Miles Takes His Bite: NASCAR Autism Speaks 400 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
Last Year’s Top 10
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Tony Stewart
3. Greg Biffle
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Kurt Busch
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Carl Edwards
8. Ryan Newman
9. Casey Mears
10. Mark Martin
September Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Driver Rating from 2009 Autism Speaks 400
NASCAR.com has a driver rating system that is supposed to help in picking who is a good fantasy choice. Their formula combines the following categories: wins, finishes, top 15 finishes, average running positions while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finish. The maximum points one driver can obtain for one race is 150 points.
For more specific information and further understanding, please visit nascar.com.
Here are the top 10 drivers and their ratings following the 2009 Autism Speaks 400:
1. Jimmie Johnson with 150
2. Greg Biffle with 120.5
3. Carl Edwards with 114.3
4. Kurt Busch with 113.3
5. Matt Kenseth with 109.5
6. Mark Martin with 100.8
7. Kasey Kahne with 99.4
8. Tony Stewart with 99.1
9. Ryan Newman with 98.7
10. Clint Bowyer with 90.2
Last year, Johnson swept the races at Dover, using the fall race to propel himself to a fourth consecutive championship. This was the second time in his career that Johnson had swept Dover as he also swept the races in his rookie season in 2002.
Johnson has always been good at Dover as in 16 starts, he has five wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s and the second highest average finish of 9.8. He has also gained the most points of any driver when you combine the past four races at Dover.
When you look at the intermediate tracks overall, Johnson ranks third in earning points when all 17 races from last year are totaled (2386) with an average finish of 12.6, seven top-fives and 11 top 10s.
Johnson currently sits second in the standings, 110 points behind leader Kevin Harvick, looking to rebound after the wreck last week in Darlington.
Known for being good at the concrete tracks in both the Nationwide and Cup Series, Edwards is always up front at both concrete tracks on the Cup circuit. In 11 starts at Dover, he has one win, five top fives, seven top 10s and the highest average finish of 7.9.
When you look at the intermediate tracks overall, Edwards ranks 10th in earning points when all 17 races are totaled last year (2115) with an average finish of 14.8, four top fives and 10 top 10s.
Edwards currently sits 11th in the standings, 43 points ahead of 13th, looking to use Dover to increase his chances of being in the Chase.
Known for being able to rip off a quick lap and run upfront on the plates, Newman also rocks the house at Dover. In 16 starts, he has three wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 10.3.
When you look at the intermediate tracks overall, Newman ranks 12th in earning points when all 17 races are totaled from last year (2079) with an average finish of 14.7, two top-fives and six top 10s.
Newman currently sits 14th in points, 38 points behind 12th, looking to find his way into the top 12 and the Chase.
Part of the Roush three-some (along with Edwards and Kenseth) that had the famous duel at Dover in 2008, Biffle looks to repeat how he ran that day and continue his string of success at the monster mile.
In 15 starts, he has two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 10.8. He has also gained the most points of any driver when you combine the past 10 races at Dover.
When you look at the intermediate tracks overall, Biffle ranks sixth in earning points when all 17 races are totaled from last year (2224) with an average finish of 12.9, five top-fives and nine top 10s.
Biffle currently sits seventh in points, 191 points behind the leader, looking to gain some ground.
Driver to Watch: Denny Hamlin
Hamlin has been on fire lately, winning three of the last six races. Statically he hasn’t been good at Dover, however, as he only has one top five and two top 10s in eight starts with an average finish of 25.1. Hamlin looks to use his momentum to change the results of recent at Dover and get his first top 10 at Dover since the spring of 2007.
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