Food City 500 Preview
by Yomonte of Predictem.com
Coverage for the Food City 500 begins at 1:30 EST on FOX
Consistency is a key in any sport. Ford and Roush Racing have dominated Bristol for a decade. In the last 19 races here over a 9 1/2 year span, Ford has won 12 and Roush taking 8 of those 12.
Chevrolet has 4 wins, with only 2 being Hendricks. Kyle Busch won last year in the spring and we have to go all the way back to 2002 for the other Hendricks car that won.
Olympic Sportsbook has Greg Biffle +115 against Clint Bowyer -140. Greg is second in the points and IMO a quiet second. Clint who drives the #07 for Richard Childress, is 16th in the points and has an average at this track of 19.5 with only 4 races under his belt. Greg has 10 races with an average finish of 10.3. Consistancy by Biffle over the long run versus a short run by Clint speaks volumes.
Of the larger teams like Hendricks, Roush, Gibbs and Childress, all the drivers can’t get the top equipment, management or attention they need to stay competitive. This is true with all teams.
Last year, JJ Yeley took a back seat to Stewart and Hamlin. Hendicks focused more on Gordon and Johnson and left Kyle Bush and Casey Mears to fend for themselves. Kyle made the best of his situation with getting sloppy thirds from Hendricks and still making it to the chase.
Making room for Junior, Hendricks decided to oust Kyle and keep Casey Mears who at best is a never has been.
Two years ago, Jeremy Mayfield publicly announced that Evernham did not give him what he needed to stay competitive, focusing more on Kasey Kayne. This is and has been a big problem with the larger teams and will continue.
Clint Bowyer is last on the list with Childress as Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick are getting all the meat leaving Clint the bone. Same situation for Greg Biffle but like Kyle Busch last year making the best of what was given him, behind Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, is and has been making the best of his situation as part of that Roush team.
Yomonte’s Pick: I took Greg Biffle +115 over Clint Bowyer
-140 at Olympic. I see Roush or Childress winning this race.