Driver Handicaps: Dover

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson has posted seven wins and has led 2,275 laps at Dover. (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 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Who's HOT at Dover
• Jimmie Johnson is coming off his seventh win in 21 starts.
• Matt Kenseth has finished in the top five in eight of the last nine races, including a win in the 2011 spring race. 
• Carl Edwards leads all drivers with multiple starts with an 8.5 average finish.
• Kyle Busch has finished sixth or better in four of the last five races, including a win in the 2010 spring race. 
• Four-time winner Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 2,291 laps led.
• Four-time winner Mark Martin leads all drivers with 23 top fives.

Keep an Eye On at Dover
• Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose each have finished in the top 10 in their last three starts at Dover.
• Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle have each posted 10.4 average finishes in the last 10 races at Dover.
• Denny Hamlin, who hasn't had much luck at Dover in his career, is the latest Sprint Cup winner on a concrete track - Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
• Aric Almirola finished sixth in his first Dover Sprint Cup start in June.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in June for first top 10 in the last nine races at Dover.
• Ryan Newman will be driving a car that he's finished seventh or better with in four starts this season.
• Martin Truex Jr., who won the 2007 spring race, is coming off his second top 10 with Michael Waltrip Racing at Dover.
• Brad Keselowski, who finished 12th at Dover in the spring, has finished seventh or better in the last four races of the season.
• Kasey Kahne finished ninth in June at Dover in first track start with Hendrick Motorsports.
• 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 this event last year.

Dover Qualifying Facts

*Active Pole Leaders
*Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Mark Martin - 5
1. Ryan Newman - 9.6
Pole - 13 times
2. Ryan Newman - 4
2. Jimmie Johnson - 9.7
Top Five - 52 times
3. Jeff Gordon - 4
3. Kurt Busch - 10.4
Top 10 - 67 times
4. Bobby Labonte - 3 4. Jeff Gordon - 11.7
Top 15 - 75 times
5. Jimmie Johnson - 3 5. Greg Biffle - 12.0
Worst - 37th, one time

* - Must be entered in the AAA 400.

*Best Average Finish at Dover

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Jimmie Johnson
1.5
Four Races
Jimmie Johnson
3.2
Six Races
Jimmie Johnson
5.0
Eight Races
Jimmie Johnson
4.5
10 Races
Jimmie Johnson
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 (2005-2012)

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7.2
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Matt Kenseth
2. Matt Kenseth - 7.7
3. Greg Biffle
3. Greg Biffle
3. Greg Biffle - 9.7
4. Kyle Busch
4. Carl Edwards
4. Carl Edwards - 10.1
5. Kurt Busch
5. Kyle Busch
5. Aric Almirola - 10.6
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 5170
1. Greg Biffle - 445
1. Jimmie Johnson - 120.6
2. Matt Kenseth - 5146 
2. Matt Kenseth - 439
2. Matt Kenseth - 110.5
3. Greg Biffle - 4902
3. Carl Edwards - 429
3. Carl Edwards - 104.8
4. Mark Martin - 4459 
4. Jeff Gordon - 408
4. Greg Biffle - 104.2
5. Carl Edwards - 4382
5. Jeff Burton - 383
5. Kyle Busch - 101.6

*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, view the AAA 400 Pre-Race eBook (pdf).

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 9.1
2. Denny Hamlin
2. Jeff Gordon
2. Greg Biffle - 9.3
3. Kyle Busch
3. Kasey Kahne
3. Matt Kenseth - 9.5
4. Mark Martin
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.1
5. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Denny Hamlin
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 10.7
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 6607
1. Brad Keselowski - 1584
1. Jimmie Johnson - 109.6
2. Matt Kenseth - 6554
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 1522
2. Denny Hamlin - 103.1
3. Martin Truex Jr. - 6331
3. Kyle Busch - 1501
3. Matt Kenseth - 101.2
4. Greg Biffle - 6246
4. Matt Kenseth - 1355
4. Greg Biffle - 101.1 
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 6033
5. Greg Biffle - 1353
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 98.6

*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.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Jimmie Johnson
Pete Pistone: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ricky Hamber: Matt Kenseth
John Singler: Jeff Gordon

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

Jimmie Johnson: Coming off seventh win in 21 starts; Has finished ninth or better in eight of his last nine starts; 2,275 laps led; Second-best average finish (9.7) among all drivers with multiple starts; Leads all drivers with a 5.8 average finish in the last five races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 728) that he last led 172 laps and finished second with at Chicagoland; This is also the same car he won with at Dover in the 2011 June race.

