The Kasey Kahne event at the N.H. Fire Academy on Wednesday was amazing.
Unfortunately, that was the usual day to post the Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing preview, and it was completely consumed by a more pressing matter. It's a little late, but let's not break with tradition.
Here's the preview for this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway:
Length is the only thing that Dover has in common with New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track is highly banked and surfaced with concrete, making it more like a large Bristol than a replica of NHMS.
The concrete will be the X-Factor because the track tends to have more grip than an asphalt track, which allows the drivers to attack the turns and the banking.\
This track layout is relatively unique. Some drivers have shown a lot of success at Dover, others haven't. Managers will need to be selective with the drivers they pick.
#20 Matt Kenseth - He's finished in the top-five in eight of the last 12 races at Dover.
#24 Jeff Gordon - The current points leader has four wins at the Monster Mile.
#48 Jimmie Johnson - Last September's Dover win put Jimmie Johnson alone atop the list of all-time Cup wins at the track with eight.
#5 Kasey Kahne - This isn't a good layout for Kahne, who has a single top-five in 20 starts at Dover.
#16 Greg Biffle - Managers should proceed at their own risk in starting Biffle. He hasn't been consistent this year, but his 12.3 average finish at Dover ranks fourth in the field.
#22 Joey Logano - He's become a regular must-start on the B-list. With six top-10s in 10 Dover starts, this would be another good week to consider him.
#39 Ryan Newman - With three wins at Dover, Newman should garner some consideration.
#99 Carl Edwards - They don't call him "Concrete Carl" for nothing. His 10.0 average finish at Dover is second in the field to just Johnson.
#14 Tony Stewart - His last win came in this race a year ago, but things just haven't been right with the No. 14. Stewart has only seven lead lap finishes in 12 races this season and would be a risky start, to say the least.
#55 Brian Vickers - This is going to be a sneaky pick for much of the season, but not this week. Vickers has just two top-10s in 15 starts at Dover.
#3 Austin Dillon - It's another one of those weeks where the C-list looks very shallow and the top-two rookies will be the go-to choices.
#42 Kyle Larson - He's a clear choice on a track that gets pretty racy. This is the type of layout where Larson has distinguished himself as a talented rookie.
#66 Brett Moffitt - Mentioning him is a way to give a tip of the cap to one of NASCAR's more unheralded young drivers. He'll make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, but probably won't show his full potential in the No. 66.
Drivers are listed by car number and not necessarily rank order.
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