NASCAR 2010 CHASE Preview: New Hampshire
Clint Bowyer seems to find a way to turn it on in the final weeks leading up to the Chase. In fact in 2007 he did the same exact thing he did this year. He and his team put themselves in position to make the Chase and in both years they have done it in convincing fashion.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Bowyer in the Chase and it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him up front on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He qualified second for the race and even though he is sitting 12th in the standings, Bowyer is looking to prove that he and his team are no sleepers.
His average finish at NHMS is 17.8 he has one win, one top five and 3 top 10 finishes.
One thing we have seen in recent weeks is that this team seems to struggle to make that one adjustment at the end of the race. They have solid cars, solid stops but it is that one little adjustment they need to make that takes them from just a contender to a winner.
Tony Stewart has one win in 2010 but that doesn’t mean he won’t win more races as the season winds down.
Stewart has been in his late season form and heading to NHMS where he has two wins, 12 top fives and 14 top 10 finishes.
Not bad for a driver who off the truck this weekend has looked like a slid contender on Sunday. Stewart qualified third for Sunday’s race at NHMS. He has never won at NHMS at the Chase, but a win here would jump start his drive for this year’s title.
In my opinion if you are going to win on Sunday, you will have to beat Stewart.
Kyle Busch sits fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. His three wins so far this season and latest at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For Busch the Chase has not been very kind to him. After dominating the season in 2008 he entered the Chase with the series lead only to lose it in 50 laps at NHMS.
Busch has one win at NHMS, four top fives and five top 10 finishes; his average finish is 15.8. Busch seems to have a mishap early in a race and then have to battle his way back to the front.
Busch cannot afford these mishaps in the Chase. Mistakes like this are far more costly and you might not be able to work your way back up through the field. That being said Busch will start in the top 10 in eighth on Sunday.
Track position is key at NHMS and Busch has that; now the question is can win number four this season come on Sunday?
Of all the drivers looking forward to NHMS, Greg Biffle would be on the top of that list. Biffle struggled last week at Richmond and left there seeded seventh in the standings.
Biffle will start the race in 14th and will try to start this Chase like he did in 2008. He won the first two races of the playoffs. Biffle really just needs a solid run on Sunday at NHMS. He has one win, four top fives and six top 10’s at NHMS.
.A lot of the information you take from Richmond can help direct your setups for NHMS. Biffle’s poor finish there still leaves me wondering; can he and his team bounce back from a dismal race at Richmond?
I guess you could say its Jimmie Johnson’s time to shine, right? Not so fast as this team hasn’t shown quite the dominance that he has in his previous four title runs. Johnson though has been adamant his team is focused and ready you continue to etch their names in the history books.
Johnson will have his work cut out for him as he will start 25th on Sunday and will have to battle traffic early in the race.
His numbers at NHMS shouldn’t be much of a surprise to many people. Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10’s and an average finish of 9.0.
Johnson finally found comfort in his car during the final practice of the day. He might be starting mid pack but Johnson comfortable in the Chase will always be a threat.
If there is one driver in the Chase this season that needs a win, should have won and could have won; Jeff Gordon is that driver.
Gordon who started the year off as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit cooled off as the summer heated up.
Gordon at NHMS has three wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10’s and an average finish 11.2. In recent weeks we have saw this team struggle in qualifying. They haven’t had a top 15 start since Pocono. This weekend they start 17th but on Saturday Gordon was much more confident in his car during final practice.
Gordon is seeded eighth in the standings. It will be important to get a solid finish if not a win this weekend if he wants to be a factor in the championship.