Driver Handicaps: Dover

Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers in the last 10 Dover races with respective average finishes of 5.0 and 7.1. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway .

Who's HOT at Dover
• Matt Kenseth has finished in the top five in seven of the last eight races, including a win in this event last year.
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers with a 7.3 average finish.
• Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last six races. 
• Kyle Busch has finished sixth or better in the last four races, including a win in the 2010 spring race.
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,231 laps led.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin leads all drivers with 23 top fives, including a runner-up in this event last year.

Keep an Eye On at Dover 
• Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose and Kevin Harvick each finished in the top 10 in both races at Dover last season.
• Greg Biffle has led 240 laps and posted an average finish of 9.9 in the last 10 races at Dover.
• Jeff Burton has a 6.5 average finish in his last four starts at Dover.
• Kasey Kahne (5.2), Denny Hamlin (6.4), Brad Keselowski (8.2) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.2) each have posted average finishes of 10.0 or better in the last five races of the season.
• Tony Stewart will look to turn around his recent string of bad finishes at Dover with the same crew chief, Steve Addington, that helped lead Kurt Busch to victory in last year's fall race.
• Martin Truex Jr., who won the 2007 Dover spring race, finished eighth in this event last year for his first top 10 at the track with Michael Waltrip Racing.
• Three-time Dover winner Ryan Newman has finished in the top 10 in three of his six track starts with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Dover Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 4
1. Ryan Newman - 9.9
Pole - 13 times
Ryan Newman - 4
2. Jimmie Johnson - 10.0
Top Five - 51 times
Mark Martin - 4
3. Kurt Busch - 10.5
Top 10 - 66 times
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3 4. Jeff Gordon - 11.7
Top 15  - 74 times
Bobby Labonte - 3 5. Greg Biffle/Mark Martin - 12.2
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
Matt Kenseth
3.0
Four Races
Kyle Busch
4.2
Six Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.0
Eight Races
Matt Kenseth
5.0
10 Races
Carl Edwards
5.0

* - 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. Jimmie Johnson - 7.7
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Greg Biffle
2. Matt Kenseth - 7.9
3. Greg Biffle
3. Carl Edwards
3. Greg Biffle - 9.4
4. Kurt Busch
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Carl Edwards - 9.4
5. Kyle Busch
5. Jeff Burton
5. Mark Martin - 11.0
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 4770
1. Matt Kenseth - 424
1. Jimmie Johnson - 118.6
2. Matt Kenseth - 4746
2. Greg Biffle - 416
2. Matt Kenseth - 110.0
3. Greg Biffle - 4562
3. Carl Edwards - 412
3. Carl Edwards - 106.5
4. Carl Edwards - 4230
4. Kyle Busch - 365
4. Greg Biffle - 105.4
5. Kyle Busch - 4208
5. Jeff Gordon - 362
5. Kyle Busch - 102.6

*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 International Speedway 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. Jimmie Johnson
1. Kasey Kahne
1. Greg Biffle - 7.8
2. Kyle Busch
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth - 8.8
3. Greg Biffle
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Denny Hamlin - 9.4
4. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 10.3
5. Kasey Kahne/Mark Martin
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Martin Truex Jr. - 10.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth - 3323
1. Brad Keselowski - 1001
1. Greg Biffle - 108.7
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3265
2. Kyle Busch - 906
2. Jimmie Johnson - 105.6
3. Martin Truex Jr. - 3181
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 834
3. Denny Hamlin - 103.1
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3179
4. Greg Biffle - 772
4. Matt Kenseth - 103.0 
5. Greg Biffle - 3177
5. Tony Stewart - 755
5. Kyle Busch - 98.2

*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: Martin Truex Jr.
Pete Pistone: Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Hamber: Tony Stewart
John Singler: Ryan Newman

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

Greg Biffle: Last of two wins came in the 2008 fall race; 12.3 average finish in 19 starts; Last of 10 top 10s came in this event in 2010; Has led a total of 463 laps, but none in the last five races; Fourth-best driver rating in the last 14 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 807) that he finished 13th with at Martinsville Speedway.

Matt Kenseth: Defending race winner; Win was second in 26 starts; Has finished in the top five in seven of his last eight starts; Second-best driver rating in the last 14 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 802) that he finished 11th with at Richmond International Raceway.

Denny Hamlin: Finished in the top 10 in both races in 2010; Posted a 17.0 average finish in both races last year; 20.7 average finish in 12 starts; Has yet to lead a lap in last eight starts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Has yet to finish in the top 10 in eight starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Scored seven top 10s, including one win in previous 16 starts with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 617) that he finished 19th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway last fall.

Jimmie Johnson: Last of six wins came in the 2010 fall race; Has finished ninth or better in seven of the last eight races; Has combined to lead 1,430 laps in last seven races; Best driver rating in the last 14 races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 728) in the FedEx 400.

Martin Truex Jr: Has started from the pole in two of his last four starts; 21.0 average finish in four starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Participated in the April Dover Goodyear tire test; Won this race in 2007 with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Kevin Harvick: Finished 10th in both races last season; Has finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven races; 16.6 average finish in 22 starts; Participated in the April Dover Goodyear tire test; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 383) that he finished second with at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

Kyle Busch: Two-time winner of the spring race (2008 and 2010); Has finished sixth or better in the last four races; Fifth-best driver rating in the last 14 races.

Tony Stewart: 15.8 average finish in six starts with Stewart Haas Racing; Last of 15 top 10s (ninth) came in this event in 2010; Swept both races in 2000 with Joe Gibbs Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 708) that he finished third with at Darlington Raceway.

Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers with a 7.3 average finish; Winner of the 2007 fall race; Has finished eighth or better in 10 of the last 11 races; Third-best driver rating in the last 14 races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 814) that he finished ninth with at Kansas Speedway.

Brad Keselowski: 18.2 average finish in four starts; Best finish came in this event last year in 13th; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 816) that he finished 18th with at Auto Club Speedway in March.

Clint Bowyer: Finished in the top 10 in both races last season; 14.2 average finish in 12 starts; Will make first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing in the same car (chassis No. 724) that he finished fourth with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Ryan Newman: Last of 11 top 10s came in the 2010 fall race in eighth; 13.8 average finish in six starts with Stewart Haas Racing; Three-time winner with Penske Racing; Participated in the April Dover Goodyear tire test; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 655) that he finished 12th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Paul Menard: 20.0 average finish in two starts with Richard Childress Racing; Lone top 10 in nine starts came with Richard Petty Motorsports in the 2010 fall race; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 386) that he finished 19th with at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

Kasey Kahne: Coming off first top five in 16 starts in fourth; 22.6 average finish; Will make first track start with Hendrick Motorsports in the same car (chassis No. 717) that he finished eighth with at Kansas Speedway in April.

Joey Logano: 21.0 average finish in six starts; Finished in the top 10 in both races in 2010.

Jeff Burton: Finished second in both races in 2010; 6.5 average finish in last four starts; Winner of the 2006 fall race; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 393) in the FedEx 400.

Juan Pablo Montoya: 22.9 average finish in 10 starts; Last of two top 10s came in the 2009 fall race in fourth; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1111) that he finished eighth (only top 10 of season) with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Aric Almirola: Will make first Sprint Cup track start in the same car (chassis No. 710) that he finished 19th with at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Marcos Ambrose: Finished in the top 10 in both races last season; Has yet to lead a lap in seven starts; Participated in the April Dover Goodyear tire test; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 754) that he finished 15th with at Martinsville Speedway.

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