Jeff Meyer · Wednesday April 13, 2005
At the beginning of the season, the Supreme Beings that run Frontstretch.com asked us minions for our predictions for the end of the 2005 season. They only wanted 10 positions, but being the over achiever that I am, I gave them 15. The following is my list, as I submitted it to them. It reflects how I feel the ’05 season will end up, along with a few comments about each driver. The number in parenthesis behind the driver’s name reflects the position they are currently in. Laugh all you want, but so far, at least 10 of my 15 picks are still in the top 15. There is plenty of season left, so we will check back often. Email me if you want me to pick your lottery numbers for you. (For a small percentage of any winnings, of course.)
#1. Dale Jarrett (10th)
What can I say? DJ is my favorite driver. He wants to win another Cup as badly as I want him to!
#2.Jeff Gordon (6th)
Like him or not, Jeff will get Cup #5 sooner or later. Their motto will be “Cup #5 in 2005!” Due to DJ’s late charge however, they will have to “try new tricks in 2006”!
#3.Ryan Newman (8th)
The ‘Rocket’ should have a good year, but will end up a disappointing 3rd after some untimely crashes late in the season.
#4.Elliott Sadler (3rd)
Yates has something to prove. He will have both his cars in the top five this year. No matter what the cost.
#5.Kurt Busch (9th)
I’m not a Busch fan, but if he continues as last year, he will do ok. However, he has too many enemies to repeat. Besides, NASCAR would never allow a repeat Champ in this day and age, with one possible exception…
#6.Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16th)
As popular a Jr. is, I think he is gonna find winning a Cup as hard as Sr. did winning the Daytona 500. Once he does win one, he will when again the next year, and then never again. (Unlike Dad however, he will have several Daytona 500 rings)
#7.Bobby Labonte (37th)
’05 will be the year of the veteran. These older guys are sick to death of everyone saying they are washed up. It has lit a fire in their souls and put lead in their foot! Remember, ‘Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill anyday!’
#8.Mark Martin (4th)
This will be Mark’s last chance. See above.
#9.Rusty Wallace (7th)
Ok, call me crazy, but hey, he’s still got lots of racing left in him and like Mark, is running out of time.
#10.Michael Waltrip (30th)
Mikey wants to show DEI a thing or two before they send him packing. I would love to see him actually in the 6th spot!
#11.Jimmie Johnson (1st)
(Oops! Crash, Crash, Crash! Not a good year for JJ)
#12.Jamie McMurray (15th)
(Big disappointment this year. He will talk a lot and blame others for his problems)
#13.Jeremy Mayfield (17th)
(Could swap spots with Mark Martin. Hey, I’m no psyhic!
#14.Matt Kenseth (21st)
(New qualifying format not gonna help him one bit!)
#15.Carl Edwards (11th)
(Could be a surprise top 5 finisher too. Ask me halfway through the year)
So there ya have it! I am confident that by the time the checkers drop at Homestead, this list, like the planets, will align perfectly!
Stay off the wall,
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