Driver Handicaps: Dover

Dover Driver Handicaps

Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson won at Dover International Speedway last season. (Photo: Getty Images)

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

Who's HOT at Dover
• Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last four races.
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers in average finish (5.0) in the eight races with the COT.
• Jeff Burton finished second in both events in 2010. 
• Matt Kenseth has finished fourth or better in five of the last six races.
• Kyle Busch led 131 laps en route to the win in this event last year.
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,231 laps led.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin leads all drivers with 22 top-fives.
• Greg Biffle is second in average finish (6.6) in the past 10 races.

Keep an Eye on at Dover
• Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman each have finished in the top 10 in three of their four starts at Dover with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin each finished in the top 10 in both races in 2010.
• Kurt Busch has finished in the top five in three of his last four starts at Dover. 
• Kasey Kahne will be shooting for his third consecutive top five of the season this weekend at Dover.
• Clint Bowyer has finished ninth or better in five of his last six starts of the season.
• AJ Allmendinger led 143 laps last fall at Dover en route to a 10th-place finish.
• Martin Truex Jr., winner of the 2007 spring race, won the pole for this event last year and finished 12th.

Dover Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Mark Martin - 4
1. Ryan Newman - 8.3
Pole - 13 times
Ryan Newman - 4
2. Jeff Gordon - 10.8
Top Five - 50 times
Jeff Gordon - 4
3. Jimmie Johnson - 10.8
Top 10 - 65 times
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3
4. Kurt Busch - 11.1
Top 15 - 73 times
Bobby Labonte - 3
5. Mark Martin - 11.9
Worst - 37th, one time 

* - Must be entered in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.

*Best Average Finish at Dover 

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jeff Burton    
2.0
Four Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.8
Six Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.2
Eight Races
Carl Edwards
5.0
10 Races
Carl Edwards
5.7

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Dover Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2010)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Greg Biffle - 7.9
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Greg Biffle
2. Matt Kenseth - 8.0
3. Greg Biffle 
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Jimmie Johnson - 8.5
4. Kurt Busch
4. Carl Edwards
4. Ryan Newman - 9.6
5. Kyle Busch
5. Mark Martin
5. Carl Edwards - 10.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle - 4231
1. Greg Biffle - 364
1. Jimmie Johnson - 116.3
2. Matt Kenseth - 4028
2. Carl Edwards - 353
2. Greg Biffle - 110.1
3. Ryan Newman - 4007
3. Matt Kenseth - 341
3. Matt Kenseth - 109.3
4. Jimmie Johnson - 3971
4. Jeff Gordon - 298
4. Carl Edwards - 103.1
5. Mark Martin - 3551
5. Jeff Burton - 289
5. Kyle Busch - 102.8

*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.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Dover view the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks pre-race ebook.

Season Loop Data Leaders 
*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch - 9.0
2. Clint Bowyer
2. Carl Edwards 
2. Clint Bowyer - 11.4 
3. Carl Edwards 
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Ryan Newman - 11.4
4. Martin Truex Jr. 
4. Denny Hamlin
4. Carl Edwards - 11.9
5. Ryan Newman
5. Tony Stewart
5. Tony Stewart - 13.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 2782
1. Clint Bowyer - 909
1. Kyle Busch - 115.0
2. Ryan Newman - 2505
2. Kurt Busch - 881
2. Carl Edwards - 100.5 
3. Carl Edwards - 2396
3. Paul Menard - 868
3. Clint Bowyer - 97.0
4. Clint Bowyer - 2225
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 772
4. Jimmie Johnson - 94.4
5. Jimmie Johnson - 2151
5. Kyle Busch - 760
5. Ryan Newman - 93.4


*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Matt Kenseth
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Craig Moore: Martin Truex Jr.
Steve Blevins: Carl Edwards
John Singler: Kyle Busch

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Dover unless noted)

1. Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers with in overall average finish (7.7) and average finish (5.0) in the eight races with the COT; One win (2007 fall) and nine top-10s in 13 starts; Fourth-best driver rating in the last 12 races; Finished eighth in this event last year; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 739) that he finished sixth with at Auto Club Speedway in March.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Coming off sixth win in 18 starts; Leads all drivers by far with 1,069 laps led in the eight races with the COT; Best average finish (5.2) in the last six races; Best driver rating in the past 12 races; Swept events in 2002 and 2009; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 650) that he finished eighth with at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

3. Kyle Busch: Defending race winner; Win was second in 12 starts; Combined to post an average finish of 3.5 and 177 laps led in both races last season; 17.5 average finish in six starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Posted four top-fives in previous six starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Fifth-best driver rating in the past 12 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 286) that he finished 38th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March after a blown engine took him out of the race.

