This weekend in the first of multiple non-companion events the NASCAR Nationwide series is in music city. The drivers head there for a Saturday night dance under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway.
This is a very good opportunity for some drivers to take advantage of the spotlight with only three drivers doing double duty this weekend from the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Justin Allgaier to me is the one driver who seems to be in the top five and running with the leaders on a consistent basis in 2010. Were heading to Nashville where his finishes have gotten better and better with every visit.
That should not be surprising because you gain more notes and track time you learn how you like your car to handle. His fourth place finish here in April is only a testament to that theory. His average finish there is 15.3 and in April he qualified well and was able to maintain track position.
I would keep an eye out for Allgaier as he is hungry for another win in 2010.
It was only a few weeks ago that I had said Jason Leffler needs something to turn this dismal season around. One crew chief change and three top 10 finishes later, Leffler is back in championship form.
This weekend might be interesting to watch, because his numbers are not very good at Nashville. His average finish is 19th which is about where he starts. His better qualifying efforts have led to better finishes.
While this turnaround was much needed, they still have some work to do in getting him up front and leading laps. He is my dark horse pick for the win this weekend if they can avoid making mistakes that put them in a compromising position.
This race will take most of these drivers back to their roots, short track racing on a Saturday night. The trophy is probably the coolest in sports, a Sam Bass specially painted guitar. Every driver wants one so that is just one incentive to win on Saturday night.
My drivers to watch are Allgaier, Leffler, Carl Edwards and my pick to win is Allgaier.
The Federated Auto Parts 300 is Saturday, 7:30 ET on ESPN2.