CNBC’s the Profit 500  from PHOENIX

My #5 driver to watch is the #1 hottest driver over the last six races, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. also finished Top 5 in his last two races here. Since he is coming off a major win last week at Daytona AND he knows he is making the Chase he’ll be loose and relaxed here in the desert.


My #4 driver has been very successful here since they repaved and rebanked the track in the middle of 2011, #11 Denny Hamlin. In the five races following the overhaul of the track Denny has had three Top 3’s and one of those was a win. That win was in this race in 2011.  


The #3 driver to watch is my #3 rated flat track driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad too has found success here since the repave. He has had two Top 5’s in the five races

 and all five races run were 18th or better. Brad’s flat track skills really show well here where he has been very consistent.


My #2 driver to watch is the most recent winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 24 starts, four wins and seven Top 5’s. Kevin not only won here last year in the November race, he won that same race the year before. He is here with a new team, but I’ll be looking for the same style results.


My #1 pick this week is the driver who has the best average finish in Phoenix #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 21 starts here with four wins, and 14 Top 5’s – over half! 13 of the last 15 starts here were all Top 5’s.




Monday look for our preview of the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.




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