Driver Handicaps: Dover

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

Who's HOT at Dover
• Greg Biffle has the best driver rating (114.7) over the last 10 races.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin leads all drivers with 22 top fives.
• Jimmie Johnson swept both races in 2009 and has led 653 laps with the COT.
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers with a 7.9 average finish.
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,231 laps led.
• Three-time winner Ryan Newman has the third-best average finish (10.3).
• Matt Kenseth has finished in the top five in his last four starts.
• Kurt Busch finished in the top five in both races in 2009.

Keep an Eye on at Dover
• Denny Hamlin, who finished 26th in this event last year after a cut tire sent him into the wall while running in second, has won three of the last six races in 2010.
• Jeff Burton has a 11.3 average finish in the six races with the COT at Dover.
• Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. each have a win with the new car at Dover.
• Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne each finished in the top 10 in both races at Dover last season.
• Juan Pablo Montoya is coming off his first top five at Dover with a fourth-place finish.
• Casey Mears, who will replace Brian Vickers this weekend, has a 12.8 average finish with the COT at Dover.

Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 4 poles
1. Ryan Newman - 8.2
Pole - 12 Times
1. Mark Martin - 4 poles
2. Jeff Gordon - 10.5
Top Five - 48 Times
1. Ryan Newman - 4 poles
3. Kurt Busch - 11.2
Top 10 - 63 Times
4. Bobby Labonte - 3 poles
4. Mark Martin - 11.4
Top 15 - 71 Times
5. Jimmie Johnson -2 poles
5. Jimmie Johnson - 11.8
Worst - 37th, One Time


*Best Average Finish at Dover Int'l Speedway
Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jimmie Johnson
1.0
Four Races
Matt Kenseth
3.2
Six Races
Carl Edwards
4.5
Eight Races
Greg Biffle
5.1
10 Races
Greg Biffle
5.5
* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Dover Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2009)
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Matt Kenseth
1. Greg Biffle
1. Greg Biffle - 6.9
2. Greg Biffle
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Matt Kenseth - 7.1
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Ryan Newman - 8.6
4. Joey Logano
4. Carl Edwards
4. Mark Martin - 9.5
5. Kurt Busch
5. Mark Martin
5. Jimmie Johnson - 9.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle - 3747
1. Matt Kenseth - 304
1. Greg Biffle - 114.7
2. Matt Kenseth - 3580
2. Greg Biffle - 294
2. Matt Kenseth - 112.6
3. Ryan Newman - 3567
3. Carl Edwards - 273
3. Jimmie Johnson - 112.3
4. Jimmie Johnson - 3206
4. Jeff Burton - 224
4. Carl Edwards - 103.7
5. Mark Martin - 3144
5. Mark Martin - 220
5. Mark Martin - 101.9

*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.


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Season Loop Data Leaders
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jeff Gordon - 8.5
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Jeff Burton
2. Jimmie Johnson - 9.0
3. Jeff Burton
3. Kevin Harvick
3. Kyle Busch - 10.0
4. Kyle Busch
4. Clint Bowyer
4. Jeff Burton - 11.3
5. Juan Pablo Montoya
5. Kurt Busch
5. Kurt Busch - 13.4
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jeff Gordon - 3193
1. Jeff Burton - 1056
1. Jeff Gordon - 109.7
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3161
2. Jimmie Johnson - 996
2. Jimmie Johnson - 108.1
3. Jeff Burton - 2913
3. Kyle Busch - 987
3. Kyle Busch - 100.7
4. Kyle Busch - 2800
4. Denny Hamlin - 886
4. Jeff Burton - 99.9
5. Juan Pablo Montoya - 2582
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 876
5. Kurt Busch - 95.8

*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.


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Top 30 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings

(All stats/notes are in regards to Dover Int'l Speedway unless noted)

1. Kevin Harvick: Last of six top 10s came in the 2008 fall race; Best finish came in this event in 2006 in third; 18.8 average finish in the six races with the COT; Has only led one lap in the last 12 races; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 288) that finished second at Auto Club Speedway earlier this season.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Coming off fifth win; Swept events in 2002 and 2009; Has led a total of 1,206 laps in 16 starts; 7.2 average finish in the six races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 558) that finished 12th at Atlanta in March.

3. Kyle Busch: Led 158 laps en route to victory in the spring of 2008; 24.5 average finish in four starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Suffered a front splitter issue in this event last year that resulted in 23rd-place finish; 20.0 average finish in the six races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 265) in the Autism Speaks 400.

4. Jeff Gordon: Four-time winner; Last won in 2001 after leading 381 laps from the second-starting position; Coming off 21st top 10 in 34 starts; Finished 26th in this event last year after being forced to a back up from a wreck in qualifying and an untimely pit during the race; Sixth-best average finish (11.3) in the six races with the COT.

5. Matt Kenseth: Won the 2006 Spring race after leading 83 laps; Coming off fourth consecutive top five; Fifth-best average finish (8.8) in the six races with the COT; Only finish outside the top 10 in his last eight starts was the result of engine failure after leading 192 laps in the 2007 fall race; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 621) that finished fifth at Bristol.

6. Denny Hamlin: Two top-10 finishes in eight starts, with a best fourth in the spring 2007 race; Last five results have been 22nd or worse; Finished 26th in this event last year after a cut tire sent him into the wall while running in second; 30.2 average finish in the six races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 259) that finished second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in 2009.

