Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Location: Dover International Speedway
Race Distance: 400 laps/ 400 miles
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Broadcast TV: FOX with coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Notes and Analysis:
Heading into Dover International Speedway this weekend, there’s one team that has stood tall on the one-mile concrete oval; Roush Fenway Racing.
Although they didn’t win the most recent race at Dover in October, the consistency by their drivers in recent years has but the team’s confidence high when heading to Dover.
Matt Kenseth, who won this race last year, not only is a past race winner at “The Monster Mile”, but also made his Cup Series debut at the track substituting for Bill Elliott.
Kenseth was able to grab the win in this event last year after a late race pit call by crew chief Jimmy Fenning opted to put two fresh tires on Kenseth’s car. Kenseth would then pass former teammate, Mark Martin, after the restart to take the win.
Over the years, Carl Edwards has been dubbed the nickname “Concrete Carl” after his run of dominance at concrete surfaced tracks in both the Cup and Nationwide Series.
In 15 starts at Dover, Edwards may only have one victory but he has been a model of consistency at the track posting 11 top-ten finishes during his Cup career at the track.
Also, Edwards’ 7.2 average finish at Dover is the third best of all Sprint Cup Series tracks Edwards has competed on during his career.
Points leader Greg Biffle is a two-time Dover winner, with the most recent of those coming in September,2008 when he won the first two races in the Chase.
In 19 career starts at Dover, Biffle has an average finish of 12.3—an average only topped by his at Kansas Speedway. Those 19 career starts have included; 10 top-tens, six top-fives and one pole during Biffle’s time in the Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
The rookie crop of 2002 has produced two very good racers at Dover International Speedway seemingly from their very first Cup start at the track.
Both Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman have each enjoyed success at “The Monster Mile” over the years. With Johnson’s last win at the track coming in October,2010 and Newman’s dating back to the days before the car of tomorrow platform, Sunday could be a classic battle between these two past rookie of the year contenders.
If you want a pair of sleeper picks to keep and eye on for Sunday’s race, look no further than Martin Truex Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger.
Truex Jr.’s lone Sprint Cup win came at Dover in June,2007 driving for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. Allmendinger hasn’t gone to victory lane in the Cup Series, but Dover has been his best track over recent years after posting career best finishes and runs at the track over the past years.
Fantasy Racing Picks:
“A” Drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch
“B” Drivers: Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, A.J. Allmendinger, Martin Truex Jr.
“C” Drivers: Bobby Labonte, Aric Almirola
Entry List for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks
- #1 Jamie McMurray (Bass Pro Shops/Allstate)
- #2 Brad Keselowski (Miller Lite)
- #5 Kasey Kahne (HendrickCars.com)
- #9 Marcos Ambrose (DeWalt)
- #10 David Reutimann (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
- #11 Denny Hamlin (FedEx Autism Speaks)
- #13 Casey Mears (GEICO)
- #14 Tony Stewart (Office Depot/ Mobil 1)
- #15 Clint Bowyer (5-Hour Energy)
- #16 Greg Biffle (3M Heiland)
- #17 Matt Kenseth (Best Buy)
- #18 Kyle Busch (M&M’s)
- #19 Mike Bliss (Humphrey Smith Racing)
- #20 Joey Logano (Home Depot)
- #22 A.J. Allmendinger (Shell Pennzoil)
- #23 Scott Riggs (North Texas Pipe)
- #24 Jeff Gordon (DuPont)
- #26 Josh Wise (MDS Transport)
- #27 Paul Menard (Menards/ Pittsburgh Paints)
- #29 Kevin Harvick (Jimmy John’s)
- #30 David Stremme (Inception Motorsports)
- #31 Jeff Burton (BB&T)
- #32 Reed Sorenson (TBA)
- #33 Stephen Leicht (Little Joe’s Auto)
- #34 David Ragan (MHP-8 Hour Alert)
- #36 Dave Blaney (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
- #38 David Gilliland (Autism Speaks)
- #39 Ryan Newman (Quicken Loans)
- #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Target)
- #43 Aric Almirola (Janki-King/ Smithfield)
- #47 Bobby Labonte (Scott Products)
- #48 Jimmie Johnson (Lowe’s Madagascar)
- #49 J.J. Yeley (JPO Absorbents)
- #51 Kurt Busch (Phoenix Construction)
- #52 Mike Skinner (CrusaderStaffing.com)
- #55 Mark Martin (Aaron’s)
- #56 Martin Truex Jr. (NAPA)
- #74 Cole Whitt (Turn One Racing)
- #78 Regan Smith (Furniture Row / CSX Play it Safe)
- #79 Scott Speed (Team Kyle)
- #83 Landon Cassill (Burger King/Dr. Pepper)
- #87 Joe Nemechek (AM FM Energy)
- #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AMP Energy/ National Guard)
- #93 Travis Kvapil (Burger King/ Dr. Pepper)
- #98 Michael McDowell (Phil Parsons Racing)
- #99 Carl Edwards (SUBWAY)