|NASCAR: 2009 Sharpie 500 Picks and Predictions|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Wednesday, 19 August 2009 07:58|
Sharpie 500 Picks
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night for the Sharpie 500, which is always one of the most exciting races of the year.
Anytime NASCAR competes under the lights, it always makes for an exciting race. But throw in the high banking, beating and banging, and hot tempers and you have a race filled with excitement.
Bristol was always a track where the favorites fared well. Of course, that was until the new surface was unveiled for the fall race in 2007. The main difference with the new surface is that an outside groove has made it possible for drivers to legitimately pass on the outside. In previous races if a driver was slower and wouldn’t get out of the way, the faster a driver would have to push him out because you could only pass down on the bottom.
Just like last week, keep a eye on those drivers at the bottom of the points chase since they all need good finishes and might be afraid to be a little aggressive to guarantee a good finish. Those drivers outside of the top 12 might take a few extra chances to pick up valuable extra points.
Kurt Busch 12/1
Kyle Busch 7/1
Posted: 8/19/09 1:00PM ET