Top 5 Picks To Win At Darlington
While Darlington might be known as the track too tough to tame, some drivers have fared better at the egg shaped track then others. With that being said, here are five drivers who have the best chance of coming away with a victory in Sunday's Southern 500.
5. Kyle Busch
You can't really talk about contenders this season with giving a brief mention to Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Kyle Busch. Not only has he won’t four races since his return from a leg injury at Daytona, but has managed to put himself in The Top 30 in points as well. Looking at his history at Darlington, Busch has two Top 10's in the last two races at the track.
While that might not seem like a reason to make him a solid pick to win it all on Sunday, his 295 laps lead in the last two races certainly are.
4. Jeff Gordon
The Jeff Gordon retirement tour continues this Sunday at Darlington, where Gordon will search for his 8th win at Darlington Raceway in his 22-year career in The Sprint Cup Series. Gordon might not have won at the track lately, but he still has 23 Top 10 finishes that prove he knows his way around the egg shaped oval. If that isn't enough to give Gordon fans a little hope heading into Sunday Nights race, Gordon has an average finish of fifth or better at Darlington.
3. Ryan Newman
Not a likely pick, I know, but he definitely has the same level of experience at the track that Jeff Gordon does. In fact, the former Stewart Haas driver has 11 Top 10's in 16 races and has led 324 laps in that time span. If that isn't enough to woo you in Newman’s favor, consider that Newman wasn't expected to make it to the final four in last year's Chase, but he still did!
2. Tony Stewart
I believe in miracles and that's why I choose Tony Stewart as a solid pick for this week's race. While Stewart has been dealing with some issues off the track, that won't be enough to stop him from winning his first race of the season and making the Chase for the first time since 2012. He already has 12 Top 10's in 22 races at the track and has an average finish of 11th or better at the track.
1. Denny Hamlin
Finally, there's Denny Hamlin. Not only has he had seven Top 10's in the last nine races at the track, he also has never finished outside The Top 20 at the track as well. These stats along with JGR's current dominance in the Sprint Cup Series should be enough to convince any fan that Denny has a huge chance of coming away with the big win on Sunday.