TOP 5 DRIVERS

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The number #5 driver to watch is a five-time former-winner here, #78 Kurt Busch. Kurt has 25 starts, those five wins and just seven Top 5 finishes. Kurt’s last win may have come in ’06, and he may leave his team at the end of the year, but he finished 4th here earlier in the year and is 6th hottest over the last six weeks. 

      

My #4 driver needs points badly, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad sits 8th in points, has no wins yet this season and if he has a couple of bad runs he could miss the Chase. He is very happy to be at a place where in seven starts he has two wins and three Top 5’s, including 3rd place last March.

 

The number #3 driver to watch is the fourth hottest on the circuit right now and has the worst stats here,  #15 Clint Bowyer. Clint has 14 starts, no wins and five Top 5’s.  Just five Top 5’s is not spectacular, but three of those came in the last six races. He is just getting better here in Thunder Valley.

 

The #2 pick is my highest rated short track driver, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 21 starts, one win and seven Top 5’s. More importantly three of those Top 5’s came in his last six races. He is coming off a blown motor last week at Michigan and is still 3rd hottest over the last 6 weeks. There have been some changes to the track here and no one is better at dealing with changes than his team, Hendrick Motorsports.

 

The #1 driver to watch is yet another driver with five C

up wins at Bristol, #18 Kyle Busch. But even more impressive is the fact that Kyle has 14 wins at this track across all three series here. He got number 14 Wednesday in the Camping World truck series. He’ll be in the Nationwide race tonight and of course Saturday night in the Cup race. Kyle comes in with five wins in just 17 starts, he also has eight Top 5’s including his second place finish to Kasey Kahne in March. He is my #2 rated short track driver.

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