RACE PREVIEW

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DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

GANDER OUTDOORS 400

October 7th 2:00PM NBCSN TV

1 mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

PLAYOFF RACE #4

Coming out of Charlotte and the very first race on the Roval it is hard to maintain that same level of excitement and trepidation of Charlotte, but the Monster Mile at Dover comes pretty close. It is comforting to be back on an oval even here where the banking is high and things can happen very quickly. The sight lines are amazing in Dover. Just about wherever you sit you have a great view of the track. There is never a dull moment at the Monster Mile and the drama surrounding the Playoffs only adds to it. We saw four drivers get eliminated at Charlotte  #48 Jimmie Johnson, #3 Austin Dillon, #11 Denny Hamlin and #20 Erik Jones. That just leaves us with a dozen drivers and just six teams represented down from seven. Twelve drivers now know that in three races another three will be eliminated. Wins are one sure way to lock in to the next round leaving you safe in the knowledge you are good all the way to Phoenix. Who does well here? Hendrick Motorsports has won nine races here in the past ten years (45%) including five of the last ten races. If you look at the Hendrick Motor Shop that is 11 wins in the last ten years (55%). Earlier in the year Kevin Harvick won here in a Stewart Haas Ford, the first Ford win since 2011. The defending champion of the race is #18 Kyle Busch who drove a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hendrick Motorsports have yet to get an oval win with any of their four drivers this year. Can HMS regain their dominance? We’ll find out Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 Drivers by track type for Sunday’s GANDER OUTDOORS 400 from Dover.

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