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My prediction: Jimmie Johnson will win in Charlotte

By admin | May 27, 2010


By Richard Allen

For those wondering who might win the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, I have two questions. First, did you see the Sprint All Star Race last week? And, have you watched any race at CMS over the past 6-8 years?

I know Jimmie Johnson did not win the All Star Race but he was clearly dominate. He led a majority of the laps and looked to be cruising until the final segment when he was beaten out of the pits by two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates.

Granted, I know there is the possibility that the same type thing could happen again this week given NASCAR’s obsession with the green/white/checkered rule but after 600 miles Johnson may well have the competition a bit more worn down.

As good as Johnson has been on many tracks throughout his career, none has been better for the driver of the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He has six wins(tied with Martinsville for the most on any track) and he has won more money at Charlotte than any other facility.

With his proven track record in Charlotte it would almost seem foolish to pick anyone other than Johnson going into this race. He may not win on Sunday but he has to be the heavy favorite going in.

Johnson will be joined in the top-5 by Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.

Look at Martin Truex and Joey Logano as dark horse picks.

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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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