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Driver Recommendations for 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on October 18, 2010

We’re half way through the chase and there is now only two drivers that have a realistic chance of taking the point lead away from Jimmie Johnson.  Denny Hamlin is 41 points behind and Kevin Harvick is 77 points back.  Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart find themselves more than 150 points back and would need a minor miracle to get back into contention.  The other thing going against the field is that Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin are, by far, the best drivers at Martinsville.  Look for Jimmie to keep his 41 point lead over Denny, but at the same time those two will probably separate themselves from the rest of the field even more.

This Weeks’ Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Why keep Jimmie on your team yet again this week?  Because he’s Jimmie Johnson and in 17 career races at Martinsville he has 16 top ten finishes, 12 top five finishes, and 6 wins.  He’s averaging a 5.4 place finish at Martinsville; 5.4!  How amazing is that?  He’s also averaging better than a 7th place finish over the past five races of the season.  You’d be silly not to keep him on your team.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny doesn’t have quite the record at Martinsville as Jimmie, but he’s dang good.  In 10 career races he has 9 top ten finishes, 7 top five finishes, 3 wins, and an average finish of 6.6.  Those numbers alone are impressive and good enough to have him be your chaser this week; if Jimmie didn’t have better numbers.  But, if you want to go against the popular vote, then Denny is your driver.

Ryan Newman
Ryan has finished in the top ten at Martinsville in three of the last four races here.  He’s also averaging a 13.4 place finish in 17 career races with 9 top ten and 6 top five finishes.  Those aren’t bad numbers and should be proof enough that he can get a good finish and collect a lot of points for you this weekend.

Jamie McMurray
Jamie has been hot lately, averaging a 9th place finish over the last five races.  It’s time to put him on your team, ride his hot streak, and earn some points.  Plus, he does have 9 top ten finishes in 15 career races at Martinsville, so he has a good chance for that hot steak to continue.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
Joey has only raced at Martinsville three times in his career, but in the last two he’s finished 2nd and 12th.  Joey doesn’t appear to be the phenom that Joe Gibbs thought would challenge for the championship every year, but he’s becoming a solid driver that will have a good chance to make the chase in years to come.  With that, put him on your team and give him a chance to earn you some points.

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