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Driver Recommendations for2010 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on November 1, 2010

Now the chase is getting really good with only 38 points separating Jimmie Johnson from third place Kevin Harvick.  Look for the rest of the field to give Jimmie, Denny, and Kevin plenty of room to race as no one wants to be the guy that wrecks them and ruins their chance to win the championship.  With that in mind, it may be wise to have one of them on your team this week.  Texas is a pretty wide track and give the drivers room to avoid trouble, so they should be able to make it through to the end with their cars in one piece.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
I’m picking Jimmie for two reasons.  1; he has a 10.1 place average finish at Texas and 2; he has the best average finish over the last five races (4th place).  Oh, and the fact that he’s won four consecutive championships helps a bit too.  I’m sure some people get sick of hearing the great stats that Jimmie have, but let’s face it; the guy is awesome at almost every track.  I guess that’s why he’s one of the greatest ever.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny has the best average finish at Texas (9.6) and the third best average finish over the last five races this season (6.8).  He has a win, four top five and seven top ten finishes at Texas in 10 career races.  He’s more than a solid driver.  He’s learning how to win, and this could be the season that he learns how to knock off one of the all-time greats and win the championship.

Mark Martin
The old man has been in all 19 races at Texas and won one with six top five and 11 top ten finishes.  His average finish of 12.8 is good enough for 4th best among active drivers.  Mark has also been really good over the last five races of the chase with an average finish of 9.4.  Mark is doing well and looks to be in a groove and should get you a solid top ten finish this weekend.

Ryan Newman
There are not many drivers outside of the chasers with a good record at Texas.  Ryan’s numbers aren’t great, but there about as good as anyone’s who isn’t in the chase.   Ryan has a win and three top five finishes at Texas in his 14 race career at the track.  His average finish of 21.6 isn’t overly impressive, but looking at the average finishes of other drivers, it’s not too bad.  He’s experienced and knows how to win, so why not have him on your team this weekend?

Dark Horse: Martin Truex Jr.
I was surprised to see how well Martin has done in Texas after looking at his stats.  He’s raced here 10 times with five top ten and one top five finish averaging a 13. Place finish.  He’s finished in the top ten in two of the last four races here.  He’s definitely not an automatic pick to finish in the top ten, but a solid driver that should get you some good points this weekend.

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