Driver Handicaps: Dover

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Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in wins (6) while Carl Edwards leads all drivers in average finish (7.6) at Dover. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To help you make your fantasy racing picks for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 400-lap event.

Who's HOT at Dover
• Matt Kenseth won in May for his sixth top five in the last seven races. 
• Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last five races.
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers in average finish (5.2) in the nine races with the COT. 
• Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in the last three races, including a win in the 2010 spring race.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin, who finished second in May, leads all drivers with 23 top fives.
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,231 laps led.
• 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 five starts at Dover with Stewart-Haas Racing.
• Jeff Burton has a 9.2 average finish in the nine races with the COT at Dover.
• Kevin Harvick is coming off his eighth top 10 at Dover. 
• Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have respective average finishes of 3.5 and 10.0 in the two races so far in the Chase.
• Martin Truex, who won the 2008 spring race, is coming off his first top 10 with Michael Waltrip Racing at Dover.
• Kurt Busch has finished in the top five in three of his last five starts at Dover.
• Denny Hamlin has posted an average finish of 9.7 in his last three starts at Dover.

Dover Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Mark Martin - 4
1. Ryan Newman - 9.4
Pole - 13 times
Jeff Gordon - 4
2. Jimmie Johnson - 10.3
Top Five - 50 times
Ryan Newman - 4
3. Kyle Busch - 10.9
Top 10 - 65 times
2. Bobby Labonte - 3
4. Jeff Gordon - 11.1
Top 15 - 73 times
Jimmie Johnson - 3
5. Mark Martin - 12.1
Worst - 37th, One Time
Past Pole Winners

* - Must be entered in the AAA 400.

*Best Average Finish at Dover 

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jimmie Johnson/Kyle Busch 
5.0 
Four Races
Matt Kenseth
6.2 
Six Races
Matt Kenseth
5.2
Eight Races
Carl Edwards
5.5 
10 Races
Carl Edwards
4.9 

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

Dover Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2011)  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Matt Kenseth - 7.9
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Greg Biffle
2. Jimmie Johnson - 8.0
3. Greg Biffle
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Greg Biffle - 9.2
4. Kurt Busch
4. Carl Edwards
4. Carl Edwards - 9.6
5. Kyle Busch
5. Mark Martin
5. Ryan Newman - 10.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth - 4402
1. Carl Edwards - 384
1. Jimmie Johnson - 117.4
2. Jimmie Johnson - 4371
2. Matt Kenseth - 379
2. Matt Kenseth - 110.0
3. Greg Biffle - 4272 
3. Greg Biffle - 370 
3. Greg Biffle - 106.9
4. Ryan Newman - 4008
4. Jeff Burton - 329
4. Carl Edwards - 104.9
5. Carl Edwards 3897
5. Kyle Busch - 326
5. Kyle Busch - 102.0

*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 AAA 400 pre-race Loop Data eBook

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Kyle Busch - 9.9
2. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch 
2. Kurt Busch - 12.1
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards
3. Jimmie Johnson - 12.1
4. Kurt Busch 
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Carl Edwards - 12.5
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Jeff Gordon - 12.6
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 6486
1. Kyle Busch - 1785
1. Kyle Busch - 107.4
2. Carl Edwards - 6119
2. Kurt Busch - 1687
2. Carl Edwards - 99.3
3. Jimmie Johnson - 5721
3. Clint Bowyer - 1580
3. Jimmie Johnson - 98.9
4. Jeff Gordon - 5514
4. Paul Menard - 1569
4. Jeff Gordon - 98.8
5. Ryan Newman - 5361 
5. R. Newman/D. Earnhardt Jr. - 1465
5. Kurt Busch - 96.9

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Carl Edwards
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Craig Moore: Kyle Busch
Steve Blevins: Greg Biffle
John Singler: Carl Edwards
Ricky Hamber: Jimmie Johnson

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

1. Tony Stewart: 14.0 average finish in five starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Has finished 21st or worse in last two starts; 19.0 average finish in the nine races with the COT; Swept the two races in 2000 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 564) that he most recently finished ninth with at Michigan International Speedway in August.

