NASCAR at Dover: The 10 Current Drivers Who Have Fared Best at The Monster Mile
It is not unusual for the NASCAR's best drivers to leave the one mile concrete track at Dover International Speedway battered and humbled by Miles the Monster and one another.
There are drivers who fight the valiant battle and manage to finish well despite the 24-degree banking in the turns and the unforgiving mystique of the track. Some of those drivers have found a way to win multiple times in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.
The fact that the track is represented by a Monster is indicative of the challenges even the best of drivers can face here. It is a tough track, though some drivers actually enjoy it's challenges.
As we head into Saturday's Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide race and Sunday's AAA 400 Sprint Cup series race, we shall take a look at 10 drivers who have found themselves hoisting the victory trophy multiple times between events in NASCAR's two top series.
In this slideshow we are only looking at active drivers, though racing history shows other drivers were successful at Dover International Speedway.
Let's take a look a some who have fared the best with winning ways at the Delaware track.
Greg Biffle was the Busch (Nationwide) Rookie of the Year in 2001. He began full-time racing in NASCAR's top tier in 2003.
Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, has two Cup wins at Dover in 2005 and 2008. His Nationwide wins came in 2002 and 2004.
Biffle is currently in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the series title and is ranked ninth.
Dover stats in Cup series: Six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with an average finish of 10.5.
Bill Elliott remains an active driver for Wood Brothers Racing. He was the 1988 Winston (Sprint) Cup Champion and has 44 wins to his credit.
The 16-time "Most Popular Driver" had four wins at Dover International Speedway with one in 1985, one in 1990, and two in his banner year 1988.
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, has the most top-five and top-10 finishes at the Monster Mile.
The 51 year old has Cup wins at Dover International Speedway in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2004. He won in the NASCAR Nationwide series during 1987.
His career win total is 48 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Heading to Dover he is ranked 17th in the point standings.
Dover stats in Cup series: 22 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes with an average of 12.5.
Tony Stewart, nicknamed Smoke, raced into the NASCAR Winston (Sprint) Cup series in 1999 driving the Home Depot Chevy for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Stewart has 38 career wins in the Cup series to his credit. He was the NASCAR Series Champion in 2002 and 2005.
He took the No. 20 car to two wins at Dover International Speedway in 2000.
Currently he is the owner/driver of the No. 14 Chevy and is once again in the Chase, racing for the series title.
Dover stats in Cup series: 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes with an average of 11.4.
Ryan Newman drives the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is the only active NASCAR driver to have obtained a college degree, having graduated from Purdue University.
The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup (Sprint Cup) Rookie of the Year won two Cup races at the Monster Mile in 2003 and one in 2004. In 2005 he took his Nationwide car to a win at Dover International Speedway.
Newman missed securing a spot in this year's Chase for the series title.
Dover stats in Cup series: Six top-five and 10-top 10 finishes with an average of 10.5.
Matt Kenseth was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year in 2000 and won the Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2003.
Kenseth joined Roush Racing in 2000 and continues to drive the No. 17 Ford for that organization now known as Roush Fenway Racing.
It was Kenseth's 2003 season that triggered implementation of the NASCAR Chase. He led the point standings for 33 weeks, clinched the title with one week remaining in the season, yet only had one win during the year.
Kenseth has 18 career wins in the Cup Series. At Dover International Speedway he won a 2006 and 2008 Cup race and he had wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1998 and 2000.
He is currently in the NASCAR Chase and is ranked 12th going to Dover.
Dover stats in Cup series: Six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with an average of 10.5.
Kyle Busch is the driver of the No. 18 M&M's Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He was the first driver to win with the new COT in NASCAR's top tier.
Busch at age 25 has proven to be a winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup series as well.
At Dover International Speedway, he won Cup races in 2008 and 2010. His Nationwide wins came during 2008 and this season at the Monster Mile. He swept both races during the May events this year.
Busch is in the NASCAR Chase and is currently ranked fourth in the standings.
Dover stats in Cup series: six top-five and six top-10 finishes with an average of 15.5.
Jeff Gordon began driving full time in the NASCAR Winston (Sprint) Cup series behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet in 1993 under the guidance of Ray Evernham at Hendrick Motorsports.
Gordon is the four-time winner of the NASCAR Winston (Sprint) Cup Championship in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001.
The HMS driver has 82 career wins in the Cup series.
At Dover International Speedway, he won in NASCAR's top series once in 1995, twice in 1996, and once again in 2001.
Currently Gordon is ranked fifth in the points for the NASCAR Chase.
Dover stats in Cup series: 14 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes with an average of 12.1.
Jimmie Johnson has won the last four consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships. He has 52 wins to his credit in that series.
Johnson, driver of the Lowe's No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, was brought into the fold at HMS by Jeff Gordon who is the other four-time Champion that hasn't been able to claim a title since.
At the Monster Mile, Johnson won twice in 2002, once in 2005, and twice in 2009.
He is ranked seventh in the points for the NASCAR Chase heading to Dover.
Dover stats in Cup series: seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes with an average of 10.2.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, drove in a NASCAR Cup exhibition race in Japan during 1998 and ran five races in the top-tier series for Dale Earnhardt Inc. during 1999.
In 2000, Earnhardt went full-time in the Winston (Sprint) Cup series with his No. 8 Chevy for DEI. In 2008 he left the family company to join Hendrick Motorsports. He has 18 career wins in that series.
The year 2001 was tough for Dale Jr. after the death of his father at the Daytona 500. He was able to rebound with wins at Dover, Talladega, and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.
At Dover, Earnhardt Jr. won in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1998 and 1999. As stated above, he had one win in 2001 with the Cup series.
The driver of the No. 88 is currently ranked 18th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings heading to Dover International Speedway.
Dover stats in Cup series: Four top-five and seven top-10 finishes with an average of 17.8.