For those of you who follow the NFL, you know that the draft is a week away. Jeff Gluck a NASCAR writer for SBNation.com, posted an interesting article today of what he thinks a NASCAR type draft would look like (Here is the link http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2011/4/22/2126737/nascar-2011-draft-picks-kyle-busch-jimmie-johnson-carl-edwards-dale-earnhardt-jr). He explains how the criteria would work; 43 picks total, 11 in each round. Why 11 picks? As he explains, that would be one pick each round for every multi-car team owner. After reading this, it motivated me to post what I think a NASCAR draft would look like if we were to reset everything.
1. Jimmie Johnson- He isn't the youngest driver, but there is no way any owner could pass up the five straight championships on his resume, regardless of them all being done in the Chase.
2. Kyle Busch- He has the most potential, but as well all know, hasn't shown the ability to run strong all season.
3. Carl Edwards- Can attract sponsors, and is pretty damn good behind the wheel as well.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Strictly for money and sponsors. I actually think this may be too LOW of a spot given his popularity.
5. Kevin Harvick- His resurgence over the last year has made him stronger and more valuable than ever.
6. Kasey Kahne- Did you know he is already 31? He still has plenty of career left, and has the talent to win.
7. Denny Hamlin- I would consider this the first risky pick. He had an amazing run the second half of 2009 to all of last year, but besides that, his career has been good, not great.
8. Tony Stewart- Despite turning 40 next month, Stewart is still looking strong. If I wrote this five years ago, he would be my number one pick.
9. Clint Bowyer- Another risky pick. He has only four wins to his credit, but it looks like his career may be taking off.
10. Jeff Gordon- Like Stewart, he turns 40 next month. He has fewer wins than all of these driver above him since the end of the 2007 season.
11. Juan Montoya- Has shown to be rattle off top 10's on ovals, and we know he is good for a win on the road courses.
1. Kurt Busch- He is a former champion who was won a race at least once every year he has run full time.
2. Paul Menard- Assuming he brings his sponsor on board.
3. AJ Allmendinger- His first win is right around the corner.
4. Matt Kenseth- From a statistical standpoint, he is one of the top five drivers over the last ten years and probably has at least another five good years in him.
5. Trevor Bayne- You could call this a steal or a high risk. His Daytona win sure makes it tempting.
6. Marcos Ambrose- With the new structure of the points, a win on one of the road courses might be all it takes for the Aussie to get in the Chase. A short term pick as he doesn't seem committed to running NASCAR for many years.
7. Ryan Newman- Good hard racer with a college degree.
8. Joey Logano- Still young and popluar, but hasn't met expectations.
9. Greg Biffle- Would pair up nice with a younger driver.
10. Brad Keselowski- Doesn't have the Cup results, but his years with Dale Jr. has made him a popular guy.
11. Martin Truex Jr.- See number 10.
I am curious as to what your list would look like. You don't have to detail every single driver like I did; it was more time consuming than I thought. Make a list and share it, or simply tell me I'm crazy for putting a certain driver so high or low.
And finally, I will make Richmond predictions soon. Happy Easter to everyone!
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