The #5 driver to watch is #1 in points and the hottest driver over the last six weeks, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad comes into the sunflower state confident because not only has he collected more points than any other driver in the last six weeks, he won here in early 2011. He has five starts, one win and two Top 5’s.


My #4 driver to watch has never won here but he has been in the Top 5 pretty consistently, #99 Carl Edwards. Carl is a Top  3 driver on down force tracks. Carl, while winless so far, has  four Top 5’s in his ten starts.


My #3 driver is another former winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny got his first and only win here earlier in the year but this is a repave so throw those notes away. Denny has eight starts with one win and only three Top 5’s. Denny has been over-performing almost everywhere this season; we’ll see if that continues here on the new pavement.


My #2 driver to watch is pretty much out of the championship hunt but he has been very strong here, #16 Greg Biffle. Greg is 6th in points and 43 points behind the leader. He should be very confident because he has seven straight Top 10 finishes and five of those were Top 5’s. In fact with 12 starts Greg has two wins and seven total Top 5’s.


My #1 driver is ranked #1 on tracks like this, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 12 starts, two win’s and five Top 5’s. Jimmie is only seven points behind leader Brad Keselowski. With only five races to go Jimmie needs to keep workin’ on bridging that gap.


Monday look for our preview of the Tums Fast Relief 500 from Martinsville Speedway.