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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on August 16, 2010

The night race at Bristol.  This is definitely one of the top races of the season and usually most exciting.  The guys are in close quarters all the way around the track for every lap.  Tempers flare and there’s usually a couple of drivers yelling at or pushing each other by the end of the race.  If you’re going to watch every lap of one race, this should probably be the one.  Bristol is fun. 

Some notables doing very bad in the last five races with their average finish in parenthesis; Bobby Labonte (31.2), Elliott Sadler (26.2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (24.4), Brad Keselowski (22.2), Kurt Busch (22.2).

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie doesn’t have one of the best average finishes at Bristol, but he has been on a roll at the track recently.  He won the race here in March and has finished in the top ten in the last three here.  He’s never place in the top ten three races in a row before at Bristol, but I expect him to up that streak to four in a row come Saturday night.  He finished 12th last week in Michigan and should be getting things cranked up and ready for the chase.

Alternate Chaser: Greg Biffle
Greg has the second best average finish at Bristol among active drivers (11th), and has finished 4th here in the last two races.  He’s been on a roll of late averaging a 13.4 place finish over the last five races this season.  Greg may be finding his way back into serious contention for the championship.  He’s hitting his stride at the right time, and getting his confidence up for the start of the chase.  He needs to get a couple more top five or top ten finishes to ensure he makes the chase.

Kyle Busch
In terms of average finish Kyle Busch is the best at Bristol with his 10.1 place average finish.  He’s third in career wins here with 3, behind Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch who have five each.  Kyle has finished in the top ten at Bristol in 4 consecutive races and 8 of the last 9.  Kyle has only finished in the top ten in two of the last nine races this season, so he’s due for a top ten finish.  Bristol is obviously a track he’s comfortable with so that top ten should happen this weekend.

Matt Kenseth
Matt is another driver having a solid season with a good average finish at Bristol (12.7), and good average finish over the past five races (12.2).  He’s finished in the top ten in 4 of the last 5 races at Bristol, and looks to keep his great season going strong.  There’s no reason he shouldn’t be on your team.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
Marcos has only raced at Bristol three times and finished in the top ten twice, although he finished 33rd the in spring race this year.  Don’t let that fool you though, he should be good for a top ten or top fifteen finish this weekend.  If you want someone on your team others may not have, Marcos could be that guy.


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