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2014 Dover: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 01, 2014 - 06:30 AM
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2014 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 & 2013, and won the first visit in 2012. That gives him five wins (and a second place finish - fall 2011) out of the last 10 visits. And considering he led 2067 of 3998 laps over that span... 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 six top-fives at Dover over the last ten visits including a win in the first visit in 2011. He's second only to Johnson - who has seven top-fives during the same span.

In today's starting line-up only two drivers have at least four all-time wins at Dover (Jimmie Johnson - 8, Jeff Gordon - 4). With Johnson's latest win he broke his tied with Bobby Allison (7 wins) & Richard Petty (7 wins) in all-time wins at the track. Johnson is now the all-time leader at Dover.

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 11 and seven wins respectively. Though Kyle Busch has given Toyota two wins in the last 11 races at Dover. And Dodge - now long gone - 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.

Should Johnson fail, keep an eye on the other Hendrick boys, plus 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 who will be going for his third win of the weekend. The problem is that he's all or nothing at this track. Out of 18 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 30, 2014 @ 04:41 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 09/21/97 03:00:50 132.719
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 21.892 164.444
2 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Peanut Butter Toyota 21.980 163.785
2 3 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 21.993 163.688
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 22.037 163.362
3 5 42 Kyle Larson # Cottonelle Chevrolet 22.075 163.080
6 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 22.077 163.066
4 7 11 Denny Hamlin Autism Speaks/FedEx Freight Toyota 22.077 163.066
8 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 22.154 162.499
5 9 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 22.166 162.411
10 15 Clint Bowyer Cherry5-hrEnergySpecialOpsWarriorFnd Tyt 22.189 162.243
6 11 47 AJ Allmendinger Scott Products Chevrolet 22.201 162.155
12 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 22.361 160.995
7 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 22.095 162.933
14 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 22.099 162.903
8 15 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet 22.101 162.889
16 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 22.107 162.844
9 17 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 22.128 162.690
18 66 Brett Moffitt Land Castle Title Toyota 22.140 162.602
10 19 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 22.143 162.580
20 14 Tony Stewart Code 3/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 22.147 162.550
11 21 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 22.149 162.536
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 22.188 162.250
12 23 3 Austin Dillon # American Ethanol Chevrolet 22.201 162.155
24 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 22.221 162.009
13 25 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 22.256 161.754
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nationwide Ford 22.257 161.747
14 27 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 22.260 161.725
28 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 22.274 161.623
15 29 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 22.281 161.573
30 51 Justin Allgaier # AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 22.376 160.887
16 31 26 Cole Whitt # Burger King Toyota 22.417 160.592
32 38 David Gilliland The Pete Store Ford 22.439 160.435
17 33 98 Josh Wise iRacing.com/Reddit.com Chevrolet 22.471 160.206
34 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 22.582 159.419
18 35 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota 22.586 159.391
36 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 22.613 159.200
19 37 44 JJ Yeley(i) Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet Owner Points
38 36 Reed Sorenson Click It or Ticket Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 7 Michael Annett # Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Owner Points
40 33 David Stremme Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota Owner Points
42 77 Dave Blaney Ford Owner Points
22 43 32 Blake Koch(i) supportmilitary.org Ford Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 23 0 Toyota 9 0






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