NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, Daytona

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1/29/10 in NASCAR   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

10.Brian Vickers: Making the Chase in 2009 was no fluke.  This team is for real, and will prove it in 2010.  Vickers won't win the title, but he will make the Chase and win more than once this season.

9.Ryan Newman: Hello, Newman!  This is where he finished in 2009, and this is where I'm starting him out in the rankings for 2010.  I see no reason to believe Stewart-Haas racing won't continue to improve, and Newman just might make a few visits to victory lane this year.

8.Carl Edwards: He went winless in 2009, which was a surprise in itself.  I see Carl rebounding in 2010.  He might be moving further up the ladder as the season progresses.

7.Kyle Busch: Here's the third and final driver who missed the Chase in 2009 that will make it back into the Top 12 in 2010.  I think missing the Chase last year taught him a lesson, take the 4th place finish instead of wrecking yourself out trying to win and you'll be in much better shape!

6.Jeff Gordon: Gordon will easily make the Chase, but will not win the title, and just miss a top 5 finish in the points, slightly worse than last year overall.  However, he'll win 3 races at the least in 2010, putting him above the cluster of Waltrip, Allison, and Yarborough, and leaving him all alone in 3rd place on the all-time wins list.

5.Mark Martin: Mark will win a couple more races, and will make the Chase once again, but I really believe 2009 was his last legitimate shot at winning a championship.  Oh how I'd love to be wrong, but I just don't think it's going to happen.

4.Juan Montoya: This man emerged as a true dark horse to start last year's Chase.  He will make it again, and this year he WILL win on an oval.  As I said in an article last week, it's not a question of if he will, but rather when.

3.Denny Hamlin: Denny will be a huge factor all year, making the Chase, winning quite a few races, but will come up just short of the title.  Don't think he'll go down without a fight though, and I mean that both literally and figuratively *cough-KESELOWSKI-cough*!

2.Jimmie Johnson: Yes, he's the reigning 4-time Champ.  Yes, he will make the Chase again.  Yes, he will be in victory lane at least 5 times.  No, he will not win 5 in a row.  The dominance will finally come to an end, but this begs the question, who's left?

1.Tony Stewart:  He had an incredible first year as an owner/driver.  He led for much of the season, and while he didn't win in the final 10 races, I see no reason to believe 2010 won't be even better than 2009.  Smoke is the man who will dethrone Jimmie Johnson.

The only sure thing with these rankings is that they will be changing faster than Bill Elliott's Talladega qualifying record.  It's time to start answering all the questions, and they'll start being answered on Valentine's Day with the 52nd running of the Daytona 500, now let's go racing!

BK over and out
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2/2/10   |   Alpha_Dawg   |   1258 respect

Go Mark Go!!!! Show the boys that the old man is still old enough to whoop up on them

2/1/10   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Some folks pay attention and some folks just pay.....

2/1/10   |   CRAZY_LADY   |   355 respect

AFTER all the polls and storys saying she was gping to be in nationwide !!

1/31/10   |   SprintPrincess9

Richard Petty motorsports is falling apart, so they had to do something to fix it. Dodge isn't giving them any financial backing and Ford is going to. Ask Kahne, Dodge's engines sucked. Even the new one really didn't help any. Just look at the results from Allmendinger and Sadler's races in Fords towards the end of the year, they did MUCH better than in Dodges and they aren't great drivers. Imagine what it will be like when Kahne gets in one of them. I think he'll take off and finish top 5 THEN go to another team in 2011

1/29/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

jswol54 wrote:
No way...it's Flyin' Ryan Newman's year!  Gordon will be luck to make the chase. 

JEFF WILL MAKE THE RACE FOR SURE

1/29/10   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

SportzStar wrote:
Lovin the Smoke prediction!!

What he said....

1/29/10   |   gdmjrcr   |   345 respect

-Thank- you I 'll use this on the fanasty race league I belong to

1/29/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

"At times they are there own worst enemy."

You mean like the night this happened?

1/29/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

jswol54 wrote:
No Danica Patrick? 

If Danica was doing the Cup Series I might have to put her on here just for the hell of it.

1/29/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

24fan wrote:
JEFF WILL WEIN THIS YEAR!!!!!!!

No way...it's Flyin' Ryan Newman's year!  Gordon will be luck to make the chase. 

1/29/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

JEFF WILL WEIN THIS YEAR!!!!!!!

1/29/10   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

I dont know much about NASCAR but I do know that they are the only sport that could pull off having their "superbowl" on Valentine's Day and get away with it.

1/29/10   |   jevinusmc   |   35 respect

jswol54 wrote:
No Danica Patrick? 

No Robby Gordon either.  WTF

1/29/10   |   SportzStar   |   102 respect

Lovin the Smoke prediction!!

1/29/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

No Danica Patrick?