RACE PREVIEW

DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

DRYDENE 400

October 6th 2:30PM NBC TV

1 mile, 24 Degrees of Banking

PLAYOFF RACE #4

Stage end after laps 120/240/400

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  #10 Aric Almirola, #6 Ryan Newman, #1 Kurt Busch and #20 Erik Jones. That just leaves us with a dozen drivers and just five teams represented down from six. 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 six in the last six years. If you look at the Hendrick Motor Shop that is 11 wins in the last ten years (55%). Earlier in the year Martin Truex Jr. won here in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the fifrth Toyota win in ten years. The defending champion of the race is #9 Chase Elliott driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Chase had a big win on the Roval it will be fun to see him defend his win here last year on the Monster Oval. Can HMS maitain their dominance? We’ll find out Sunday.

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

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