April 13, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

If Hurricane Joaquin will allow some racing this weekend at the Monster Mile, our pick here at pit-road. com to take the checkers is Jeff Gordon. Albeit sentimental, Gordon is second in wins among active drivers with five at Dover; has finished in the top 10 53% of the time and in the top 5 29% of the time. This may not sound impressive, but the Ironman has 45 starts at the track so a  29% top 5 finishing stat means that he has finished in the top 5 thirteen times, with his last win being on 9-28-2014. Jeff has finished in the top 20 in 94% of the races he has run at Dover, so his chances of doing well are high. He needs to finish in the top 12 this race to secure his spot in to the next round, so look for him to be focused and ready to get to the front and stay there. Plus he already has been presented with 90 Monster Mile trophies today for him and the entire 24 team, so why not add one more for the weekend? This may be the first time in history that a driver was given the trophy before the race…

His teammate Jimmie Johnson is the King of the Mile among all drivers, ever, with ten wins, so if you go by this stat alone you would think we’re a little off. OK, that’s a fair statement, but life isn’t fair. Jimmie may have a Harvicking issue to deal with so he could have his hands full. Harvick has issues of his own, the chief among them being he pretty much has to win to advance in The Chase. For that matter, so does Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard. Our pick out of this fight is Kyle Busch. He usually runs well at the track and the man can drive. While The Chase seems to be when he runs the worst, he certainly has the talent to pull off a win this weekend and continue his amazing return after his injury at Daytona.

However it goes down, I’ll be watching. Nervously watching my DraftKings NASCAR picks for the week, hoping that Harvick and Dale Jr. don’t run out of fuel again and cost me some cheddar. Again.

The 2015 Chase

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