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Jim Stewart 400 Preview

Posted by Matt on May 5, 2007

If you do not know who Jim Stewart is, you are not alone. It seems as if Jim won the Crown Royal contest from yester-year to get his name on this race. If only Cincinnati Reds’ pitching coach Dick Pole would have won…

Apparently Jeff Gordon is getting used to the pole position as it is his third in as many races and there does not look like there is much slowing down the DuPont Chevrolet. I think it really helped Jeff’s season to get the proverbial monkey off of his back by first tying, and then passing, Dale Earnhardt, Senior in all-time wins; now the “Rainbow Warriors” can focus completely on racing again and not about the buzz over the recent milestone.

Tonight’s race at Richmond International Speedway is under the lights and will feature the “Car of Tomorrow” for the fourth race this season. Hendrick Motor Sports has won all three “Car of Tomorrow” races leading up to tonight and with Gordon on the Pole and Jimmie Johnson starting fourth, the Hendrick garage looks to be poised to make a run at making 4-0 in the “Car of Tomorrow” races. However, standing in the way of the power-team that is Hendrick Motor Sports will be my driver Dale Earnhardt, Junior, who has won two of the last three here at Richmond International Speedway and is starting 7th after a solid run at the Talladega race last weekend. Yesterday’s Busch Series race did not give away much in the way of an indication in how tonight’s race will go, however, the driver who lead the most laps, Jeff Burton, did not go on to win the race. Last night’s race was won by Clint Bowyer who starts in 20th position tonight and slightly off of the pace.

In the end, it has been a whole year since Junior has won a race, his last win coming here at Richmond International Speedway last year, and with the Budweiser Chevrolet looking to continue to build on its on going improvement, I look for D.E.I. to find Victory Lane this evening; maybe it is wishful thinking in wanting to see my personal favorite notch the win, or maybe it is wishful thinking in NOT wanting to see Hendrick Motor Sports to record another victory. I was two-for-two last week, so let’s keep this momentum going.

Predictions:

Winner: Dale Earnhardt, Junior, #8 Budweiser Chevrolet – Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated

Most Laps Lead: Jeff Gordon, #24 DuPont Chevrolet – Hendrick Motor Sports

Throws Helmet At Another Driver After A Wreck: Tony “Smoke” Stewart, #22 The Home Depot Chevrolet – Joe Gibbs Racing

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