The Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware, is up next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. It's the only one-mile all-concrete track in the series with its own unique pitfalls including high banks, essentially narrow straightaways and an occasional slick surface.
They don't call it the Monster Mile for nothing as it eats up cars with regular wreckfests. If a driver can stay clear of becoming 'the' caution, they will have survived for another day and maybe even win the race. And who might that winner be? Here are the five favorites (listed alphabetically).
Greg Biffle - The Biff has a couple wins at Dover with his last one in '08. His consistently good finishes this season, which have kept him in the points lead, will keep him in the running all day.
Kyle Busch - He too has a couple victories at the Monster Mile and won this same spring race just two years ago. Also, he hasn't finished out of the top six over the past four events at Dover (source - ESPN). Expect him to be contending for the win.
Carl Edwards - Cousin Carl has quite a record at Dover with only one finish (11th) out of the top eight over the last 11 Monster Mile contests. He should be contending for the win when it matters.
Jimmie Johnson - This #48 team is hot and probably should be the favorite every time Johnson hits the track. Plus he has six wins at the Monster Mile including three out of the last six. He may likely be taking the checkers this year too.
Matt Kenseth - He won this race a year ago and has an amazing nine top fives over the past 12 Dover events including two wins. Be surprised if he isn't battling for the win when the checkered flag waves.
A good longshot choice should go to Martin Truex Jr. who sort of fancies this as his home track (hometown is only a couple hours away). Truex does have a win here even if it was five years ago plus, he had the pole last fall.
At the races conclusion Sunday afternoon, it will mark the halfway point in the regular season and the pressure will start to mount for those not in the Top 10 who are winless. The race will be run on Sunday June 3 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time and will be telecast live on FOX - their last Cup telecast of the year. The broadcasts will switch to TNT for six weeks before the final 16 races on ABC/ESPN.
Source - NASCAR, ESPN
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.
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