The Pit Stop

January 17, 2009 10:48 PM

Second Look At Sprint Cup Drivers....

Note: Driver changes and sponsorship changes can change big time and up next will be the final set of Sprint Cup drivers I feel are going to race a full season.

12--David Stremme--Penske Racing

David Stremme moves into this car as Ryan Newman moves to a new team. David had only one Sprint Cup start in 2008 where he finished 28th.  He did have 32 starts in the Nationwide series where he did pick up 16 top ten finishes.  Alltel will be back as a sponsor.  I do no see him with a win in 2009, but he will pick 5-7 top ten finishes.  He will finish 18-21st place in the points.

14--Tony Stewart--Sewart Haas Racing

The #70 team is moving over to become the #14 team with a new driver for 2009. Tony picked up one win and 16 top tens while being a Joe Gibbs driver in 2008. Office Depot and Old Spice are sponsors for this year.  For the 2009 season he will pick up no more than 10 top tens onto a 15-25th place finish in the points.

16--Greg Biffle--Roush Fenway Racing

Greg picked up 2 wins late in the season along with 17 top ten finishes for a third place spot in the points.  3M and Dish Network are going to sponsor this car.  I say that he gets around 15-18 top tens in 2008 and a couple more wins.  He will finish 4-7th place in the points in 2009.

17--Matt Kenseth--Roush Fenway Racing

Matt had 20 top tens, but no wins in 2008.  DeWalt Tools, Carhartt, and other companies will sponsor this car.  I say Matt gets 17-19 top ten place finishes with one win and gets 7-10th place in the points.

18--Kyle Busch--Joe Gibbs Racing

Kyle picked up eight wins before the chase and then blew his chance at the championship and finished tenth place in the points.  M&M's along with Interstate Batteries will help sponsor this car.  I say gets at least 5 wins in 2008 and at least 20 top tens.  He will finish 7-10th place in the points.

19--Elliott Sadler--Gillett Evernham Motorsports

Had 8 top tens and finished 24th place in the points.  Look for Best Buy, Stanley Tools, McDonalds, and other companies to sponsor this car in 2009.  I say that he gets at least ten top tens in 2009 with no wins, but gets a 19-22nd place in the standings at the end of the year.

20--Joey Logano--Joe Gibbs Racing

He takes over full time in the car for Tony Stewart.  Joey is going to keep the Home Depot Sponsorship that Tony had.  Joey did most of his racing in the Nationwide Series last year with 19 starts that included one win and 14 top ten finishes.    I think he gets 10-15 top tens, but no wins in 2009. Will have a couple of top five finishes though. He will finish 15-20th place in the points.

24--Jeff Gordon--Hendrick Motorsports

In 2008 Jeff went winless for the first time in over a decade, but did get 19 top ten finishes.  DuPont Finishes, Pepsi, and the National Guard are going to be sponsors for this car.  Jeff will pick only a couple wins in 2009, but have over 20 top tens.  He will finish in the top five in points, but no championship for him.

26--Jamie McMurray--Roush Fenway Racing

Picked up 11 top tens, but no wins in a full season of racing last year.  Crown Royal is going to be back as a sponsor.  I say he picks up around 10 top tens in 2009 and finishes 15-18th in the points and gets cut at the end of the season at Roush Fenway.

29--Kevin Harvick--Richard Childress Racing

Finished fourth place in the points, but had no wins in 2008.  He did pick up 19 top ten place finishes though. Shell/Pennzoil along with Reese's should be back as sponsors for this car.  I say that he picks off a win or two in 2009.  He will also get 18-20 top tens as well. A 4-6th place in the standings for him.

31--Jeff Burton--Richard Childress Racing

Was able to pick off two wins and 18th top tens in 2008.  Jeff picks up Caterpillar as a sponsor in 2009. I say he gets no more than three wins in 2009 and 16-19 top tens.  A 6-8th place finish in the standings for him.

33--Clint Bowyer--Richard Childress Racing

Moves over to the #33 in 2009.  He was in the #07 car in 2008.  Clint finished the 2008 season in fifth place with one win and 17 top ten finishes.  BB&T along with General Mills will help sponsor this car.  I say that he gets no more than one win in 2009 and no more than 15 top tens.  He will not make then chase and finish 13-15th place in the points.

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