Creature Vs. Creature: NASCAR Picks (Daytona 500)

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2009

Each week, seven our our beloved B/R NASCAR writers discuss their picks for the upcoming race. Each week, the writer receives the total number of points their selected driver gets.

At the end of the 26-race regular season, writer's will receive 10 bonus points for each win they had during the season and the Chase field will be set just as the Cup stars do it.

We have some good picks this week including: both Gatorade Duel winners and both runner-ups.

This week we really get started, last week was a practice round for our Creatures, but today the points start to add up.

Here is a look at this week's picks.

me.jpgBen Bomberger

This weeks pick: Tony Stewart — I'm going to stick with Tony Stewart for Sunday's race. He looked good in the Budweiser Shootout and is in his best equipment ever heading into the Daytona 500.

I know he's never visited Victory Lane in the February race [at least not in Cup], but he's been there a few times in the Nationwide Series as well as the July weekend race at Daytona. So here's to Stewart—go Smoke the competition! [Stewart will start fifth after finishing second in his Duel race.]

Last week: Tony Stewart (finished third)


mj.jpgMary Joe Buchanan

This weeks pick: Jeff Gordon — Ok, you know, I've been a fan since I came back to racing six years ago.  So, I'm making my pick now, even before the duels. I have to go with my driver, Jeff Gordon, to win the Daytona 500 and finally get off to a great start for the season with a WIN under his belt. 

While I'm sure that this will now doom the man, I have to be true to my driver — that's what all loyal race fans do, right??!!! So, my pick is the 24 Dupont Chevrolet piloted by Big Daddy Jeff. [Gordon will start third Sunday after winning his Duel race.]

Last week: Brian Vickers (finished 11th)


lj.jpgL.J. Burgess

This weeks pick: Jamie McMurray — The car is obviously fast and Jamie Mac is the luckiest S-O-B in NASCAR and that's what it takes to win Daytona...luck and a fast car. If Jamie Mac doesn't win the 500 then he's at Yates next year...maybe. [McMurray will start 21st on Sunday after a 10th place finish in his Duel race.]

Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 18th)


kelly.jpgKelly Crandall

This weeks pick: Kyle Busch — He has been so strong this week. He was dominant all last year and was just spectacular at the plate races. And he was by far the best car in last years Daytona 500 and should have won the thing before making a mistake at the end.

But he won two other plate races last year. I expect him to be strong again Sunday! [Busch will start fourth Sunday after winning his Duel race.]

Last week: Kyle Busch (finished 10th)



Adam Heasley

This weeks pick: Dale Earnhardt Jr — I'm gonna have to take my boy Junior. I gotta be loyal to him...And he is always good. Go JR! My reason? Why not JR? lol However, I think Tony might just get his 500 win this year. [Earnhardt will start 14th after finishing seventh in his Duel race.]

Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 18th)

Since Adam joined us a week later, here is a look at his projected Chase field (in no particular order):

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Championship Pick)
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards
4. Kyle Busch
5. Mark Martin
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Casey Mears
8. Martin Truex Jr. (Dark Horse)
9. Greg Biffle
10. Matt Kenseth
11. David Regan
12. Jeff Burton


sm.jpgS.M. Napier

This weeks pick: Kevin Harvick — I'm picking "Happy" for the Daytona 500. He made several amazing moves getting to the front, think he's not tipping his hand as to the quality of his equipment, he was the only driver to use the middle without falling back or having a car on his bumper.

Saw something new with him, since he did damage the car, but soldier on and didn't let the misfortune ruin his race like a few times in the past. [Harvick will start 32nd after finishing 18th in his Duel race.]

Last week: Bobby Labonte (finished 19th)


david.jpgDavid Phillips

This weeks pick: Mark Martin — I know he's never won the 500 (in 47 starts) and has zero wins at Daytona and only two restrictor plate wins. He may not be the odd on favorite but he's my pick—over 50 and sure doesn't need a rocking chair yet.

He will be more confidant than in the past and should be a rejuvenated racer with HMS and should find success soon. [Martin will start second on Sunday and finished second in his Shootout Thursday.]

Last week:Paul Menard (finished 12th)

Creature Standings
Ben Bomberger
Mary Jo Buchanan
L.J. Burgess
Kelly Crandall
Adam Heasley
S.M. Napier
David Phillips








For more information about the seven writers making picks weekly visit their B/R page by clicking on each writer's name.

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