Daniel Suarez – Daniel Suarez has nothing to lose and on Sunday I would look for him to be extra aggressive. He’s been a good road course racer and over his combined four starts he has a 9.5 average finish and a 12.5 average running position. Between the two venues he’s been better at Watkins Glen. He finished 4th there in August, and last year he finished 3rd. At Sonoma he hasn’t performed quite as well but he’s been respectable. He finished 15th in June and last year he finished 16th. Heading into the weekend I’m going to project him as a low-double digits to mid-teens performer.
Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson is a capable road course racer who shouldn’t be overlooked at Charlotte. Sonoma, which correlates to the technical aspects of Charlotte ranks as one of his best tracks. This year at Sonoma he finished 11th, since 2009 he’s finished in the top 13 every race, has a 7.6 average finish and an 8.7 average running position. At Watkins Glen, he’s been in a slump having finished 28th or worse in 4 of the last 5 races. This year at that venue he finished 30th. On Sunday I’m going to project Johnson as a low to mid-teens driver who’s capable of finishing marginally better.