Dover International Speedway, the one-mile concrete track in Delaware has high banks and multiple grooves similar to Bristol’s half-mile layout with high-banked straightaways. There is no other track in NASCAR like this. The race can be seen on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. IST on 1sports.
Jimmie Johnson boasts a track-record 10 wins in addition to 21 top 10s and a 9.5 average finish. The seven-time champion also claims the series-best driver rating (118.3) and average running position (7.8) at the Monster Mile.
If he wins the Sunday’s race, he will join Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip as the only three Cup Series drivers to win 11 or more races at a single track.
Let’s look at the top 10 contenders for the weekend race:
Considering his past wins, Johnson tops our list. Johnson has a series-high 10 wins, a series-best 9.53 average finishing position, series-best 118.3 driver rating and has lead 3,093 at Dover. Few drivers in NASCAR history can match Johnson’s stats at Dover.
Busch led 102 laps in a runner-up showing at Dover last fall and is starting to heat up by finishing second (Charlotte), fifth (Kansas) and third (Talladega) in his last three races with at least 48 laps in each race. The two-time Dover winner has been the runner-up in two of the last three races at the track, and he ranks third in laps led over the last 10 races here.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr leads the Cup Series in average running position (7.3), driver rating (113.3), fastest laps run (403) and laps led (769). He also won at Dover last fall. Truex has led a combined 365 laps over his last four starts here, and he has finished outside the top 15 only once in his last 10 starts at the track.
Harvick has the second-best driver rating (111.9) and has led 786 laps in the last five races at the track. His luck hasn’t always been great, but Harvick has been blazing fast at Dover since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. In six starts here with SHR, he has led a combined 810 laps, winning the fall race in 2015.
He has been one of the best drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year and his stats at Dover suggest he may find Victory Lane Sunday.
Larson was very close to getting first place at Dover last May but settled for a second-place finish. He has now finished 11th or better in five of his six starts at the track, posting back-to-back Top 3 effort in the spring race.
Keselowski has performed pretty well at Dover. His 9.7 average over the last 10 races ranks fourth in the series, and he has finished sixth or better six times in that span, winning once and finishing second in both races in 2014
He debuted with a third-place finish here last spring, and he followed that up with another third-place run in the fall. Elliott has to be considered a threat to run in the Top 5.
Logano has been one of the steadiest performers at the concrete oval. He has led just two laps over the last 10 races here, but his eight Top 10s in the same stretch are the most in the series.
He is the defending winner of this weekend’s race and a three-time Dover winner overall. Kenseth has also finished seventh or better in six of his last seven starts at the track.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
He is having his best season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has finished nine of the twelve races in the top 15. Stenhouse has been a consistent driver at Dover. His average finishing position at the track is 19.1.