Las Vegas Driver Playability Ratings
A+ = Really, really, really good pick
Jimmie Johnson – Even if you don’t know anything about NASCAR you know Jimmie Johnson is a good pick. Coming off his California win Jimmie is going to try to redeem himself from last years Vegas showing where he led a race high 92 laps before spinning late.
Mark Martin – With 9 top tens in 13 starts you can put your trust in the 5 Go Daddy car at Las Vegas.
A = Really good pick
Jeff Gordon – If anyone talks about him being an unfocused racer this weekend because of his 2008 wreck I would urge you tune out that person. When you take out his crash the worst he’s finished here in the last 5 years was 6th.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick’s been close to winning this race in the past and so far he’s been unquestionably the best team on the track in 2010.
Jeff Burton – RCR appears to have the complete package so far and Jeff Burton could very easily be the driver who gets Childress his first win of the year.
A- Still a really good pick
Kyle Busch – Last year he started on the pole, changed his engine & went to the back, and then he went on to victory lane. Not bad for a weekends work.
Clint Bowyer– Last year he finished 2nd in this race so look for him to have a strong showing again.
Kurt Busch – Home town advantage hasn’t worked for him but he is an elite intermediate track driver who’ll be strong.
Juan Pablo Montoya – His track history isn’t good here but if you’re still going off his old stats then man are you behind.
Matt Kenseth – Expect a strong showing from Matt at Las Vegas. Kenseth’s led 438 laps out of the 2,292 laps he’s completed at Vegas.
B+ = Just a tier below the really good picks
Tony Stewart – He just hasn’t been strong this year. I would temper your expectation on him this weekend.
Carl Edwards – Now that the birth of his daughter is out-of-the-way perhaps Carl will be more focused. He won this race in 2008.
Denny Hamlin – I would like to remind the people who picked Hamlin to be Jimmie Johnson’s biggest competition this year to go ahead and pick him (I haven’t seen them mention his name once?), or did his California performance scare them off more?
Greg Biffle – With 4 top tens in 6 races it sounds like its hard to go wrong on Biffle this weekend.
Kasey Kahne – He’s had two rough races so far in 2010, so just think about it this way, his bad lucks out of the way.
B = You can pencil them in for about 15th
Ryan Newman – He actually looked racy at California before his engine blew. His 18.9 average finish isn’t very reassuring though.
Brian Vickers – In his career he has an eighth place finish and four other finishes below 22nd.
David Reutimann – He finished 4th last year, but in 2010 I think he’ll finish outside the top ten.
Joey Logano – Logano showed promise here last year and finished 13th. He was also pretty good last week.
Martin Truex Jr. – How good was Treux at California? We’ll he blew up after climbing to the lower teens so I don’t think he’ll be to bad of a pick at Vegas.
Jamie McMurray – Is he back or is he not? I’ll be watching him with great interest Sunday.
B- = Got some question marks here
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – He just seems to risky to me. California seemed like a 2009 re-run.
David Ragan – Expect him to be at the tail end of Roush Fenway stable at Vegas.
C+ = I’m not picking them
Marcos Ambrose– I honestly can’t say I seem him on the track once this year. Is he still in NASCAR? The stats show he’s been in two races, but if you have below 100 points after two races I’ll pass.
AJ Allmendinger – He ended 2009 strong but after his 25th place California showing don’t sign me up.
Sam Hornish Jr– When you pick Sam Hornish Jr. you’re rolling the dice. It could be good but it might not.
C = Got some concerns here
Brad Keselowski – I really don’t think there is enough info to even really know what you have if you pick Keselowski.
Elliott Sadler – Out of all the driver mentioned above Elliott Sadler beyond a shadow of doubt will be the most likely in my mind to finish outside the top 25.