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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 28, 2010

Daytona is a tough track to pick a winner.  With the threat of the “big one” around the corner taking out half the field, anyone can have a bad day.  The best average finish here is 12.3 and 10th best is 17.4.  Averaging a 17th place finish at a track isn’t that good, but it goes to show how hard it can be to finish in the top ten at Daytona.  A lot of times only two or three seconds separate the winner from 20th place.  Let’s look at Jeff Gordon as an example.  He leads active drivers in wins, with 6, and is only averaging a 15.8 place finish.  (14 finishes of 20th or worse in 35 races)  Picking your team will be hit or miss, so good luck.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kurt Busch
Kurt has been pretty hot lately averaging a 9th place finish over the past five races this season, good enough for 3rd best .  He’s also done well recently at Daytona.  Kurt has registered 5 top tens in the last 6 races at the track.  In his career he has 10 top tens, and 9 top fives in 19 races.  Kurt is a very good racer and is having a great season, sitting 6th in points with two wins.  There’s no reason he shouldn’t be on your team.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
If you thought Kurt Busch was hot over the past 5 races this season, Tony has been even hotter.  No one has a better average finish than Tony (6.8).  He’s found his summer groove and seems to be putting it on cruise control.  In 23 career races at Daytona International Speedway he has 12 top tens, 7 top fives, 3 wins, and a 16.7 average finish (8th best).  He’s also finished in the top ten in two of the last 3 races at Daytona so take that into account when choosing your chaser.

Matt Kenseth
Matt has four consecutive top ten finishes at Daytona, with one win in there, and has the 10th best average finish here among active drivers.  He’s 7th in the point standings, but hasn’t won a race yet this season.  This is definitely a track that he can win and, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in victory lane after the race.

Clint Bowyer
Would you believe it if I told you that Clint Bowyer owns the best average finish at Daytona among active drivers?  Well, believe it.  His 12.3 average finish can’t be beat by anyone.  In 9 career races he’s collected 6 top tens and 2 top fives.  His two worst finishes were 29th last season and 24th in 2008, so even when he does bad, it’s good enough to collect points and help out your team.  Looking at his record I think he’s a must have on your team.

Dark Horse: David Ragan
Would you believe it if I told you that David Ragan owns the second best average finish at Daytona among active drivers?  It’s true.  He’s averaging a 14.1 finish in 7 races with three top tens and two top fives.  The bad thing with David is that he’s having one horrible season.  He’s 24th in points and has been ice cold over the last 5 races averaging a 25.8 place finish (9th worse in that span).  It may be tough to put David on your team based on those stats, but if you need someone that no one else will have on their team then he’s the one.  Based on past performances here he does stand a decent chance of finishing in the top ten.


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