7. Greg Biffle: Two-time winner; Second-best track on the circuit based on his 10.8 average finish; Has finished eighth or better in eight of the last 10 races; Second-best average finish (4.7) in the six races with the COT; Will race the same car (chassis No. 608) that finished fourth at Bristol in March.

8. Kurt Busch: Coming off a pair of fifth-place finishes; Led 99 laps last fall; 22.5 average finish in the six races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 712) in the Autism Speaks 400.

9. Jeff Burton: 11.7 average finish in 11 starts with RCR; Win in the 2006 fall race is one of five top 10s with the team; Scored eight top 10s in previous starts with Roush Racing; Has yet to lead a lap in six starts with the COT; Will be back in the same car (chassis No. 302) that finished 12th last month at Texas Motor Speedway.

10. Mark Martin: Four-time winner in 47 starts; His 22 top-five finishes and 1,720 laps led are a personal best at any track; Finished 10th and second in first two track starts with Hendrick in 2009; Fourth-best average finish (8.3) in the six races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 527) in the Autism Speaks 400.

11. Carl Edwards: One victory and five top fives in 10 starts; 2007 victory is in the middle of a streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes; Has never finished worse than 18th (track debut, 2004); Leads all drivers with a 4.5 average finish in six starts with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 596) that finished sixth at Bristol in March.

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 22.8 average finish in four starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Scored seven top 10s and one win in previous 16 starts with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.; Has yet to lead a lap in the six races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 578) that finished seventh at Bristol in March.

13. Martin Truex Jr.: Site of first career Cup Series victory (Spring, 2007); Led 216 of the race's 400 laps; Only top five at the track in seven starts; Coming off worst finish in 33rd; Will make track debut with Michael Waltrip Racing.

14. Ryan Newman: Finished eighth and 10th in first two starts with Stewart-Haas in 2009; ; Three-time winner with Penske Racing, including a sweep in 2003; Has led 842 laps in 16 starts, including 325 en route to victory in the 2004 fall race; 12.5 average finish in the six races with the COT.

15. Clint Bowyer: Three top-10 finishes of eighth are best track results in eight starts; 14.4 average finish with four laps led; Piloting brand-new chassis No. 298 in Autism Speaks 400.

16. Jamie McMurray: Best track-finish of second came with Jack Roush in this event in 2006 after leading 95 laps; Five top-10 finishes in 14 starts with an average finish of 16.9; Bringing chassis No. 905 this weekend; Car was last raced to a 29th-place finish at Atlanta after suffering an on-track incident while running in the top five.

17. Juan Pablo Montoya: Coming off track-best finish of fourth in fall event last year from the second starting position; That result was second top 10 in six starts; 21.0 average finish; Piloting chassis No. 903 for fourth career race; This car last finished 26th at Bristol this year, and finished sixth and 10th last year at Michigan in June and Chicago in July.

18. Tony Stewart: Swept the two races in 2000 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing; Finished second and ninth in first two races with own team in 2009; 11.5 average finish in 22 starts, with 10 top fives and 14 top 10s; Has led 1072 laps; Bringing chassis No. 14-530 that he drove to runner-up finish at Bristol this year.

19. Joey Logano: Walked away from scary accident last fall that resulted in 42nd-place finish; Finished 15th in only other start at track; Piloting chassis No. 247 for first start in 2010; This car was raced four times in 2009.

20. Brian Vickers: Will not race due to undisclosed illness; Being replaced by Casey Mears in the No. 83.

21. David Ragan: 23.1 average finish in seven starts; Track-best finish of 14th came in this event in 2007; Piloting chassis RK-626 which was last raced at Phoenix in fall of 2009 to 19th-place finish as the No. 26.

22. Kasey Kahne: Posted two of his three total top-10 finishes in 2009; Best track finish of sixth in this event last year; 22.8 average finish in 12 starts; Has crashed out of four races.

23. Paul Menard: 23.0 average finish in five starts; Coming off track-best 19th-place finish in last year's fall race driving a Ford with Yates Racing; Tested Tuesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Ga. in preparation for race; Bringing brand-new chassis No. 560 to track.

24. David Reutimann: Won the pole for this event last year and led 25 laps en route to 18th-place finish; Track best finish of 17th came in fall event in 2008; 20.2 average finish in five starts.

25. Brad Keselowski: Making first Cup start at the track; Will pilot chassis PRS-713 during Autism Speaks 400; This car was raced to a 21st-place finish at Auto Club Speedway earlier this season.

26. Scott Speed: 31.0 average finish in two starts; Finished 25th last fall in only race where he's been running at the finish.

27. AJ Allmendinger: Coming off his best track finish of seventh in fall race last year; 27.5 average finish in six starts; Piloting same chassis (No. 288) that finished 17th at Bristol this year.

28. Marcos Ambrose: 22.0 average finish in three starts; Coming off best finish of 14th in last fall's event.

29. Elliott Sadler: Yet to score a top-five finish in 22 starts; Last of three top 10s (sixth) came driving a Ford in 2005 fall race with Yates Racing; Bringing a brand-new chassis (No. 652) for the Autism Speaks 400.

30. Sam Hornish Jr.: Finished track best 13th in this event last year; 24.8 average finish in four starts.

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