Thursday, May 12, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Raceway •  Martinsville Speedway 
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 mile

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Clint Bowyer - 5
All with 4 - Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
All with 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth 

By Track
Both with 7 - Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson - 6
All with 5 - Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth 

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Denny Hamlin
2014 Brad Keselowski

Last Year's Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

The Likely Suspects: This weekend I will be at my home track, Dover International Speedway, covering the race weekend with Beth Reinke. Short-track racing is my personal favorite and the "Monster Mile" never disappoints. Here are the elite drivers who know their way around this "self-cleaning" one-mile track: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Don't overlook Kyle Larson this week. Although he only has four Dover races under his belt, he has a 7.3 average finish and a 9.8 average running position.

My 2 Cents:  My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. If the No. 20 team can pull it together this weekend, Kenseth could get his first win of the season. My next picks are Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Carl Edwards. I will complete my team with Chase Elliott and David Ragan.

My Final Four: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott.

Points to Ponder:
  • Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers in the Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 9.071.
  • Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart lead active drivers with runner-up finishes with three each.
  • Matt Kenseth leads active drivers in top-10 finishes with 22.  
  • Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the Sprint Cup Series with 18. 
  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover, led by Chevrolet with 38 victories, followed by Ford with 25 and Toyota with two.
Enjoy the race! Check back throughout race weekend for the Skirts and Scuffs race coverage. Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter @purplecatpr.


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