My #5 pick has never finished in the Top 5 before, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has four starts with a best finish of 9th, twice. Brad is rated as my #1 flat track driver though and he had two great races at New Hampshire and Pocano, so this could be a new high for Bad Brad at Indy.


My #4 pick is #2 hottest over the last six weeks, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has 14 starts, no win’s and only one Top 5 finish.

Dale likes the tracks without much banking and he is very happy to be here where Chevys have done well. He is #3 rated for me on this type of track.


My #3 pick is tied as the winning-est driver here, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 12 starts here and four wins. Four out of 12 is pretty strong! The funny thing is, he has three other finishes 36 or worse. Jimmie won here two years ago and finished second here last year. He’s also the #2 flat track driver. On his mind though is his last two races this year where he finished in 42nd, helping him to a disappointing 11th hottest over the last six weeks.


My #2 pick is an Indiana native, #31 Ryan Newman. Ryan comes in pretty confident because he is the defending champion of this race. He has a new team this year – Richard Childress Racing, but they aren’t strangers to victory lane here. RCR has won here with two different drivers.


The #1 driver to watch tied with teammate Jimmie Johnson for winning-est driver, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has 20 starts, four wins and 11 Top 5’s. Jeff drives a Chevy which has won here the last 11 years in a row and GM has won 16 of the 20 races run here. Jeff last won here in 2004 but with over half on his starts resulting in a Top 5 Jeff comes in loaded with confidence.


Monday look for our preview of the GOBOWLING.COM 400 from Pocano Raceway.

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