Thursday, February 5, 2009

RaceDriven.com picks Jimmie Johnson to win the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship - The Four-Peat.

With no preseason testing at Daytona, which is not needed away, it’s restrictor plate racing, however preseason testing at another race track like Las Vegas is needed, I guess that’s where a preseason money race would be perfect (Read More…), I am really ready to get the 2009 season under way, first the Budweiser Shootout this Saturday night will have a different look, it’s all about the manufacturers, this one will have fans attention, then the Duals at Daytona qualifying races and then the 51th running of the Daytona 500 a week from Sunday, so in light of this, how about predictions for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season.

Well, first, who will win the 2009 Cup Series Championships? I have heard and read what most of the media has said and who they are picking to win the championship, the odds on favorite has to be Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch for most media members and while both are good picks, I mean Kyle Busch (from objective point of view) had 9 wins last season in the first 26 races, while Carl Edwards was strong throughout the entire season, however I am a numbers person, I use logic in everyday life, so as much as Carl Edwards is a real good choice and I understand why, I have go with a team that no one seems to be able to beat, yes, the three time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jimmie Johnson will win the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, making him the only driver to win Four-Straight Cup Series championships.

Why? Look at the numbers, three-straight Cup Series Championships, 40 victories including 7 last season, 10 in 2007, had only one DNF last season (four DNF’s on 2007), has kept basically the same team as last season, there is no better crew chief in the Cup Series right now (in 2007 and 2008) then Chad Knaus and I have not seen a better team in the last two season that can beat them period.

Final top 12 predictions: In no particular order, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman.

Most of the drivers on the list above are from last season’s chase and are the odds on favorites to make the chase again in 2009, however I have chosen all six Hendrick Motorsports drivers, which including both Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman over at Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart is given, I don’t see him missing this, Ryan Newman is in the same equipment and Tony Stewart and is the defending Daytona 500 champion. And of course, Mark Martin, he is ready to go this season, I am pulling for his, he will be a wild card to win the championship, going up again his new teammate Jimmie Johnson, he has been running a part-time schedule for the last couple of seasons.

On the other hand, I left off Matt Kenseth, Kenseth just doesn’t have any luck right now, second, I normally would put Bowyer in, however he has gone to a new team, granted he now has top 35 owner’s point (something I will get into before the Daytona 500), but he doesn’t have the same team as last year where he finished 5th in points, it will take time to adapt, like most drivers do.

Wild Card drivers to watch that most likely will not make the chase, but will contend hard for it, first, David Ragan, he has talent, I predict a victory in 2009 for David Ragan, second, Kasey Kahne. Kahne seems to be the odd man out of most lists, he will win in 2009 for the new Richard Petty Motorsports (formerly GEM), but I’m not sure what to think beyond that.

Will Jeff Gordon win in 2009? I have seen this question on some racing sites and heard it in the media, personally while I am not a Jeff Gordon fan, he is a champion and he will win in 2009.

Finally, Joey Logano will win the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, was there any surprise on the rookie of the year? Now, let’s go racing at Daytona with the unofficial kick off for the 2009 Cup Series Season, Budweiser Shootout, Saturday Night under the light.