Dover is a great place to attend a race. The track is just one-mile around and you can pretty much see everything that happens no matter where you sit. And, as is the case with smaller tracks, a driver’s patience can sometimes wane when there isn’t enough room to make a pass, or a driver trying to keep from going a lap down makes it particularly difficult for the leader to make a pass.
Bonus: Dover has done a ton of stuff to make this a fan-friendly event. That includes a $10 ticket for any child 14-and-under accompanied by an adult, and one adult can buy several $10 tickets if they are leading a group. There’s also a kids zone and plenty interactive of exhibits that fans can experience before the race. So, a thumbs up to the good people at Dover for trying to make a day at the race fun and complete experience.
Dover begins the second part of a three-part season 36-race season. After spending most of May in Charlotte, this is when the real season starts and the best teams rise to the top.
Top 5 Picks
Jimmie Johnson – It’s hard not to pick this guy every week. Plus, he’s got six wins and 14 top 10s in 20 starts at Dover, so it’s really a no-brainer to choose the No. 48.
Greg Biffle – He is the season points leader and he’s got two wins at the Monster Mile. Even if he can’t beat Johnson’s No 48, expect him to run well.
Matt Kenseth – He’s also got two wins at Dover, but just as impressively, he has 12 top-5 finishes and 17 top-10 finishes in 26 starts.
Kyle Busch – He also has two wins on the concrete mile with seven top-5 finishes and nine top 10s in 14 races.
Martin Truex, Jr. – Have to pick a Junior somewhere, so it might as well be at this Junior’s home track. Truex, Jr. is from South Jersey and his only career win came at Dover in 2007. It could be a sweet homecoming.
Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – Tony Stewart. He has two wins at Dover, but the last time he won there was 2000 when he won both the spring and fall races. He also has finished 21st or worse in three of his last four races at Dover. During his remarkable and victorious run in the Chase for the Championship last year, Stewart finished 29th, six laps down, the only blemish in the final 10 races.
Here’s a look at how last week’s picks fared in the 600-mile race at Charlotte.
Jimmie Johnson: 11th. No truth to the rumor his gas man was overhead yelling, “I said whoa, not go!”
Jeff Gordon: 7th. Not bad for No. 24 as he avoided bad luck for once.
Kasey Kahne: 1st. This win had been in the works for a while. He’s on a roll now.
Matt Kenseth: 10th. Never a threat to win it, but hung in there for an OK points day.
Mark Martin: 34th. Engine woes ended what could have been a pretty respectable day.
20 top 5s
26 top 10s
Grade for the week: B. OK, that’s five winners in a row counting the All-Star race. Otherwise an OK week that would have been better if Johnson hadn’t tried to drag the gas man and attached gas can out of pits resulting in a penalty that put him a lap down.
One Last Thing: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the only driver to complete all 3,888 laps this season. However, when it comes to laps led, he is 15th in those standings with 68 led this season. Jimmie Johnson has led the most laps this season with 501.
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