My #5 driver to watch has absolutely nothing to lose, #42 Kyle Larson. Kyle has only one Cup start where he finished 9th. His teammate is the defending champion of this race. Kyle is #3 hottest over the last six weeks. Do you mean he only has one cup start on this track? It sounds like he’s only raced one race. But then he couldn’t be #3 hottest over last six weeks. If you mean on the track put “on this track” after “start”.

The #4 driver to watch finished 5th here last year, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle managed to avoid all the post-race extracurricular activities Saturday night and has been flying under the radar which is where he should be. Kyle rolls in in 5th hottest over the last six weeks. He has 19 starts, one win and four Top 5’s. Interestingly three of his four Top 5’s came in the last five races.

My #3 driver is watching his Championship chances slowly fade away, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has an unbelievable 28 starts, five wins and nine Top 5’s. With just five races to go and sitting 26 points out of the transfer slot he needs a big week.

My #2 driver to watch has shaky stats here, #20 Matt Kenseth. In 29 starts Matt has only five Top 5’s. But he did get a win here in this race in 2012. I’m sure he is still pumped up about his multiple run-ins with the #2 car and since he is on the bubble of making the Top Eight to move on to the Eliminator round, he knows he needs the points. Finishing up front locks him in.

My #1 pick is the #1 driver in the garage right now, #2 Brad Keselowski. He is very happy to be here where he has two wins in just 11 starts with three Top 5 finishes. Brad is coming off a tough night at Charlotte and we know he isn’t concerned with making friends, he’s just focused on winning races. And that is the only way he stays in the Chase – with a win. He will try to forget that he finished 28th here earlier in the year.


Monday look for our preview of the Goodys Headache Relief Shot 500 from Martinsville Speedway.