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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 11, 2010

Dover, aka The Monster Mile, has been friendly to the drivers that were in the chase last year.  The top seven drivers with the best average finish at the track all made the chase last season.  Of the ten hottest drivers over the last five races this season, seven of them were in the chase last year.  Seven must be the lucky number because that’s how many of the drivers from last year’s chase have won in Dover.  Those factors could make it more difficult to picking your team this week.  I’ll try to give you some good recommendations.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
In 16 career races in Dover Jimmie has 5 wins (most among active drivers), taking home first place in both 2009 races.  He’s also collected 7 top fives, and 11 top tens for an average finish of 9.8.  Jimmie has cooled off a bit over the past few weeks, but he’s not done winning by any means.  He’s going to want to make a statement this weekend and try to dominate the race.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff has had awesome cars the past couple of weeks, but always seemed to have something go wrong, preventing him from getting the win.  Dover is another track that he does extremely well on.  In his career he has 4 wins, 14 top fives and 21 top tens after 34 races.  He’s very tough here, so don’t be surprised to see him in victory lane.

Matt Kenseth
Matt has 4 consecutive top five finishes in Dover, and currently 5th in points.  He’s been a solid driver this season and a good one to have on your team.  Matt hasn’t been doing to well lately though.  He hasn’t recorded a top ten finish since race 7 in Phoenix.  That’s okay though; he’s due.  Dover is a track he knows and is comfortable with, so put him on your team and watch him get a top ten finish.

Kyle Busch
This pick is purely on the fact that Kyle has been the hottest driver over the last 5 races.  He’s averaging a 5.6 place finish in that stretch with five consecutive top tens and a win mixed in as well.  He does have a win and 5 top fives at Dover in 10 career races, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him win the race. 

Dark Horse: Brad Keselowski
This is a week where I wish I didn’t have to pick a dark horse.  There aren’t many options outside the top 15 to put on your team.  Brad has never raced here before, so this will be a learning experience for him, but I think the can do well.  He has been able to collect 6 top 16s in last 7 races this season.  It’s not a lot to brag about, but he is showing come consistency and the ability to race every lap and get a decent finish.  I guess that’s the hope for this weekend; a top 15 finish.


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  3. peoplespigskin said

    Like most of the picks, I’m wondering if Martin Truex Jr. would be an alternative for the dark horse. True, he’s stuck with Michael Waltrip’s crappy equipment, but he also has a Sprint Cup win under his belt here, and he probably has fewer drivers looking for an excuse to “nudge” him into the corners.
    (By the way, in your disappointing driver poll, I chose “Other” because my pick for disappointing driver so far would be Tony Stewart. The man’s won two cups, but he seems to have been stuck in second gear ever since he left Joe Gibbs Racing.)

  4. Mike Wells said

    Awesome picks. I could not agree more about #1 and #2.

    Denny stinks here lately, but the hot streak he is on could change that. I am still too scared to roll the dice on him at Dover.

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