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June 2, 2013
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NASCAR remains on the East Coast this Sunday when the drivers try their luck in Dover, DE for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. Dover International Speedway, nicknamed the "Monster Mile" is a 1-mile, intermediate concrete track completed in 1969 in an oval shape. Each turn has the same "monster" 24° banking and straightaways consist of 9° banking. Both the frontstretch and backstretch measure 1,076 feet (0.204 miles). Jimmie Johnson has won seven of his 22 races at Dover, but Brad Keselowski won at this track in the most recent race last fall. Starting position is very important at this venue, as seven of the past 10 Dover winners have started in one of the top five spots.
Drivers to Watch
Jimmie Johnson (4/1) - Not only has Johnson won seven times at this track since 2002, but his average finish is a stellar 6.3 since 2005, spanning 16 races. In his past eight starts at Dover, he has four wins, a runner-up, and a 4th, 9th and 16th. This season, he's finished in the top-5 in half the races, and placed 12th or better in all but two starts.
Martin Truex Jr. (15/1) - He has certainly had some shining moments at Dover, as he's started third or better in four of his past six starts at this track, a stretch which includes two pole positions. More importantly, Truex Jr. has also finished in the top-8 in three of the past four starts at the "Monster Mile." He's also turned his 2013 season around completely, as Truex was in 25th place with a 23.0 average finish after his first six races this year, but has now moved up to 9th place in the standings, thanks to an 8.5 average finish over his past six starts.
Brad Keselowski (12/1) - He won the Dover race last fall, and also finished strong in the one concrete track race this season at Bristol, placing third behind Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. Keselowski's average finish at this track is a mediocre 14.3 in six starts, but he has not enjoyed especially strong starting positions either (16.8 average). Keselowski is also due to bust out of his month-long slump that has seen him place 33rd, 15th, 32nd and 36th in his past four starts.
Joey Logano (35/1) - As darkhorses go, Logano has a lot to offer bettors on Sunday. First of all, he's thrived on concrete tracks with three top-10's in his past four races on this surface, which includes finishes of 8th and 10th at Dover. Logano has also raced better than his current 19th place in the standings shows. Take away his two crashes in Kansas and Talladega, and he's tallied top-5's in four of his past six races.
Jeff Burton (200/1) - He's got a great chance of being in contention at the "Monster Mile," where he won in 2006 and has seven other top-5 showings at Dover in his career. Since 2005, Burton has placed 12th or better in 12 of 16 starts at this track, posting runner-up finishes in both of the 2010 Dover starts. Burton has also led two of the past four races this season, which included a 5th-place finish at Richmond.