Brad Keselowski: 17.0 average finish in five starts; Coming off best finish in 12th; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 813) that he finished fourth with at Pocono Raceway last month.

Denny Hamlin: Last of four top 10s came in this event in 2010, in ninth; 20.5 average finish in 13 starts; Latest Sprint Cup winner on a concrete track - Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

Tony Stewart: Has finished 21st or worse in last four starts; Last of 15 top 10s came in the 2010 spring race, in ninth; 13.4 average finish in 27 starts; Crew chief Steve Addington won this event last year with Kurt Busch; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 708) that he finished 25th and 27th, respectively, with at Dover and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kasey Kahne: Finished ninth in June in first track start with Hendrick Motorsports; Finish was second consecutive top 10; 21.8 average finish in 17 starts.

Clint Bowyer: Finished fifth in June in first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing; Finish was third consecutive top 10; 12.2 average finish in last five starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 733) that he last finished eighth with at Pocono Raceway last month.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Finished fourth in June for first top 10 in the last nine races; 17.5 average finish in 25 starts; Won this event in 2001; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 745) that he finished 12th with at Bristol Motor Speedway last month.

Kevin Harvick: Finished second in June for third top five; Finish was third consecutive top 10 and 10th overall in 23 starts; Third-best average finish (8.8) in the last five races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 838) he raced at Dover in June; The last start for the chassis came at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where he finished 15th.

Greg Biffle: Scored second win in this event in 2008; Last of 10 top 10s came in the 2010 spring race; 12.2 average finish in 20 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 809) that he finished fourth with at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Martin Truex Jr: Winner of the 2007 spring race; 18.2 average finish in five starts with Michael Waltrip Racing; Finished seventh in the spring.

Matt Kenseth: Recorded second win in the 2011 spring race; Has finished in the top five in eight of his last nine starts; Second-best average finish (6.0) in the last five races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 802) that he ran at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jeff Gordon: Last of four wins came in the 2001 spring race; Leads all drivers with 2,291 laps led; Last of 21 top 10s came in this event in 2009, in sixth; 12.3 average finish in 39 starts.

Kyle Busch: Winner of the 2008 and 2010 spring races; Engine issues this spring snapped a streak of four consecutive finishes of sixth or better; Fourth-best average finish in the last five races.

Ryan Newman: 14.0 average finish in seven starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; Last of 11 top 10s came in this event in 2010, in eighth; Last of three wins came in this event in 2004 with Penske Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 733) that he last finished fifth with at Chicagoland Speedway; Has finished seventh or better in four starts with this car in 2012.

Carl Edwards: Leads all drivers with multiple starts with an 8.5 average finish; 9.8 average finish in last five starts; 26th-place finish in the spring snapped streak of four consecutive finishes of eighth or better; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 820) that he finished 29th with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Paul Menard: 19.0 average finish in three starts with Richard Childress Racing; Only top 10 (seventh) in 10 starts came in this event in 2010 with Richard Petty Motorsports; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 379) that he last finished 11th at Pocono Raceway with in August.

Marcos Ambrose: Finished 10th in the spring for third consecutive top 10; 18.0 average finish in eight starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 743) that he ran at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this season.

Joey Logano: Coming off third top 10 in seven starts; 19.1 average finish.

Jeff Burton: Winner of this event in 2006; Finished second in both races in 2010; 9.6 average finish in last five starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 392) he raced in June at Dover and at Kentucky Speedway where he finished 24th.

