TOP 5 DRIVERS TO WATCH

Tum’s Fast Relief 500 from MARTINSVILLE

 

My #5 pick has just returned to racing after being away for two weeks to recuperate from two concussions, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is out of the Chase but even with an achy head, Jr. is a very good short track driver. He has 25 starts and 10 Top 5’s here. His last four races here were all Top 10’s, two being Top 5’s including a 3rd place finish earlier in the year.

 

The #4 pick has never had a Top 5 here at Martinsville,#2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has five starts here and not only were none of those Top 5’s, he has had only one Top 10 – a 9th place finish here in April. So why put him in my Top5? Because Brad is only getting better here and this is his season of over-performing, so I believe he is due for his first Top 5.

 

My #3 driver to watch is the winning-est current driver here #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff is a 7-time former winner here and his team Hendrick Motorsports has won half the races at this track over the last ten years. 15 of Jeff’s last 19 starts here were all Top 5’s. Jeff has 39 starts, seven wins and 25 Top 5’s. His last win though was the fall of 2005.

 

My #2 driver has the highest average finish here, #48 Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie has 21 starts and 18 of those were Top 10’s, 15 of those were top 5’s. 11 of his last 14 races were Top 5’s. And Jimmie has six wins in just 21 starts! He is battling to win the Championship and I think this race will end in a door to door battle with…

 

My #1 driver, who once won three straight races here, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has great stats at this track – in 14 starts he has nine Top 5’s and four wins. If Denny wants back into the Championship hunt, a win here would really help.

 

 

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