NASCAR Camping World Trucks: Dover 200 Fantasy Preview
Name: Dover International Speedway
Race Date: May 14, 2010
Location: Dover, DE
Length: one mile
Banking in turns: 24 degrees
Banking on the straightaways: nine degrees
Grandstand Seats: 140,000
Tickets/track info: http://www.doverspeedway.com/ or (800) 441-7223
Last Year’s Top 10
1. Brian Scott
2. Dennis Setzer
3. David Starr
4. Jason White
5. Johnny Sauter
6. Matt Crafton
7. Chad McCumbee
8. Mike Skinner
9. Kyle Busch
10. Terry Cook
When you combine the last two races at Dover, David Starr has gained the most points (320) followed by Matt Crafton (305) and Mike Skinner (293).
However, when you go back to the last five races at Dover, Ron Hornaday has gained the most points (771), followed by Kyle Busch (696) and Terry Cook (690).
Hornaday’s stats in looking back at the previous five races show how well he’s run at Dover and his average finish backs that up. In five races at Dover, he has one win, three top fives, four top 10s, and an average finish of 8.2.
Hornaday is looking to continue his climb through the points back to the top after his dismal start to the year. Dover looks to be a good track for that to continue as Hornaday has always been good on the concrete tracks, some people calling him the “Concrete King.”
If anybody has stats to match those of Hornaday’s, then call Starr as he fits into that category. In eight races at Dover, he has three top fives, six top 10s, and an average finish of 8.5. Starr currently sits 11th in points after moving up four spots after Kansas, 173 points out of the lead, looking for his first top five of the year.
Another truck series veteran, Skinner is another driver that you’ve got to watch at Dover. In six races, he has one top five, five top 10s, and an average finish of 9.7.
Skinner currently sits 10th in the points after moving up three spots after Kansas, 168 points out of the lead, also looking for his first top five of the year.
Veterans seems to be the trend here for drivers to watch as Compton is another veteran you should watch.
In four races at Dover, he has one top five, two top 10s, and an average finish of 11th. Compton currently sits 23rd in points after dropping five spots after Kansas, looking to rebound and move back up the standings.
No matter the track, no matter the series, if Kyle Busch is entered, you better watch for him. The truck series is no exception as in three starts this year he already has a win at Nashville and a second place finish at Atlanta. He has also run well at Dover in the past as in five starts he has one win, one top five, three top 10s, and an average finish of 11.8.
Busch took a big venture for the 2010 season, becoming a truck owner, and that has already paid off well. He got the first win for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Nashville and looks to take the points lead in the owner’s standings from Kevin Harvick Incorporated’s No. 2 truck as he’s only nine points back.
Driver To Watch Despite Only One Start at Dover
Johnny Sauter looks to repeat last year’s finish as he finished fifth in his first truck start at Dover. Sauter is off to a good start this year as he sits fifth in points, only 117 points behind the lead.
First Time Winner Round Three?
It could occur if we once again see a first time winner. The last two races at Dover have produced first time truck winners in the form of Scott Speed in 2008 and Brian Scott in 2009.
Could it happen again?
Aric Almirola could be the guy to watch as he currently sits third in the standings, 30 points behind the leader, looking for the truck win of his career.
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