My #5 driver is very consistent here, #24 Chase Elliott. Chase has only raced here three times. In his three starts his best finish was 8th but his worst was 12th. He comes in #4 hottest over the last six weeks. Only a win would lock him in to the Championship and he may come up short but not too short.

The #4 driver to watch is an outstanding flat track driver, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad is my #2 flat track driver and comes in here #3 hottest over the last six weeks. Since they redid the track he has five Top 5’s in the twelve races. He finished 5th here earlier in the year trying to beat Ryan Newman.  Brad is in the championship hunt and really just needs to win or a have a big points day, unless one of the other four drivers in the Top 8 wins.

My #3 pick this week is a former winner here, #11 Denny Hamlin.  Denny has five Top 5’s since the track was redone. Five outta 12, not bad. Plus he had a win in the spring of 2012. He is my #4 flat track driver and sits #5 hottest over the last six races. 

My #2 pick is a former winner but on the old track, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle last won here in this race in 2005. Like Martin Truex Jr. and KevinHarvick he doesn’t have to win to stay in the Cup hunt but he does want a big finish. He comes in with 11 starts and five Top 5’s on the repave track. His last four finishes were 4th place or better finishes. He is ranked #5 on flat tracks.   

My #1 pick is the closer, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin is the winning-est current driver here. He has finished in first or second in eight of the twelve races run since the track reconfiguration. He has twelve starts, six wins and nine Top 5’s-75%, since the new paving. He is my #1 rated flat track racer. And he is 2nd hottest over the last six races. He is locked into a playoff spot but I think he win not because he has to but because he can.    


Monday look for our preview of the Ford 400 from Miami-Homestead.








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