The Monday Morning Crew Chief writes:
"My Martinsville Picks"
Posted by martin-n-rusty on March 24, 2010
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As I said, there was no Monday Morning Roundup, due to my girlfriend being in for surgery (and everything went ok), and the hockey game I had Sunday. It will resume as normal Monday, unless unforeseen circumstances occur.
Well, Kyle Busch was able to get his first Top 10 of the year, but he was nowhere near as dominant as his brother. Looked like I should of listened to the crowd on picking Kurt. 74 points from Kyle Busch.
Dale Jr. and Kevin Harvick were more than respectable B-List picks, though a few B-listers did better. 70 points for Harvick, 78 for Dale Jr.
As usual, Bristol was unkind to the C-listers, as I accurately predicted, but Scott Speed was having a decent race (for a C-lister at Bristol) until having trouble late. Could of went with A.J. Allmendinger, but all things considered, I still see Bristol as a crap shoot for C-list drivers. 30 points for Speed.
A-List (1 starter, 1 reserve)
Starter - Jimmie Johnson
Reserve - Jeff Gordon
I would be absolutley stupid not to make this pick. Jimmie and Jeff have finished in the Top 10 every time in the last 10 races at Martinsville, but Jimmie gets the nod over Jeff as Jimmie has been nothing short of dominant (5 wins to Jeff's 2, and having led over 400 more laps than Jeff). Jeff gets the reserve spot, due to an excellent qualifying record at the track (5.7 Average start).
B-List (2 starters, 2 reserves)
Starters - Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman
Reserves - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenesth
I would more than likely make Jr. the starter over McMurray or Newman, but having used Jr. twice already, I want to save him for future uses, just in case. This is of course, based on how everyone looks before raceday Sunday. Expect this to be much different by Sunday morning.
Starter - Paul Menard
Reserve - Scott Speed
Menard is having a good start to the season, and if he keeps this up (doubtful), as I said, I might be eating my earlier prediction of Menard. I'll jump on this bandwagon this weekend, and hope for the best. Short of Casey Mears, who now runs in a underfunded, and possibly soon dead team, Martinsville, like Bristol, has been unkind to C-list drivers. Speed is Reserve like normal.
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