My #5 driver is the #1 hottest driver at the moment, #19 Carl Edwards. Carl is red hot coming off two straight wins and is at a track where swagger is everything. Carl has 23 starts and just three Top 5’s to show for it. He is the hottest driver over the last six weeks and he finished 5th here last fall.


My #4 pick got his very first win here, #2 Brad Keslowski. In 14 starts Brad has won here three times, his first win in spring 2009 and again in spring 2012 and then again in fall of 2014.  He is 9th in points and  8th hottest. Not bad, but not where Brad wants to be. Look for the #2 car to come alive in Bama.


My #3 driver is a two-time former-winner, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 28 starts, the two wins and seven Top 5’s. He comes in here #3rd in points, but #15 hottest over the last six weeks. Most importantly he is my #2 rated plate track driver and very happy to be here where Hendrick Motorsports equipment has been very strong.


My #2 driver to watch is another former-winner here, #4 Kevin Harvick. He won in this spring race in 2010. He has 28 starts, that win and six Top 5’s. The important stat though is that he is #2 in points and #2 hottest over the last six races. He has is also my #3 rated plate track driver.


The number #1 driver is the winning-est current driver down in ‘dega, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has 31 starts, six wins and 11 Top 5’s. Dale is the #1 restrictor-plate driver. He is 3rd hottest over the last six weeks, is the defending champion of this race and in the fall he finished 2nd.




Monday we’ll preview the GOBOWLING.COM 400 from Kansas.

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