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Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday April 6, 2005
When you think of what track Dale Earnhardt Jr is most likely to win at you think of Talladega first. But when it comes to consistency NASCAR’s littlest track is a good bet for a strong finish from Junior also. Just like at Talladega where the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, it is also no wonder that Junior is great here at the little “paper clip” shaped track known as Martinsville…cause Daddy was great here too. Maybe it is that hard-nosed Earnhardt driving style but this week when you pick your guys take a close look at Dale Junior. Old Man Earnhardt scored top five finishes an incredible 41% of the time at Martinsville, with six wins! So far in his young career Junior has been even better with 50% of his finishes top fives, although Junior has yet to find his way to Victory Lane. Maybe this will be the year Junior earns his first grandfather clock for winning at one of NASCAR’s most historic race tracks.
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Martinsville Horses for Courses Ratings Top Five
Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Rusty Wallace
Consistency Ratings Top Five
Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler
Power Ratings Top Five
Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr
Handicapping the Race
Top Pick (9th Last Week; 1 for 5 for Season, Expect Top 5)
Dale Earnhardt Jr- Last week showed that this team is rounding into form.
Strong Picks (24th, 30th, and 35th Last Week; 7 for 15 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Jeff Gordon- Five wins and 18 top tens in 24 career starts here make Gordon an obvious choice.
Rusty Wallace- Leads all active drivers with seven career wins.
Tony Stewart- “Smoke” is showing great consistency and has a strong “Horses for Courses” rating at Martinsville too.
Hunch Bet (31st Last Week; 2 for 5 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Ryan Newman- Best average start here and over two thirds of the winners have come from the top seven starting slots.
Longshot (11th Last Week; 1 for 5 for Season, Expect Top 15)
Jeff Burton- Won here in 1997 and is a bargain at 40-1 odds.
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