look for this to be the week that Jeff turns up the heat and makes a run to get into the top 10.

Clint Bowyer
Clint was off to a solid start to the 2010 season before his 40th place finish at Bristol which sent him down to 12th in the points chase.  He does have a pretty good record at Martinsville in his career.  He doesn’t have a win, but has finished in the top ten in 4 of the last 5 races and is averaging a 13.5 place finish in 8 career races at the track; good enough for 7th best among active drivers. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
I’m not a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, but he looks like a pretty good pick this week.  He’s off to a good start to the season, sitting 8th in points.  He’s had an average finish of 14.4 so far this season, and an average finish of 14.1 place finish in his career at Martinsville.  Dale doesn’t have a win in Martinsville, but does have 8 top fives and 10 top tens in 20 career races.

Dark horse: Bobby Labonte
This was a tough week to choose a dark horse since there are five chasers from 2009 outside of the top 15, and I can’t pick them as dark horses.  Bobby is definitely a dark horse.  He hasn’t had a good season since 2004, and hasn’t finished in the top ten at Martinsville since 2006.  Why do I recommend him on your team?  Well, to tell the truth, I wouldn’t if I didn’t have to pick a dark horse for the race.  He did perform OK in the races here last year finishing 13th and 16th, so it’s not out of the question for him to get a top 15 finish.

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