NASCAR Sprint Cup Autism Speaks 400 Preview

dave darbySenior Analyst IMay 29, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, leads Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

After David Reutimann's rain shortened victory in Charlotte, the Cup guys have moved north to Dover, Delaware for Sundays Autism Speaks 400.

Reutimann has kept the momentum going and will start from the poll on Sunday based on his qualifying speed of 156.794 MPH around the 1 mile track. Joining Reutimann on the front row is Kasey Kahne. Juan Montoya and Reed Sorenson make up the second row.

It was Greg Biffle who started from the poll last year and finished in 3rd, behind Carl Edwards and race winner Kyle Busch. The race featured five cautions for a total of 26 laps and 9 drivers led at least one lap.

Favorites are hard to come by in this race. There have been 12 different winners in the last 12 years. Jeff Gordon has won twice, but his first victory was back in 1996 and his last in 2001.

However, that won't stop us from making our top two selections to win and one longshot to watch for.


Carl Edwards

"Concrete Carl" hasn't won this race yet, but the track suits him just fine. Carl preceded last year's 2nd place finish with a 3rd place result two years ago. Carl will start 13th. Could be backflip time in New England.


Kyle Busch

"Rowdy" has last years win, a 2nd and 5th place finish on his Dover resume. Look for the kid to force his way to the front early and often. Kyle starts in the 6th position.


Ryan Newman

Our long shot this week has a 2nd and 4th place finish in this race to go along with his victory back in 2003. Ryan will start 11th on Sunday.