Ryan Newman – Ryan Newman hasn’t had a good performance on an intermediate track since March. Last year at Kentucky Newman finished 4th but by no means was he that good. Around lap 100 Kyle Busch lapped him during a long green flag run. His average running position was 18th and he only ran 29.6% of the laps in the top fifteen. If that doesn’t convince you then check out his Yahoo! race chart. Ryan Newman got his track position when a caution came out during a round of green flag pit stops. This season on 1.5 mile tracks Newman has a 14.8 average finish and he’s ran in the top 15 in 50% percent of the laps run. I think a likely predicted finish for him would be between 11th and 20th. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Marcos Ambrose – Ambrose has sleeper potential at 1.5 mile tracks but he hasn’t had good finishes in 2012. His two best (1.5 mile track) races this year have been stained by problems (Texas – Ran out of gas & Charlotte – mechanical problems). On 1.5 mile tracks this season his best finish is 13th and his average finish is 20.3. Last season in the Chase at 1.5′s excluding Homestead he had a 11th place average finish. Last year in the inaugural race at Kentucky Ambrose started in 11th and finished in 20th. He had a low teens car for the first half of the race. In the second half of the race he lost track position and was mired back in the twenties. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Kurt Busch – Last year at Kentucky Kurt Busch finished 9th and led 41 laps. In the opening laps of last years race he dive bombed the competition and took the lead. Although he’s no longer in a Penske car I still think he’s good for a 15th to 20th place finish. I think his attitude is under control now and he’ll be focused knowing that he’s got to have a respectable finish and not wreck any more cars. At two out of the last three 1.5 mile tracks he’s finished in the teens (Texas – 13th, Kansas – 17th). (Yahoo! B Driver)