The #5 driver to watch finished 5th here earlier in the year, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie came limping into the Chase 29th hottest, but over the last six weeks has moved up to 4th hottest! He has 23 starts, two wins and six Top 5’s. Jimmie drives a Chevy and they have won 65% of the races in the last ten years.

My #4 pick is the #1 driver by best average finish, #2 Brad Keselowski. He is very happy to be racing where he has two wins in just nine starts with three Top 5 finishes. Brad is coming off a win last week at Charlotte and knowing he has done so well here in the past should help him forget his 15th place finish here earlier in the year.

My #3 driver is watching his Championship chances slowly fade away, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has an unbelievable 41 starts, six wins and 15 Top 5’s. With just five races to go and sitting 36 points behind our leader, he has to have a big week every week for any chance at The Cup.

My #2 driver to watch has shaky stats here, #20 Matt Kenseth. In 27 starts Matt has only five Top 5’s. But he did get a win here in this race last year. It can’t feel good for all the championship contenders to know that the points’ leader is the defending champ of this race. Also he is #1 hottest over the last six weeks.

The #1 driver to watch is the #1 rated restrictor plate racer, #15 Clint Bowyer. Clint has 15 starts, two wins (both in the fall), and four Top 5’s. Those stats helped him to the 2nd best average finish here. A big finish here will go a long way to erasing his race at Richmond this year, which we would all like to do.



Monday look for our preview of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 from Martinsville Speedway.