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr: 24.0 average finish in six 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 eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 649) that he finished 12th with at Auto Club Speedway in March.

5. Kevin Harvick: Seventh-place finish in this event last year was seventh top 10 in 20 starts; 16.9 average finish and one lap led in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 299) that he went to Victory Lane with at Auto Club Speedway in March.

6. Ryan Newman: 9.8 average finish in four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Three-time winner with Penske Racing, including a sweep in 2003; Has led 842 laps in 18 starts, including 325 en route to victory in the 2004 fall race; Eighth-best average finish (12.0) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 516) that he finished 10th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

7. Tony Stewart: 10.3 average finish in four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Swept the two races in 2000 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing; 17.8 average finish and six laps led in the eight races with the COT. Will return in the same car (chassis No. 530) that he last finished 19th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

8. Kurt Busch: Has finished in the top five in three of the last four races; Finished 19th in this event last year; 19.8 average finish in the eight races with the COT; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 738) in the FedEx 400.

9. Clint Bowyer: Three top-10 finishes of eighth are best track results in 10 starts; Last top 10 came in the 2008 fall race; Finished 17th in this event last year after a pit road penalty for leaving his stall with the jack underneath the No. 33 Chevrolet; 16.5 average finish in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 310) that he finished 35th with at Bristol Motor Speedway after suffering engine failure from damage to the grill.

10. Matt Kenseth: Won the 2006 spring race after leading 83 laps; 18th-place finish last fall ended streak of five consecutive top fives; Fifth-best average finish (9.2) and 351 laps led in the eight races with the COT; Third-best driver rating in the past 12 races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 763) in the FedEx 400.

11. AJ Allmendinger: 23.6 average finish in the eight races with the COT; Led 143 laps last fall en route to his second top 10; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 710) that he finished 31st with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

12. Greg Biffle: Two-time winner; Third-best track on the circuit based on his 11.0 average finish; Has finished eighth or better in eight of the last 10 races; Second-best average finish (6.6) in the eight races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 740) that he finished 21st with at Martinsville Speedway in April.

13. Juan Pablo Montoya: 21.9 average finish and three laps led in eight starts; Last of two top-10s came in the 2009 fall race in fourth; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1003) that he most recently finished 24th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

14. Mark Martin: Four-time winner in 49 starts; His 22 top-five finishes and 1,720 laps led are a personal best at any track; 9.8 average finish in four starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Sixth-best average finish (9.6) in the eight races with the COT; Sixth-best driver rating in the last 12 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 625) that he finished 12th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

15. Kasey Kahne: 20.2 average finish in the eight races with the COT; Last of three top-10s in 14 starts came in both races in 2009; Will make first track start with Team Red Bull.

16. Denny Hamlin: Finished in the top 10 in both races in 2010; Fourth-place finish in this event last year ended a streak of five finishes of 22nd or worse; Four top-10s and 61 laps led in 10 starts; 24.2 average finish in the eight races with the COT.

17. Jeff Gordon: Four-time winner; Last won in 2001 after leading 381 laps from the second-starting position; Last of 21 top-10s came in the 2009 fall race; Finished 11th in both races in 2010; Seventh-best average finish (10.8) in the eight races with the COT; Ninth-best driver rating in the past 12 races.

18. Paul Menard: Coming off first top 10 in seventh; 20.4 average finish and no laps led in seven starts; Will make first track start with Richard Childress Racing in the same car (chassis No. 347) that he finished 16th with at Auto Club Speedway in March.

19. David Ragan: 23.6 average finish and no laps led in nine starts; Best finish came in this event in 2007 in 14th; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 759) in the FedEx 400.

20. Martin Truex Jr: Won this event in 2007 with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. after leading 215 laps; Won the pole and finished 12th in this event last year; 23.0 average finish in two starts with Michael Waltrip Racing.

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