It’s back to the short tracks this week as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Thunder Valley, Bristol Motor Speedway.
Known for bumping, banging and short tempers, our Creatures will be rubbing fenders this week just as their picks are expected to duke it out under the lights. Saturday will see 500 miles and 500 laps at the fastest half mile in Tennessee.
Just three races remain until the Chase for the Championship in which our Creatures will only be allowed to pick a driver only once but for now it’s all about collecting as many bonus points as possible. Here’s who our Creatures believe will get them a win at Bristol.
Ben Bomberger: Kyle Busch
The Shrub is due to rebound and have a good week. I say he completes the sweep at Bristol and collects his third win at the "World's Fastest Half Mile."
Busch has nine starts at the mini-oval with six top-10s, four top-fives, two wins, and an average finishing position of 11.2.
For those who think little Busch will be points racing to make a charge back towards the top-12 I say fahget about it!
This guy loves to do one thing, and one thing only: win! Look for Shrub to visit Victory Lane Saturday night in Bristol!
James Broomhead: Kurt Busch
He's having his best season in years and he's going to Bristol.
Mary Jo Buchanan: Jeff Gordon
Although Jeff Gordon has circled Bristol as a potential challenge for his sore back, I think that Gordon will be back in Victory Lane this weekend. Gordon is my race pick to win at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.
Kelly Crandall: Kurt Busch
Busch is definitely having one of his better years in the Cup Series in recent memory and now he heads to a track that he has all but owned in the past. After a disappointing weekend in Michigan the No. 2 team will be looking to rebound in a big way and that's by getting their second win of the 2009 season in Thunder Valley.
Mason Dunn: Mark Martin
It will be the 1,000th start for the driver they call "The Kid" and I look for him to make it another exciting night under the lights at Bristol with a win.
Adam Heasley: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and take Dale Jr. His third place showing really impressed me and it’s something I didn’t expect. And since we aren’t racing for points until the Chase starts I thought what the heck. I have a one win lead on everyone anyways.
Danielle Henderson: No Pick Sent
No pick sent.
Kara Martin: Kyle Busch
Busch is now on the outside looking in and with just three races to go to make the Chase, he has something to prove! He may have gotten his groove back by winning the Truck race this week, which will only add fuel to his fire.
He has to have a good run at Bristol or it will be curtains for him this year. I don't think that his ego will let him give up on the Chase without a solid fight.
SM Napier: Kevin Harvick
He owns the place in the Nationwide Series, his luck will change and he'll get the No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil back into victory lane.
Kyle Ocker: No Pick Sent
No pick sent.
David Phillips: Jimmie Johnson
No comments sent.
Jen Preston: No Pick Sent
No pick sent.
Rob Tiongson: Clint Bowyer
It's a wild, long shot but safe, elite picks be damned. Bowyer's been racing competitively in the past five events and has been knocking on the door for some consistency.
This time, I look for him to be knocking on the door of victory lane on Saturday night to give his No. 33 team and the Richard Childress Racing organization a huge shot in the arm. If not, at least a boost for their Chase efforts.
After last weekend's event in Michigan, which saw Jimmie Johnson run out of fuel and Brian Vickers in victory lane, here are the updated points standings:
Ben Bomberger (3,388) Carl Edwards finished fourth (1)
Kelly Crandall (3,230) Greg Biffle finished 20th (2)
Mary Jo Buchanan (3,144) Greg Biffle finished 20th (0)
SM Napier (3,107) Greg Biffle finished 20th (2)
Adam Heasley (2,949) No pick sent (3)
David Phillips (2,585) Jimmie Johnson finished 33rd (2)
Kara Martin (1,792) Carl Edwards finished fourth (2)
James Broomhead (1,712) No pick sent (2)
Danielle Henderson (1,516) No pick sent (2)
Jen Preston (1,458) Carl Edwards finished fourth (1)
Rob Tiongson (1,446) Jimmie Johnson finished 33rd (1)
Mason Dunn (1,377) No pick sent (0)
Kyle Ocker (1,043) No pick sent (1)
It’s time for short track racing under the lights in Bristol, it’s time for “racin’ the way it ought’a be!”