The Monday Morning Crew Chief writes:
"My picks for Richmond"
Posted by martin-n-rusty on April 28, 2010
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Going over my picks last week...
The switch to Juan Pablo Montoya was a good one, and I thank Start-and-Parker for that. Of course though, when well over half the field gets to lead at least one lap, those bonuses are not as special. 96 Points from JPM.
Not as well, Kasey Kahne lead some laps, but ended up getting caught up in The Big One late. Dale Jr ran a decent race, but not well enough. 60 points from Kahne, 76 from Dale Jr.
Robby Gordon was a switch as well, but it was a wash between Gordon and my original pick (Scott Speed), Gordon finished 20th and lead laps. Speed finished 15th and led no laps. Wouldn't of mattered. 62 points from Robby, 292 points overall, finally a decent race.
This week at Richmond.
Starter: Denny Hamlin
Reserve: Mark Martin
Kyle Busch has been great at this track (6.0 average finish last 10 races), but Busch hasn't had a great season, and I'm going to stray some from looking at drivers with the best average finishes. Yes Denny Hamlin had surgery on his ACL, and it seemed to affect him at Phoenix, but after that, he seems to have done ok. I expect him to do well at his home track. Mark Martin gets the reserve spot.
Starters: Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman
Reserves: Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr.
Kevin Harvick has the best average finish amongst B-Listers (9.1), and ill hinge my bets that he will still be on his Talladega high, and finish well. Ryan Newman has done reasonably well here as well, and I'll make him my pick. Kahne and Truex are my reserve picks.
Starter: Sam Hornish Jr.
Reserve: Scott Speed
Hornish has done reasonably well for a C-Lister (18.8 in 4 races), so ill pick him, Speed is my usual reserve.
As usual, if anybody has any better ideas, go ahead and toss them to me, and I might consider it.
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