2009 Dickies 500 At Texas Motor Speedway:
The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is nearing its end. Just three races remain in the 2009 Chase for the Cup and Jimmie Johnson holds a commanding lead. Texas Motor Speedway takes center stage this Sunday for the 2009 Dickies 500. If recent events are any indication then Johnson is in no danger of losing his lead. Is the 2009 Chase for the Cup over?
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Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile quad-oval. With 24 degrees of banking in the corners the Sprint Cup drivers can really haul the mail off into the corners. In order to be fast a driver needs a car that is handling well so they can carry that speed through the turns.
334 Laps = 501 Miles
The Big Picture:
Last week in Talladega Jimmie Johnson miraculously finished up front once again while his Chase competitors had troubles. Jimmmie now has a seemingly insurmountable lead with just three races remaining.
The top twelve are now:
- Jimmie Johnson
- Mark Martin -184
- Jeff Gordon -192
- Juan Montoya -239
- Tony Stewart -279
- Kurt Busch -312
- Greg Biffle -340
- Ryan Newman -402
- Kasey Kahne -414
- Carl Edwards -437
- Denny Hamlin -448
- Brian Vickers -551
Is the 2009 Chase for the Cup over? Jimmie Johnson comes into Texas with a 184 point lead over Mark Martin. Since the most one driver can gain in one race is 161 points (195 points for winning the race and leading the most laps while 43 place gets at least 34 points). This means that Jimmie could qualify for one race and park it and still maintain the point lead.
Looking at the next two races we see that Johnson's average finish at Texas over the last 4 races is 5th with one win, two seconds and a lonely 15th. His Phoenix record is even better. Jimmie hasn't finished worse than seventh there since 2005.
TV: ABC Sunday, November 8th, 2:30PM Eastern.
Radio: PRN and SIRIUS Satellite
Actual Race: 3:15 p.m. Eastern
2008 Winner: Carl Edwards
2008 Polesitter: Jeff Gordon
Carl Edwards had the fastest car for most of the 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway but had to rely on pit strategy to get the victory. Edwards was coasting around at half throttle at the end but he had enough of a lead to hold on for the win.
With the win Edwards cut heavily into Johnson's point lead as Jimmie ended up 15th. But it wasn't enough to matter as Jimmie went on to claim the Chase.
In the spring of this year Jeff Gordon picked up the first Texas victory of his career beating his teammate Jimmie Johnson back to the checkers.
Jeff Gordon needs to gain all the points he can and the best way for his to do that is to win the race and lead a lot of laps. His team will have the gloves off and will be digging for the season sweep in Texas. Jeff Gordon makes a great pick this weekend.
For my backup pick I am going to go out on a limb this week. Greg Biffle won a Cup race in Texas back in 2005. He was also the fastest Ford when the Sprint Cup series was here in the spring. This weekend could see Greg Biffle pick up his first win of 2009.