Kurt Busch – Kurt Busch won the All-Star race in 2010 and the following week he visited victory lane in the Coca Cola 600. Historically Kurt Busch has been an good option on 1.5 mile tracks. The two most telling intermediate track performances from him this year were his Texas performance (similar track, finished 13th) and Auto Club performance (finished 9th, benefited from not pitting). What I don’t like about him in this race is his situation. Phoenix Racing doesn’t have very many cars and if I were Kurt Busch I wouldn’t take any risks in this race. Also another big disadvantage for Busch is his slow pit crew.
Trevor Bayne -Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 last year but this will be his first All-Star race. Last year he missed this race because he was sidelined with Lyme Disease. This season on intermediate tracks we’ve seen Trevor Bayne in action twice. He raced at Las Vegas (finished 9th) and Texas (finished 28th). I wouldn’t be to high on his ninth place finish though, at Vegas his average running position was 19th. Last fall Bayne ran his only race at Charlotte and came home with a 19th place finish. In an All-Star race it’s hard to like a part time driver. I think fully funded teams will run radical experimental setups that are good on short runs and I think the Wood Brothers will bring status quo equipment.
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