Why am I picking Jimmie Johnson?
1. It’s Jimmie Johnson
2. In the COT era Jimmie Johnson has absolutely dominated. The worst in the COT Jimmie Johnson has finished at Phoenix is 4th.
3. In the COT Jimmie Johnson has an average start of 5.8 and an average finish of 2.2.
4. Last year Jimmie Johnson was in a similar points position (nearly half a race ahead) and he went out to dominate Phoenix making it nearly impossible for Carl Edwards to catch him. Johnson last year won from the pole and had an average running position of 1.47. His driver rating for this race last year was 149.9.
5. Johnson has been strong on similar tracks this season.
Other Driver Recommendations
Mark Martin– Mark Martin won at Phoenix in the spring and recently had a victory at New Hampshire (similar track). Martin also nearly won at Phoenix last spring but lost on fuel mileage.
Denny Hamlin– Hamlin has a 6.6 COT average finish at Phoenix and he’s always strong on flat tracks. In the 5 COT races at Phoenix Hamlin has finished inside the top ten on four occasions.
Kurt Busch– Ever since the 2 team had the R6 engine under their hood they haven’t finished worse than third at Phoenix. Kurt has also been very strong at similar tracks this season.
Juan Pablo Montoya– Montoya has been strong recently at similar tracks. If Montoya would’ve roughed up Martin then he could of easily won at New Hampshire (Similar track).
Kyle Busch– Kyle has one career victory at Phoenix and he was very strong this spring in the desert.
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