NASCAR Nationwide Series: Helluva Good 200 Fantasy Preview

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IMay 13, 2010

DOVER, DE - MAY 30:  Scott Legasse Jr., driver of the #11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Chevrolet, races a group of cars during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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Track Stats

Name: Dover International Speedway

Race Date: May 14, 2010

Location: Dover, DE

Length: one mile

Banking in turns: 24degrees

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. Brad Keselowski

2. Joey Logano

3. Clint Bowyer

4. Brian Vickers

5. Carl Edwards

6. Paul Menard

7. Scott Speed

8. Jason Leftler

9. Jason Keller

10. Justin Allgaier

September Winner : Clint Bowyer

Interesting Stats

In the last five races, Keselowski has tamed Miles the Monster the best as he’s gained the most points (817) followed by Edwards (795) and Mike Bliss (740).

Good Picks

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski has been the concrete king of the Nationwide Series. In the past two years on the three concrete tracks (Bristol, Dover, Nashville), he has been a threat for the win. So far this year he has a second place finish at Bristol and a fifth place finish at Nashville.

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He looks to continue his streak this year and, according to the statistic above and by his average finish, Dover is his best track of the three. In six races at Dover, he has one win, three top fives, five top 10s, and an average finish of 7.5.

So far this year, Keselowski is off to a stellar start in the Nationwide Series as he leads the standings by 55 points and two wins, eight top fives, and nine top 10s.

Carl Edwards 

If Keselowski is the concrete king, then Edwards is the concrete prince. Like Keselowski, Edwards has also scored good finishes at the concrete tracks so far with a fourth place finish at Bristol and a sixth at Nashville.

He looks to continue this at Dover where in ten races he has one win, six top fives, eight top 10s, and an average finish of 9.2.

So far this year, Edwards is off to a good start as he sits fourth in points, 199 behind Keselowski.

Edwards will be looking to use Dover as a place to get his first win on the year.

Clint Bowyer

While Keselowski and Edwards have established themselves as good drivers on all the concrete tracks, Bowyer is the one who rises to the top at Dover. In eight races there he has two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s, and the highest average finish of everybody with an impressive 6.1.

Since taking over the No. 21 car, Bowyer only has one top 10, which came at Talladega.

Bowyer looks to use Dover to rebound from his recent back-to-back bad finishes and get his first top five of the year.

Mike Bliss

If you’re looking to cheer for a non-Cup Series driver, then look no further. Bliss has Cup experience so he knows what to expect and has driven well at Dover in the past. In 10 starts there, he has four top fives, six top 10s, and an average finish of 10th.

In nine Nationwide Series starts this year, Bliss only has one top 10 (at Bristol) and looks to use Dover to get his first top five of the year.

Reed Sorenson 

Reed is another driver who has Cup experience and excells at Dover. In seven races at Dover, he has three top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 8.7.

He’s also with Braun Racing—a Nationwide team that has had success in the past so it’d be no surprise if he finishes in the top 10.

Driver to Watch

Justin Allgaier

In two starts at Dover last year, Allgaier finished 10th and 25th.

This year, however, he has been the top non-Cup Series driver as he sits fifth in points with one win, three top fives and five top 10s. He has also proven that he can run well on concrete tracks as he won at Bristol and finished fourth at Nashville this year.

Allgaier looks to come out of Dover with a top five finish and gain the ground that he’s lost in points so far this year.

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