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2011 Dover: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: MSulka on May 15, 2011 - 07:15 AM
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2011 Dover: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Today the NASCAR Sprint Cup series be racing at the Dover International Speedway, a track they've been visiting since 1969. The first race was won by NASCAR legend Richard Petty in his '69 Ford. In all, the series has raced at the infamous Monster Mile 81 times. The track is a one-mile oval with 24 degree banking in the turns and nine degree banking on the 1,076 foot straights. If the grandstands are completely filled today, over 140,000 NASCAR fans will be enjoying NASCAR's only race in the state of Delaware.

Today's race should be dominated by 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson who swept both races at Dover in 2009 and won the second visit in 2010. That gives him three wins out of the last four visits. And considering he led 225 of 400 laps in the race he didn't win... who would bet against that trend.

Maybe us.

When one looks at the number over the last four races or less, there is one name dominating the stats behind Johnson: Matt Kenseth. Kenseth had five straight top-fours at Dover, that was until the second visit in 2010 when he finished 18th. The streak began in 2008 (4th & 2nd), and continued through 2009 (4th & 3rd). In the first visit to Dover in 2010, Kenseth once again finish third.

Matt Kenseth has been very consistent, and clearly has the best second-best stats, but he's only won at Dover once (Summer 2006) in 23 attempts.

In today's starting line-up three drivers have at least four all-time wins at Dover (Jimmie Johnson - 6, Jeff Gordon - 4, Mark Martin - 4). You might also notice that those three are all racing for Hendrick Motorsports. If Johnson should win he will tie Bobby Allison (7 wins) & Richard Petty (7 wins) in all-time wins at the track.

As for manufacturer's there is no clear winner at the Monster Mile if you take out Johnson's dominance. All four manufacturers have won recently, but Chevrolet and Ford have had the best luck with eight and five wins respectively. Though Kyle Busch has given Toyota two wins in the last six races at Dover. Dodge hasn't won at the track since 2004.

Well, we did our best to convince ourselves otherwise, but our pick today is for Johnson to continue his Monster Mile success, but remember the Monster has no friends and hates winning streaks.

But should Johnson fail, keep an eye on the other Hendrick boys, Kenseth, and Jeff Burton. They all have seen their share of success at Dover.

You might also be interested to find out that we aren't adding Toyota driver Kyle Busch to this list. The problem is that he's all or nothing at this track. Out of 12 starts, he's finished 17th or worse five times.

So enjoy today's race and keep in mind yesterday's wild NASCAR Nationwide finish. There are a number of drivers ticked off at each other, and Dover is another track that will make it easy for those tensions to blow.

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Dover International Speedway
FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 07:18 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 09/21/97 03:00:50 132.719
Row Pos Car Driver Team Reason
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 2nd
2 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 2011 Owner Points 11th
2 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Sugar-Free/National Guard Chev 2011 Owner Points 4th
4 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 2011 Owner Points 15th
3 5 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 2011 Owner Points 25th
6 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge 2011 Owner Points 8th
4 7 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 2011 Owner Points 3rd
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 2011 Owner Points 20th
5 9 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 2011 Owner Points 26
10 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 5th
6 11 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 27th
12 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 2011 Owner Points 12th
7 13 99 Carl Edwards AFLAC Ford 2011 Owner Points 1st
14 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 2011 Owner Points 19th
8 15 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 2011 Owner Points 29th
16 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 24th
9 17 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 2011 Owner Points 28th
18 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 2011 Owner Points 22nd
10 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 13th
20 27 Paul Menard CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 18th
11 21 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 17th
22 33 Clint Bowyer BB&T Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 9th
12 23 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford/Bush's Best Baked Beans Toyota 2011 Owner Points 23rd
24 17 Matt Kenseth Wiley X Sunglasses Ford 2011 Owner Points 10th
13 25 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 14th
26 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground/Autism Speaks Toyota 2011 Owner Points 16th
14 27 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 7th
28 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 6th
15 29 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 2011 Owner Points 30th
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 2011 Owner Points 34th
16 31 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 21st
32 09 Landon Cassill(i) SecurityBenefits/ThankATeacherToday Chev 2011 Owner Points 31st
17 33 32 Mike Bliss(i) U.S. Chrome Ford 2011 Owner Points 33rd
34 7 Scott Wimmer(i) Fast Five/SPEED Energy Dodge 2011 Owner Points 35th
18 35 36 Dave Blaney Golden Corral Chevrolet 2011 Owner Points 32nd
36 66 * Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 2011 Owner Attempts
19 37 71 * Andy Lally # Interstate Moving Services Ford 2011 Owner Attempts
38 46 * J J Yeley Red Line Chevrolet 2011 Owner Attempts
20 39 60 * Mike Skinner(i) Big Red Toyota 2011 Owner Attempts
40 30 * David Stremme Inception Racing Chevrolet 2011 Owner Attempts
21 41 38 * Travis Kvapil(i) A&W All American Food Ford 2011 Owner Attempts
42 87 * Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 2011 Owner Attempts
22 43 37 * Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 2011 Owner Attempts
Did Not Qualify: #81 Scott Riggs(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 1 Ford 11 0






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