2. Kevin Harvick: Coming off eighth top 10 in 21 starts; 16.1 average finish and one lap led in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 353) that he won with at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and finished seventh with at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

3. Brad Keselowski: 17.7 average finish in three starts; Coming off best finish in 13th; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 748) that he finished ninth with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.

4. Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers with a 7.6 average finish; Has finished eighth or better in nine of the last 10 races; Winner of the 2007 fall race; First in average finish (5.2) and second in laps led (393) in the nine races with the COT; Fourth among all drivers with a 104.9 driver rating in the last 13 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 788) that he finished fourth at Chicagoland Speedway.

5. 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 17th in the spring; Seventh-best average finish (11.4) in the nine races with the COT.

6. Kyle Busch: Two-time winner; Has finished sixth or better in last three starts; Combined to post an average finish of 3.5 and 177 laps led in both races in 2010; Fourth in laps led (335) and ninth in average finish (14.6) in the nine races with the COT; Fifth among all drivers with a 102.0 driver rating in the last 13 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 308) that he won at Kentucky Speedway with in July.

7. Matt Kenseth: Coming off second win in 25 starts; Has finished in the top five in seven of the last nine races; Third in laps led (384) and Fourth in average finish (8.3) in the nine races with the COT; Second among all drivers with a 110.0 driver rating in the last 13 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 763) that he raced at Dover in May.

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr: 22.3 average finish in seven starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Scored seven top 10s and one win in previous 16 starts with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.; Led first lap in the nine races with the COT in May; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 657) that he last finished 16th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

9. Kurt Busch: Has finished in the top five in three of the last five races; Finished 14th in the spring; 19.1 average finish in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 758) that he led 38 laps and finished third with at Pocono Raceway at Pocono Raceway in August.

10. Jimmie Johnson: Defending event winner; Win was sixth in 19 starts; First in laps led (1,276) and second in average finish (7.7) in the nine races with the COT; Leads all drivers with a 117.4 driver rating in the last 13 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 669) that he last finished second with at Michigan International Speedway in August.

11. Ryan Newman: 12.0 average finish in five starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Three-time winner with Penske Racing, including a sweep in 2003; Has led 842 laps in 19 starts; Eighth-best average finish (13.0) in the nine races with the COT.

12. Denny Hamlin: 16th-place finish in May snapped streak of two consecutive top 10s; 20.9 average finish in 11 starts; Has yet to lead a lap in his last seven starts.

13. Clint Bowyer: Coming off fourth top 10 in 11 starts; 10th-best average finish (15.3) in the nine races with the COT; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 350) that he most recently finished eighth with at Michigan International Speedway in June.

14. Greg Biffle: Has finished 19th in last two starts; Finished eighth or better in nine of his previous 11 starts; Third in average finish (8.0) and fifth in laps led (240) in the nine races with the COT; Third among all drivers with a 106.9 driver rating in the last 13 races.

15. AJ Allmendinger: Finished 10th in this event last year for second top 10 in nine starts; 25.1 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 752) that he most recently finished 10th with at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

16. Mark Martin: Four-time winner in 50 starts; His 23 top-five finishes and 1,726 laps led are a personal best at any track; 8.2 average finish in five starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Finished second in May; Fifth-best average finish (8.8) in the nine races with the COT.

17. David Ragan: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in 10 starts; 24.0 average finish; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 744) that he finished 20th with at Bristol Motor Speedway.

18. Martin Truex Jr: Won the 2007 spring race with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. after leading 215 laps; Coming off first top 10 (eighth) in three starts with Michael Waltrip Racing.

19. Juan Pablo Montoya: Fourth-place finish in this event in 2009 is best in nine starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1003) that he finished 32nd with at Dover in May.

20. Kasey Kahne: Started fourth and finished 36th (engine) in first track start with Team Red Bull; Last of three top 10s in 14 starts came in both races in 2009.

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