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2013 Dover: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 02, 2013 - 06:55 AM
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2013 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 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 in 2012. That gives him four wins (and a second place finish - fall 2011) out of the last eight visits. And considering he led 632 of 1600 laps in the three races he didn't win... who would bet against that trend.

Maybe us.

When one looks at the numbers over the last 10 races, there is one name dominating the stats behind Johnson: Matt Kenseth. In fact, Kenseth had eight top-fives at Dover over the last ten visits including a win in the first visit in 2011. That's more top-fives than Johnson over the same span!

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 & 2012 visits.

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 16 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
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Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 04:18 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 Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota 22.788 157.978
2 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 22.814 157.798
2 3 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 22.820 157.756
4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 22.823 157.736
3 5 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 22.826 157.715
6 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 22.842 157.604
4 7 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 22.850 157.549
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 22.860 157.480
5 9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 22.863 157.460
10 1 Jamie McMurray Parade Media Group Chevrolet 22.871 157.405
6 11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 22.879 157.350
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 22.895 157.240
7 13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet 22.922 157.054
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Energizer Chevrolet 22.972 156.713
8 15 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 22.995 156.556
16 27 Paul Menard Menards/Libman Chevrolet 23.051 156.175
9 17 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 23.052 156.169
18 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 23.069 156.054
10 19 16 Greg Biffle RiteAid/Ace Ford 23.084 155.952
20 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Credit Cards from Chase Chevrolet 23.122 155.696
11 21 33 Landon Cassill(i) Bicycle NASCAR Playing Cards Chevrolet 23.160 155.440
22 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 23.165 155.407
12 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 23.190 155.239
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Monsters University Chevrolet 23.195 155.206
13 25 51 Austin Dillon(i) Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 23.204 155.146
26 47 Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota 23.213 155.086
14 27 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 23.217 155.059
28 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 23.230 154.972
15 29 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevrolet 23.274 154.679
30 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt/Ace/CMN Ford 23.283 154.619
16 31 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 23.290 154.573
32 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 23.301 154.500
17 33 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 23.304 154.480
34 30 David Stremme Widow Wax Toyota 23.332 154.295
18 35 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.379 153.984
36 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Royal Teak Toyota 23.432 153.636
19 37 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevrolet Owner Points
38 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota Owner Points
20 39 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Chevrolet Owner Points
40 36 JJ Yeley DOHS Click it or Ticket Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford Owner Points
42 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford Owner Points
22 43 44 Scott Riggs No Label Ford Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 12 0






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