Driver Handicaps: Dover

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This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway for Sunday's Camping World RV 400. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 400-lap event.

Who's HOT at Dover
• Greg Biffle holds the best driver rating (116.1) over the last seven races.
• June winner Kyle Busch has finished in the top five in five of his seven starts.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin leads all drivers with 20 top fives at Dover.
• Carl Edwards has finished third or better in his last four starts, including a win in this event in 2007.
• Jimmie Johnson has three wins and eight top 10s in 13 starts.
• Martin Truex Jr. has a 9.6 average finish in five starts.
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,201 laps led.
• Matt Kenseth has one win and has led the most laps (491) in the last seven races.

Keep an Eye on at Dover
• Tony Stewart has a 12.2 average finish and has led 1,066 laps at Dover.
• Dover is Ryan Newman's best oval on the circuit based on his 10.3 finishing average.
• Jeff Burton has a 7.9 average finish in his last seven races at Dover.
• Jamie McMurray has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at Dover.

Dover Rookie Standings
Back in June, rookies Regan Smith, Sam Hornish Jr., Patrick Carpentier, and Michael McDowell each made their first Sprint Cup Series start at Dover. Hornish Jr. finished 18th, with Smith (21st), Carpentier (29th) and McDowell (30th) finishing behind him. Rookie Standings

Qualifying Tidbits
Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon are the only active full-time drivers that have won a pole at Dover International Speedway since 2003. Biffle is the latest pole winner after taking the top spot in June with a lap of 155.219 mph. Jeremy Mayfield established the current track qualifying record of 161.522 mph in 2004 when he drove the No. 19 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. Qualifying in June of 2005 was rained out along with the 2003 fall race. Gordon and Johnson's poles in the last two fall races were the first by a Chevrolet since 1996 when Bobby Labonte took the top spot. Only 17 of 77 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Past Pole Winners | Starting Positions of Dover Winners

Dover Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2008)
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Greg Biffle
1. Greg Biffle - 6.3
2. Greg Biffle
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Matt Kenseth - 7.0
3. Kyle Busch
3. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Ryan Newman - 8.3
4. Kurt Busch
4. Kyle Busch
4. Carl Edwards - 10.4
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Carl Edwards
5. Kurt Busch - 10.5
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle - 2651
1. Matt Kenseth - 222
1. Greg Biffle - 116.1
2. Matt Kenseth - 2577
2. Greg Biffle - 212
2. Matt Kenseth - 112.3
3. Ryan Newman - 2438
3. Carl Edwards - 183
3. Kyle Busch - 106.9
4. Kurt Busch - 2084
4. Jeff Burton - 169
4. Carl Edwards - 102.9
5. Mark Martin - 2063
5. Kurt Busch - 166
5. Jimmie Johnson - 101.5

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating : Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


RacingOne Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Carl Edwards
Pete Pistone: Tony Stewart
Rachael West: Kyle Busch
Kym Opalenik: Kyle Busch

Top 20 Driver Notes - Based on Current Standings

1. Carl Edwards: Edwards is coming off his fourth consecutive top five at Dover International Speedway after leading 64 laps en route to a second-place finish in June. Last year in this event, Edwards captured his first win at Dover. Edwards currently leads all drivers with an 8.2 finishing average at DIS. This weekend he will make his ninth start at the 1-mile track in the same car (chassis No. 570) that finished seventh at Michigan in June.

2. Jimmie Johnson: In his first two starts at Dover International Speedway in 2002, Johnson swept the season after leading a combined total of 358 laps. He captured his third win at the track in the 2005 fall race after leading 134 laps from the fifth starting position. In the 2006 June event, Johnson had an eventful weekend after multiple incidents that started with a spin in qualifying. In the race, he started 42nd and quickly found himself a lap down after a mid-race accident. In the end, Johnson was able to rally back to finish sixth. This past June, Johnson scored his eighth top 10 in 13 starts at Dover with a seventh-place finish. This weekend Johnson will race the same car (chassis No. 480) that finished fourth in May's All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

3. Greg Biffle: Biffle scored his only win at Dover International Speedway in the 2005 June race. In that event, he started second on points and led for the first time at Dover for a total of 150 laps. Since the victory, Biffle has finished 13th or better, including five consecutive top 10s. He qualified on the pole for the first time in June and led 164 laps en route to a third-place finish. Biffle, who also has two Nationwide Series wins at Dover, will be racing the same car (chassis No. RK-546) that finished 11th at Bristol last month.

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Earnhardt Jr. will be making his 18th appearance at Dover International Speedway. His 35th-place finish in June came in his first start at the track with Hendrick Motorsports. His previous starts came with Dale Earnhardt Inc, which included his only win at the track in September 2001. In addition to his win, Dale Jr. has four top fives and seven top 10s at the one-mile track. He has led in eight races for 366 laps. In the 2003 fall race, he started second - after rain cancelled qualifying - and then went on to lead 48 laps before posting his only Dover DNF. After qualifying fourth in the 2005 fall race, a loose wheel in the beginning of the race ruined Junior's chance of a good finish. This weekend Junior will be looking for his 15th top 10 of the season when he climbs back behind the wheel of the same car (chassis No. 443) that captured top fives at Atlanta and Darlington.

5. Jeff Burton: Burton scored his best finishes with Richard Childress Racing in eight races at Dover International Speedway in 2006 after finishing fourth in June and winning the fall race. The victory ended a 175 Sprint Cup race winless drought. In the last two races at DIS, Burton has scored two top 10s to give him an average finish of 6.9 with RCR at Dover. Prior to his Dover races with RCR, Burton captured eight top 10s with Roush Racing dating back to 1996. This weekend Burton will climb into the same car (chassis No. 246) that has posted an average finish of 6.7 in three starts this season.

