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Most of the drivers that are very good at Dover are listed in Group A. You can still find some decent drivers in Group B if you watch practice.
I found four drivers that I like, but if they struggle in practice on Friday I may have to find new picks.
Here are my selections for Yahoo Group B:
Greg Biffle has struggled at Dover in the last two years. His best finish since the spring 2010 race has been 19th. I am overlooking his recent struggles, because Biffle is not the same driver in 2012 as he was in the past. Biffle has been the most dominating driver in NASCAR this season, and he has had success at Dover in the past.
In his 19 career starts at Dover, Biffle has two wins, six top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes, won one pole position and led 7,548 laps.
Biffle has the third-best average running position (9.4), the third-most fastest green flag laps with 414, the third-fastest green flag speed of 143.350, the third-most laps run in the top 15 with 4,562 and the second-most green flag passes with 416.
Biffle will continue to run up front in the race and has a great chance to win his second race of the 2012 season on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr.
Five years—and 179 races—have passed since Martin Truex’s first and only win came at Dover. This weekend, the long drought could end. Dover is the home track of the Mayetta, N.J., native, and one of his best tracks.
In his 12 career starts at Dover, Truex has one win, one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes and led 225 laps. Truex has won the pole for two of the last three races at Dover.
After a hot start to the 2012 season, Truex has cooled down the past four weeks. I think this is the week that Truex gets another top-five finish.
Mark Martin has had a quiet 2012 season. He has won two pole positions this year, ran in the top ten at many races, but has not competed for any wins. Martin’s history at Dover is too good to pass up, and he has a great chance at winning his third pole position of the year on Sunday.
In his 51 career starts at Dover, Martin has four wins, 23 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes, won four pole positions and led 20,521 laps. Martin has the fifth-best average running position of 11, the fifth-most fastest laps run with 293, the sixth-best average green flag speed of 143.112 mph and the sixth-most laps run in the top-15 with 4,063.
This might be the week to use Martin and save a start with one of the better drivers in Group B.
A.J. Allmendinger killed my team last week. His brake rotors locked up on his car, causing him to go to the garage. It was not a problem Allmendinger had any control over, so I plan to give him another chance this week.
Allmendinger has been good at Dover. In his 10 career starts at Dover, Allmendinger has three top-10 finishes and has led 152 laps. Allmendinger has qualified on the front row for two of the past three races at Dover. In the last four races at Dover, Allmendinger’s average finish is No. 17, but he does have the fifth-best driver rating of 102.4.
Allmendinger is my sleeper pick this week. I selected him because I think he will qualify in the top four, and he might end up with a good car for the race.
Other good picks: Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer