Apparently this race has been rumored to be canceled due to the gas shortage. A fake Twitter account pretending to be NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass attempted to dupe fans into thinking there was not enough gas to run both the Cup and Xfinity race. Both the real Pockrass and Dover Speedway announced that the tweet was obviously fake and both races are scheduled to run as planned.
Last year when we came to Dover it was a back-to-back weekend where Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick took home Miles respectively. While both these guys have a great shot at winning again tomorrow, I think there is another superstar that’s probably going to end up in victory lane.
Favorite: Martin Truex Jr.
After Truex mopped the floor with the competition last week and I saw we were heading to Dover next, I immediately knew who the favorite was. This is the site of his first career win and three of his thirty.
With him being the clear championship favorite and heading to a track he has so much favorable history at, it’s hard not to pick him. With him having an average finish of 11.5 at Dover doesn’t hurt either.
Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez
Prior to 2020 when Suarez was in the Gaunt Bros. #96-car, his average finish at Dover was 8.6. This is a track he knows well and is coming to with the most confidence he’s had in a long time. This has the potential to be Suarez’s first win of his career, and Trackhouse’s first as a team.
Trackhouse Racing Team is performing well above expectations and has been in positions to win already this season. Heading to Suarez’s most successful track with this new found speed and confidence is going to result in a great finish.
- Martin Truex Jr. – $11,900
- Kyle Larson – $11,500
- Kevin Harvick – $9,800
- Chase Elliott – $10,700
- Denny Hamlin – $11,100
- Ryan Blaney – $8,400
- William Byron – $8,900
- Tyler Reddick – $7,600
- Erik Jones – $7,200
- Cole Custer – $7,700
- Daniel Suarez – $6,300
- Ryan Newman – $6,800
- Bubba Wallace – $6,900
- Chris Buescher – $6,600
- Ross Chastain – $6,500
Most lineups this week need to be built around Martin Truex Jr. Even if he does not find victory lane, it’s hard to believe he won’t be a guaranteed top five. Kyle Larson is also a good grab, but you’d need to pick between either him or Truex to be able to build a solid lineup.
Ryan Blaney’s track record here has not been great, but he has been busting up every track he’s visited where he has had poor results. This has quietly been a breakout year for him, and he’s been running in the top ten at every track he’s visited even if his record there is poor. So, with him being at such a low price, I think this is a good week to get him in your lineups.
Truex, Blaney, and Suarez are the big three I’m going to build most of my lineups around and I think it has the most potential of any other pairings. I believe all three will have top ten finishes and they allow you to fill your lineup with other star talent drivers.