DOVER, Del. – The Chase for the Nextel Cup has moved on to Dover International Speedway. Here's a look at how the 12 drivers stand as they head into Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400.
1. Jimmie Johnson (points leader)
Average Dover finish: 11.7 (three wins)
Skinny: JJ blew the field away by nearly a full mile an hour to claim the pole. Looks like he's dialed in. Again.
2. Jeff Gordon (points leader; loses total victories tiebreaker to Johnson)
Average Dover finish: 12.4 (four wins)
Skinny: Surprisingly, Gordon hasn't won at The Monster Mile since 2001.
3. Tony Stewart (-10 points)
Average Dover finish: 10.7 (two wins)
Skinny: How ironic – Stewart and Gordon will start side by side … in Row 14.
4. Clint Bowyer (-15)
Average Dover finish: 11.0
Skinny: Has two top-10s in three starts at Dover, and is driving the same car he dominated with last weekend at New Hampshire.
5. Kyle Busch (-35)
Average Dover finish: 13.2
Skinny: Always seems to be near the front at Dover. It's only a matter of time before he wins here.
6. Martin Truex Jr. (-40)
Average Dover finish: 9.7 (one win)
Skinny: Raised eyebrows with his win here in May. But can he back it up?
7. Matt Kenseth (-54)
Average Dover finish: 14.2 (one win)
Skinny: Remember when Kenseth crashed coming onto Dover's tight pit road in 2004?
8. Carl Edwards (-63)
Average Dover finish: 10.5
Skinny: Dodged a bullet at New Hampshire in finishing 12th after wrecking his primary car earlier in the weekend.
9. Denny Hamlin (-82)
Average Dover finish: 8.0
Skinny: Though he's never won at Dover, he always finishes well here.
10. Kevin Harvick (-88)
Average Dover finish: 17.8
Skinny: Needs a good finish, now, after a sluggish race a week ago.
11. Jeff Burton (-91)
Average Dover finish: 17.3 (one win)
Skinny: Used a win here last year to propel him into title contention.
12. Kurt Busch (-102)
Average Dover finish: 20.1
Skinny: Bad luck at New Hampshire put him in a big hole. No more mulligans for Kurt.
- Dover International Speedway