Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:14 am

Mikeyfan's Pre-Season Predictions (Dodge)

Kasey Kahne is probably Dodge's best chance to make the chase. He is a young aggressive driver that can win races.  However, the question is can Dodge give him a car to compete with?  The rest of the Petty Lineup consist of drivers trying to prove they belong in Reed Sorenson and A.J. Allmendinger or trying to impress another owner and catch on somewhere else for 2010, Elliott Saddler.

Outlook For Richard Petty Motorsports

Kasey Kahne is Dodges best bet to get a car into the chase.  To me the bigger question for Petty Motorsports is will what happened between Elliott Saddler and Petty cause a riff in this team and destroy the 2009 season?

Penske Championship Racing

Kurt Bush is the top driver at Penske but has been a disappointment the past few seasons.  For being a Past Champion Kurt is looking more like his championship was a fluke and a product of the "Chase" instead of a champion that is capable of winning anytime out.  Kurt is Penske's best chance to make the chase but I don't see that happening, in fact I see Kurt ending the season somewhere between 18th and 22nd in points, unless Penske steps up their game a whole lot.  Roger also has David Stremme in the 12 car and should be happy if David can end in the top 25.  And is this the make or break year for Sam Hornish?  It should be. Sam was not in the top 35 his first year and finished outside the top 35 last year.  I don't see him making much progress this year.  So the question remains if Sam is struggling to stay in the top 35 by Daytona in July will Roger replace him with a young driver from the Nationwide or Truck series?

Outlook for Penske Championship Racing

The outlook for Penske is bleak to say the least.  I really do not see anyone on this team with a shot at the chase. Kurt has not been impressive the past couple of years, although I will say with Ryan Newman being gone that may help Kurt and his team as they should get the majority of Penske's attention


Well there you have it.  Mikeyfan's predictions.  I am showing 8 locks for the chase and the last 4 positions should be a shootout amoung as many as a dozen drivers.  This season should be fun.

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