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Sharp AQUOS 500 Preview

Posted by Matt on September 2, 2007

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Official discussion thread for predictions: Sharp AQUOS 500 Preview (TNBSB) or feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments thread here! 

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The ‘Boys of Summer’ hit California Speedway, one of my favorite tracks, for the second night-race in as many weeks, the Sharp AQUOS 500.  Tensions will be as high as the track temperatures in steamy Fontana, California with on two races left for drivers to make their move and ultimately make “The Chase for the Cup.”

NASCAR’s hottest driver, and “Chase” bubble resident, Kurt Busch rides from the Pole position tonight meaning Dale Earnhardt, Junior and Ryan Newman will need nearly a miracle at this point, but stranger things have happened.

In the end, I am predicting a “Battle of the Busch Brothers” today with Kurt on the Pole and Kyle starting in the 5th position.  The rest of the starting grid can be found here: Sharp AQUOS 500 Starting Grid (ESPN.com).

Predictions:

Winner:

Kyle Busch – #5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports

  1. Finished 2nd to Jeff Burton in last night’s Busch Series race at California Speedway where they are today
  2. Finished 9th last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway
  3. Won this race in 2005
  4. Starts within the Top 5 today in the 5th position

Others To Watch For:

Kurt Busch – #2 Miller Lite Dodge – Penske Racing

  1. One of the hottest drivers right now in NASCAR after a win two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway as well as finishing 6th last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway
  2. Starts from the Pole today and needs a strong performance to lock himself in to “The Chase for the Cup” for good

Kasey Kahne – #9 Dodge Dealers Dodge – Ray Evernham Racing:

  1. Finished 2nd to Carl Edwards last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting from the Pole
  2. Won last weekend’s Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway
  3. Finished 6th in last night’s Busch Series race at California Speedway where they are today
  4. Starts up front in the 3rd position and may have a better chance than last week considering he doesn’t start the race from the Pole with a target on his back
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