Picking the drivers that won’t survive the Challenger 16 of the Chase seems fairly simple. Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer just barely made it in on points and neither seems prime to pick up the pace in the next three races. Ryan Newman’s luck has to run out. If he can’t win he can’t keep advancing in the Chase. And while Jamie McMurray had a solid season for his first Chase appearance, he’s going the wrong way. McMurray hasn’t seen the top 10 mid-June.
The survivors of the Contender 12 is a little more difficult to figure out. Jimmie Johnson seems a natural given how good he’s been at Charlotte over the years. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick have all been so strong it seems unlikely they would fail at this point. Likewise Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski are part of very strong organizations and good on mile-and-a-half tracks at Charlotte and Kansas. Finally I’ll go with Kurt Busch since he’s my favorite.
The Eliminator 8 round involves some luck and good fortune. If you don’t win, you certainly can’t afford the bad luck of a wreck. The safe bets are the drivers who have been best all year. Johnson and Kyle have four wins apiece. Logano and Harvick are the fastest each week.
Finally in the Championship race at Homestead I like experience. Johnson has won six titles for a reason. Give me number seven.
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Keeping with the throwback trend for the race this weekend in Darlington, we decided to jump in the fun. From the two-door Monte Carlo to the four-door Impala, the sporty Camaro and this year, the Chevy SS... pace cars are more than just a car leading the field to green. Each year the new paint scheme is something to look forward to, something that Eddie Gossage works closely on with the designer to create something... special.
Which year is your favorite?