Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Points to ponder and thoughts - Charlotte

-With the amount of cookie cutters in the Chase, I am starting to believe Kurt Busch may be the favorite to end Jimmie Johnson’s streak of four consecutive Sprint Cups.

-What an interesting season its been for Jamie McMurray. All four of his top 5 finishes have been either first or second place finishes. These have all come at NASCAR’s “Majors” tracks – Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte.

-Let me say this about Jeff Burton – as a NASCAR fan, I am proud to have him in our sport. I never get nervous when he is around my favorite drivers. I can’t say Kyle did anything wrong, but Jeff certainly put him in place after the race was over. As for Kyle’s third place finish, I never saw that coming after that hit his car took on pit road with Brad Keselowski.

-Despite Mark Martin’s struggles this season, he has 5 top 5 finishes in 2010, tied for the most.

-All three of David Reutimann’s finishes this year have been 5th place results. If his engines would hold up, he may very well be a Chase contender.

-After several consecutive weeks of being the car to beat, Jeff Gordon has looked rather mediocre these past couple of races.

-If Jimmie Johnson keeps making mistakes like he has been, he may be in danger of missing the Chase. Not saying its going to happen, but anything is possible.

-I know he is a slow starter, but Tony Stewart’s season continues to be a career worst. I have said before we will know after Pocono whether he will be back on track, but its clear – he isn’t. Mark my words, Stewart will NOT make the Chase.

-One last interesting note, this also about Stewart. You see stats all the time about Tony’s month by month wins, but here is a new one. Of his 37 career Sprint Cup victories, only 8 have come during a FOX broadcast. As we all know, FOX has broadcasted the first 13-18 races of the season since 2001.

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