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Driver Recommendations for the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on April 13, 2010

Many drivers have fared well at Texas.  There are 10 drivers with an average finishing position better than 15th.  Five of them were chasers last year, so you should have no problems finding good drivers to put on your teams this week.  There are also 14 active drivers that have won in Texas.  Something else to consider this weekend is that there are 6 chasers in the top ten for best average finish over the past 5 races this season.  No one better than Jimmie Johnson, and his 5.2 place average finish.

Want to look at these stats yourself?  You can on Chad’s Fantasy NASCAR on the Track Stats page.

This week’s recommendations:

Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny has the second best average finish at the track with a 10.6 and 6 top tens in his 9 career races at the track.  After last week’s performance he fell to 18th in points, but don’t count him out just yet.  Denny is a very good driver and has too much skill and pride to be down in the pack for long.  Texas is a track that he can start his climb into the top 12.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
Are you shocked I didn’t pick Jimmie again this week?  I know Jimmie is red hot, but he has to have an off week eventually, and I think it could be at Texas.  That’s why I picked Tony as the alternate chaser.  He has a win here, 4 top fives, 10 top tens, and an average finish of 12.2 at the track, good enough for 4th best.  He has also been pretty hot himself over the last five races compiling an average finish of 14.2, 8th best in NASCAR.  Tony knows how to get it done, and will start to pick up the pace.

Matt Kenseth
Matt is an easy choice for the first non-chaser.  He has the best average finish at the track (9.3), the 2nd hottest driver over the last 5 races (7.2 average finish) and is only 36 points behind Jimmie Johnson for the points lead.  I think this is the week that he passes Jimmie and takes the points lead.  He also has 6 consecutive top ten finishes in Texas.  He should definitely be on your team.

Clint Bowyer
Clint edged out Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton for this spot.  His 12.8 place average finish at the track plus his strong runs the last couple weeks gave him the edge.  He’s also managed to get three top ten finishes in the last four races at the track, so he has some recent success as well.

Dark Horse: Martin Truex Jr.
Martin does have four top ten finishes in 9 career races at Texas and a 14.4 average finish in those races.  He’s had a difficult year so far, sitting 19th in points, but maybe he can start a string of 3 or 4 top 10 or 15 finishes and get up to about 15th or 14th in points and start contending to make the chase again.  This could be the weekend for him to begin that little run.

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