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2012 Dover II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Sep 30, 2012 - 07:09 AM
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2012 Dover II: 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 84 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, and the third in a series a races for the Championship Chase.

Today's race should be dominated by 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and Jimmie Johnson who swept both races at Dover in 2009, won the second visit in 2010, and won the first visit earlier this year. That gives him four wins (and a second place finish - fall 2011) out of the last seven visits. And considering he led 589 of 1200 laps in the three races 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 eight top-fives at Dover over the last nine visits including a win in the first visit in 2011.

In today's starting line-up three drivers have at least four all-time wins at Dover (Jimmie Johnson - 7, Jeff Gordon - 4, Mark Martin - 4). With Johnson's latest win he tied 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 nine and seven wins respectively. Though Kyle Busch has given Toyota two wins in the last nine races at Dover. And Dodge broke through with a victory during the 2011 visit.

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 15 starts, he's finished 17th or worse six times.

So enjoy today's race!


 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Dover International Speedway
43rd Annual AAA 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 29, 2012 @ 03:06 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 09/21/97 03:00:50 132.719
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 22.599 159.299
2 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 22.604 159.264
2 3 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 22.613 159.200
4 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 22.676 158.758
3 5 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 22.689 158.667
6 16 Greg Biffle Scotch-Brite Ford 22.707 158.541
4 7 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 22.721 158.444
8 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevrolet 22.742 158.297
5 9 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 22.748 158.256
10 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 22.763 158.151
6 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 22.772 158.089
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 22.786 157.992
7 13 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 22.789 157.971
14 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 22.789 157.971
8 15 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 22.792 157.950
16 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford Charcoal Toyota 22.811 157.819
9 17 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Cargill Ford 22.816 157.784
18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet 22.835 157.653
10 19 27 Paul Menard Menards/CertainTeed Chevrolet 22.842 157.604
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 22.936 156.958
11 21 43 Aric Almirola Super 8 Ford 22.941 156.924
22 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 22.955 156.829
12 23 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 22.984 156.631
24 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 22.989 156.597
13 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 22.997 156.542
26 55 Mark Martin Aaron's 2000th Store - Bronx, NY Toyota 23.005 156.488
14 27 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 23.033 156.297
28 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 23.043 156.230
15 29 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 23.044 156.223
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 23.050 156.182
16 31 34 David Ragan Long John Silver's Ford 23.074 156.020
32 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 23.094 155.885
17 33 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King Toyota 23.120 155.709
34 95 Scott Speed Jordan Truck Sales Ford 23.160 155.440
18 35 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 23.169 155.380
36 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 23.188 155.253
19 37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 23.217 155.059
38 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 23.222 155.025
20 39 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 23.279 154.646
40 36 JJ Yeley Drive Sober, Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 32 TJ Bell(i) Green Smoke Ford Owner Points
42 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford Owner Points
22 43 37 Dave Blaney MaxQWorkforce.com Chevrolet 23.222 155.025
Did Not Qualify: # 30 David Stremme; # 19 Mike Bliss(i); # 49 Jason Leffler(i); # 33 Cole Whitt(i); # 79 Kelly Bires.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 1 Ford 13 1






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