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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on July 26, 2010

The boys are back at the big, triangle track.  When they were here back in June Denny Hamlin was the winner.  Many other chasers from last season have done well here in their career with 8 of them ranking in the top 10 of best average finish.  Eight chasers from 2009 have also won at least one race at Pocono.  From these stats it should be easy for you to pick a chaser this week, but picking the non-chaser could be a different story.  Let’s hope I can help you make that decision.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny is one of the best drivers at the Pocono Raceway, so why shouldn’t he be on your team?  He’s won the last two races here, has four career wins, 6 top fives, and 7 top tens in 9 career races at the track.  His average finish of 8.6 is the best among active drivers.  He’s real good and has 5 wins so far this season.  No reason to believe he won’t win this weekend.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
Tony is a little behind Denny at Pocono, but not too far.  He has managed two career wins, 8 top fives, and 17 top tens in 23 career races.  He’s also finished in the top ten in four consecutive races at the track.  His average finish of 11.9 is 5th best among active drivers; a pretty good record.  He finished 3rd here in the June race, so don’t be surprised if he improves a couple more positions and takes home the win.

Kevin Harvick
How can you argue with having the points leader on your team?  Kevin has had a great season so far.  He’s collected a couple of wins and 14 top tens.  He finished 4th here in June and looks to keep the dream season going.  Kevin doesn’t have a win here, and probably won’t win the race Sunday, but should be battling for a top ten or top five finish.  He’s having too good of a season not to be in contention.

Clint Bowyer
Clint is a solid driver that often gets overlooked by many people, me included.  He has a solid record at the Pocono Speedway and should fare well this weekend.  Clint is having a pretty good season sitting 12th in points.  He has 3 top ten finishes in the last 4 races at the track with five top tens in nine career races.  He’s on an uptick at the track and deserves a chance to earn you some points this weekend.

Dark Horse: Sam Hornish Jr.
Sam was my dark horse pick for the June Pocono race, and he did well, finishing 11th, so I figured I should pick him again.  In the last three races here he’s finished 11th, 4th, and 10th.  He’s had a horrible season, but for some reason he does well here, so Sam is worth having on your team to change things up a bit.

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