Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Best bets for Hendrick to get 200th at TMS
ESPN asked its panel of NASCAR experts in its weekly Turn 4 feature who would be the driver to get elusive win No. 200 for owner Rick Hendrick, and where it would happen.
Two of the five panelists -- Ryan McGee of ESPN The Magazine and Marty Smith of ESPN Insider -- think it won't take too long. In fact, they think it'll happen next week at the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
McGee: I was standing in the 88 pits watching Hendrick as he watched the final 20 laps [at Martinsville]. It was heartbreaking because he had the wives of his late brother John and DuPont executive Joe Jackson with him, the first time they'd been back to Martinsville since the 2004 plane crash. But I've said for a while that I think Dale Jr. will win at Texas, and I'm sticking with that.
Smith:Kasey Kahne at Texas next weekend. Rarely do you see someone with expectations so astronomical start so poorly. I've said this until I'm blue in the face: He's fast everywhere. He has speed. That is critical. If Kahne were riding around in 30th every weekend, slow as molasses in January, my opinion would be different. His luck is just pathetic. It's wearing on him, and you can easily sense the frustration he's feeling. But Texas is among his best tracks. This is the weekend Kahne turns it around, and HMS can stop lugging those hats around all over creation.
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