The Frontstretch: Taming the Monster-Fantasy Insight by Dennis Michelsen -- Saturday June 4, 2005

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Taming the Monster-Fantasy Insight

Dennis Michelsen · Saturday June 4, 2005


Taming the Monster-Fantasy Insight
Dover International Speedway
Racing at Dover is not just about being fast it is all about survival. For years these Cup races were 500 miles, thankfully they were reduced by 100 miles in 1998. But even at the shorter distance this is one tough racetrack! The concrete surface eats tires and zipping off laps in about 23 seconds a wreck behind you becomes a mess in front of you in a hurry! Last year Kasey Kahne looked to be on cruise control headed for his first Cup win when the monster took a bite out of his Dodge. As evidenced last year when Mark Martin survived for the win it is often better to be lucky than good…or perhaps a lot of both!

Week Three of Segment Two is History!

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MBNA 400 by the Numbers
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Dover Horses for Courses Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth

Consistency Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Elliot Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne

Power Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeremy Mayfield, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson

Handicapping the Race

Top Pick (24th Last Week; 2 for 12 for Season, Expect Top 5)
Matt Kenseth- The slump ends this week

Strong Picks (5th, 21st, 28th Last Week; 17 for 36 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Ryan Newman- Top Power Rating and victorious here last September

Mark Martin- Mr. Consistency can get it done here

Tony Stewart- Should have another strong run

Hunch Bet (6th Last Week; 6 for 12 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Rusty Wallace- They used call Rusty “Mr. Concrete”

Longshot (36th Last Week; 4 for 12 for Season, Expect Top 15)
Jeff Burton- A tremendous overlay at 60-1 odds

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