Jamie McMurray: Last of five top 10s came in the 2008 spring race, in 10th; 17.6 average finish in 19 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1109) that he finished 24th with at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Dover Driver Stats
Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish Driver Rating
Aric Almirola 1 12.0 6.0 94.8
Bobby Labonte 40 16.8 18.1 59.9
Brad Keselowski 5 18.2 17.0 76.1
Carl Edwards 16 15.0 8.5 104.8
Casey Mears 19 29.3 22.7 64.1
Clint Bowyer 13 18.8 13.5 89.7
D. Earnhardt Jr. 25 14.8 17.5 77.6
Dave Blaney 22 31.1 28.1 51.8
David Gilliland 12 29.0 28.5 48.4
David Ragan 12 25.7 23.5 58.9
David Stremme 10 30.4 33.7 45.6
Denny Hamlin 13 14.8 20.5 78.6
Greg Biffle 20 12.0 12.2 104.2
J.J. Yeley 11 32.7 34.4 46.4
Jamie McMurray 19 16.6 17.6 78.1
Jason Leffler 3 37.0 19.3 52.4
Jeff Burton 37 24.5 15.4 89.1
Jeff Gordon 39 11.7 12.3 91.1
Jimmie Johnson 21 9.7 8.9 120.6
Joe Nemechek 36 22.6 27.4 43.2
Joey Logano 7 16.9 19.1 73.8
Josh Wise 1 26.0 37.0 39.5
Juan Montoya 11 18.2 23.4 70.4
Kasey Kahne 17 12.8 21.8 78.2
Kevin Harvick 23 20.6 16.0 82.0
Kurt Busch 24 10.4 18.2 95.4
Kyle Busch 15 12.9 14.3 101.6
Landon Cassill 4 30.8 34.3 41.5
Marcos Ambrose 8 22.0 18.0 76.3
Mark Martin 52 12.0 12.5 96.9
Martin Truex Jr. 13 15.3 16.4 88.5
Matt Kenseth 27 16.3 11.8 110.5
M. McDowell 8 35.5 37.9 34.2
Mike Bliss 11 33.8 34.8 39.3
Paul Menard 10 20.6 20.0 64.9
Reed Sorenson 11 27.8 25.5 58.8
Regan Smith 9 25.4 26.7 54.8
Ryan Newman 21 9.6 11.7 90.4
Sam Hornish Jr. 6 15.5 28.2 60.1
Scott Riggs 11 20.7 25.7 59.2
Scott Speed 6 27.5 33.7 39.7
Tony Stewart 27 20.4 13.4 68.6
Travis Kvapil 11 28.5 27.2 48.0
Dover Green Flag Passes

Number of passes a driver had under green conditions in the last 15 races at Dover.

Rank Driver Green Flag Passes
1 Jeff Burton 715
2 Jamie McMurray 700
3 Kevin Harvick 646
4 Greg Biffle 643
4 Jeff Gordon 643
6 Matt Kenseth 617
7 Kasey Kahne 611
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 601
9 Mark Martin 596
9 Tony Stewart 596
11 Carl Edwards 589
12 Casey Mears 580
13 Kurt Busch 577
14 Clint Bowyer 560
15 Ryan Newman 558
16 Kyle Busch 551
17 Denny Hamlin 535
18 Bobby Labonte 526
19 Brian Vickers 511
20 Martin Truex Jr. 502
21 Paul Menard 500
22 A J Allmendinger 497
23 Jimmie Johnson 475
24 David Gilliland 472
25 David Ragan 462
26 David Reutimann 432
27 Marcos Ambrose 431
28 Reed Sorenson 421
29 Juan Pablo Montoya 417
30 Michael Waltrip 405
31 Robby Gordon 378
32 Regan Smith 368
33 Joey Logano 355
34 Dave Blaney 354
35 Elliott Sadler 334
36 Travis Kvapil 309
37 Brad Keselowski 299
38 David Stremme 291
39 Tony Raines 282
40 J.J. Yeley 274
41 Scott Riggs 261
42 Joe Nemechek 241
43 Jeff Green 215
44 Sam Hornish Jr. 184
45 Ken Schrader 173
46 Mike Bliss 156
47 Scott Speed 122
48 Michael McDowell 105
49 Landon Cassill 79
50 Kenny Wallace 51
51 Aric Almirola 47
52 Mike Wallace 42
53 Bill Elliott 39
54 Jason Leffler 30
55 Josh Wise 13
56 Stephen Leicht 11
57 Mike Skinner 10
58 Hermie Sadler 8

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