The off week in Nextel Cup gives me a chance to try my hand at handicapping the Busch race this week. Forty-six cars are entered for the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 on the famed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. Named after the famous Mexican driving brothers, this course will pack them in to see some of NASCAR’s finest.
Nine Nextel Cup regulars will make the trip, along with some of the usual road course ringers. The Mexican fans will have at least seven hometown heroes to cheer for, including last year’s pole winner, Jorge Goeters. Since only one team tested here, NASCAR has imposed strict rules on gear selection, which will even the playing field, but perhaps make it tough to pass on this flat low-grip road course.
Boris Said gets a great shot heredriving Evernham equipment, with Ron Fellows also a threat to win driving for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
This won’t be the most exciting race you will see all year, but it will feature the pomp and circumstance of a truly international event.
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By the Numbers-Statistical Look at This Week’s Race
Looking at the two best "Road Course Ringers" career stats for all NASCAR races run
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Handicapping the Race
There are a lot of quality drivers in this race we are not used to seeing in NASCAR racing. Jorge Goeters sat on the pole last year and loves this track. Then there’s CART/IRL veteran Adrian Fernandez, who would like nothing more than to win a race in his home country! Carlos Pardo, Rogello Lopez, and Jimmy Morales are also all familiar with this course. But this track is tough to pass on, so the guy that can keep his car on the pavement all day has the edge. Ron Fellows is one of the best road course drivers in the world, and has a good car under him this week. Boris Said can sometimes get himself in trouble, but often has the talent to overcome a mistake. This could be the most entertaining road course race of the season!
Win: Ron Fellows
Give this guy a strong car on a road course, and he is hard to beat!
Place: Jorge Goeters
Sat on the pole and led 24 laps last year here before his motor quit.
Show: Adrian Fernandez
Raced strong from the back to the front last year.
Top Rookie: Mark McFarland
This rookie knows how to race.
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