6. Denny Hamlin: Last fall, Hamlin ended a streak of two consecutive top 10s after being involved in a lap 308 incident with Kyle Petty, which relegated him to a 38th-place finish. Hamlin's other finish outside the top 15 came in June when he suffered his only DNF at the track after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 16. Hamlin will make his sixth career start at DIS in the same car (chassis No. 208) that finished 24th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

7. Tony Stewart: Last fall, Stewart snapped a streak of five finishes of 15th or worse at Dover International Speedway with his ninth-place finish. In three of the last four races, including this past June, Stewart was taken out in accidents. In the 2006 June race, Stewart was credited with a 25th-place finish after Ricky Rudd relieved him under the first caution on lap 38. Stewart was unable to compete in the demanding race after he fractured his right scapula the weekend prior in Charlotte. Prior to 2005, Stewart posted two wins (both in 2000), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Stewart's average finish (10.6) is the eighth among all drivers, and he is fourth in laps led with 1,066.

8. Kyle Busch: Busch has finished in the top five in five of the seven races he has competed in at Dover International Speedway. His last result ended in a win, which came in his first start at the track with Joe Gibbs Racing. His overall finishing average, of 10.8, is hampered by and engine failure in the 2006 fall race when he was driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

9. Clint Bowyer: Bowyer is coming off his worst finish (36th) in five career starts at Dover International Speedway after the car suffered suspension problems. His best finish at the track is a pair of eighth-place finishes. This weekend Bowyer will be piloting the same car (chassis No. 192) that finished third at Bristol Motor Speedway in March and raced at Dover in June.

10. Kevin Harvick: In the 2006 June race, Harvick captured his best finish (third) at Dover International Speedway after a gas-only pit stop late in the race. The finish was his fifth top 10 at "The Monster Mile." Harvick's only other top-five finish came in the fall race in 2003 when he led 133 laps en route to a fourth-place finish. That event marked the only time Harvick has led in 15 starts at Dover. This weekend Harvick will look for his first top 10 at Dover since 2006 when he climbs behind the wheel of the same car (chassis No. 254) that finished fourth at Auto Club Speedway.

11. Jeff Gordon: Gordon will be making his 32nd start at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. With four wins at the track, he is tied with Mark Martin and Bill Elliott for the most wins among active drivers at the track. He last won on June 3, 2001 after leading 381 laps in the race. Gordon leads all active drivers with the most laps led at "The Monster Mile" with 2,201. Overall, Gordon has finished in the top five 14 times and has started on the pole three times. Since recording two DNFs in 2005, Gordon has gone on to post three top 10s, including a fifth-place run in June.

12. Matt Kenseth: Kenseth captured his first win at Dover International Speedway in the 2006 June race after leading 83 laps from the 19th starting position. Sunday will mark Kenseth's 20th start at the one-mile oval dating back to 1998 when he made his first Sprint Cup start after stepping in for Bill Elliott. Along with his victory, Kenseth has recorded 11 top-10 finishes and one pole, which was the first of his career. Kenseth, who finished fourth in June at DIS, will return in the same car (chassis RK-569) this weekend that finished 30th at Martinsville.

13. Kasey Kahne: Dover International Speedway is Kahne's worst track on the circuit less than 1.5 miles in length based on his 25.9 average finish. His average finish is hindered by four crashes and one mechanical problem. Kahne's lone top 10 came in the 2006 June race when he finished seventh.

14. David Ragan: Ragan has competed in four races at Dover International Speedway and has posted an average finish of 24.0. This weekend he will be racing the same car (chassis No. RK-477) that finished 14th at Indianapolis.

15. Martin Truex Jr: Dover International Speedway is Truex Jr's best track on the circuit based on his 9.6 average finish. His win in the 2007 June race marked the first of his Sprint Cup career. He won the event after leading 216 laps from the 26th starting position. In June, Truex captured his third top 10 with a sixth-place finish.

16. Brian Vickers: Vickers qualified for his three starts at Dover International Speedway with the Red Bull Racing Team. His best finish with the team came in June when he came home 16th. Vickers' previous six starts all came with Hendrick Motorsports where he posted one top 10 finish (sixth) in 2005.

17. Ryan Newman: Newman has put together a pretty impressive record in his 13 starts at Dover International Speedway. In the last 11 races, Newman has captured three wins and has led 807 laps. His last and eighth top 10 came in the 2007 June event when he led 135 laps en route to a second-place finish. Three of Newman's four Dover poles have come in the last six events. Newman's last win at Dover came in the 2004 fall race when he dominated the race leading 325 laps on his way to his only win in The Chase.

18. Kurt Busch: Busch has competed in five races with Penske Racing at Dover International Speedway, and his fouth-place run in this event in 2006 is his only top 10 with the team. Prior to 2006, Busch made 11 starts at DIS with Roush-Fenway Racing where he recorded three top 10s.

19. Jamie McMurray: Dover International Speedway is McMurray's second-best track on the circuit based on his 14.4 average finish. McMurray's last two finishes have resulted in top 10s, and his second-place run in 2006 (June) is his best to date. This weekend McMurray will be driving the same car (chassis No. RK-560) that finished 21st at Chicago.

20. Bobby Labonte: Labonte made his first Sprint Cup Series start at Dover International Speedway on June 2, 1991. Since then, Labonte has competed in 31 more races at "The Monster Mile" capturing one win (1999), three poles, 11 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The last time Labonte led a lap was in the June event back in 2003 when he led 34 circuits of a track total 143. His best finish in five track starts with Petty Enterprises came in the 2006 fall event when he came home seventh.

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