2019 Drydene 400 at Dover - Predictions and Odds
The first round of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is over.
The series now heads over to Dover for the second time this season.
The Monster Mile will host the first race for the Round of 12.
A win here secures an automatic spot in the Round of 8, one step closer to Homestead.
How to Watch
What: Drydene 400
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE
When: Sunday, October 6th at 2:30 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Favorites to Win the 2019 Drydene 400
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. again enters the weekend as the favorite.
After winning the first two playoff races, #19 had a disappointing race at Charlotte.
He finished down in 9th as the Toyotas struggled all race.
The 2017 champion will likely be back among the front-runners at Dover.
Truex has two wins in his last six starts at the Monster Mile and led a combined 472 laps during the same span.
He is the most recent winner at the track as well, having taken the checkered in May.
Truex led 132 laps and scored a stage win.
The 2017 champion is second in the standings following the reset in points.
Truex has a series-best six wins this season, along with 12 top 5 and 18 top 10 finishes.
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Chase Elliott carries over the momentum from his phenomenal win at Charlotte.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver recovered from a late crash and carved his way through the field.
Elliott still managed to lead a race-high 35 laps even after dropping to the back.
More importantly, however, is his amazing record at this weekend’s track.
He has a career-best 4.43 average at Dover, which also leads all active drivers by a fairly decent margin.
Elliott has six top 5 finishes in seven starts, while his only non-top 5 result was a decent 12th place.
He is the defending Drydene 400 winner, and led a race-high 145 laps from the pole in May this year on his way to a fifth place finish.
Elliott is sixth in points with three wins, ten top 5 and 13 top 10 finishes.
Kevin Harvick was the man to beat at Dover last year.
The Stewart-Haas driver swept all four stages and scored a race win in May.
Harvick also led a combined 452 laps, taking the extra point for both races.
He finished sixth in May, although his form has significantly improved since then.
The 2014 champion looked set to win at Charlotte following Elliott’s crash, but was overtaken near the end of the race.
Harvick still led 34 laps, continuing his good run in recent races.
The Stewart-Haas driver has a very good record at Dover in the last ten starts.
Harvick scored two wins and led a total of 1,121 laps during that span.
His 1,408 laps led at the Monster Mile are second behind Jimmie Johnson among active drivers.
He is back to sixth in points following the reset for the Round of 12, with three wins, 11 top 5 and 20 top 10 finishes.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Drydene 400
Kyle Busch will try to start the Round of 12 on the right foot following a disappointing performance in the Round of 16.
The Joe Gibbs driver finished down in 19th at Las Vegas and crashed out at Charlotte.
Busch has been inconsistent at Dover despite having scored a win in 2017.
The 2015 champion has four DNFs in the last six years to go along with one win and two second place finishes.
He led a combined 199 laps during that span.
Busch is back to the top of the standings following the reset in points.
He has four wins, 14 top 5 and 22 top 10 finishes this season.
Kyle Larson has never won at Dover, but came close to doing it two years ago.
He led a total of 368 laps in 2017, scoring one stage win.
Larson had a significant drop last year, however, finishing 10th and 12th despite scoring one pole-position.
The Chip Ganassi driver bounced back with a third place earlier this year.
His winless streak is now at 75 races, but his rise after a terrible start to the 2019 season is noticeable.
Larson has five top 5 and ten top 10 finishes in the last 15 races.
This run includes two second place finishes and two stage wins.
He is eighth in points with six top 5 and 14 top 10 finishes.
Brad Keselowski only has one career win at Dover, which came back in 2012.
Despite this, the Team Penske driver usually runs well at the Monster Mile.
His results don’t quite show his solid pace.
The 2012 champion only has two top 10 finishes in the last five starts, with a total of two top 5 and five top 10 finishes in the last ten races.
Despite this, Keselowski led 213 laps in the last five starts at the track, good enough for fifth-best during that span.
He led a combined 375 laps in the last ten starts, with one stage win.
Keselowski finished 12th earlier this year after leading 58 laps.
If his pace finally translates into a good result, the Team Penske driver should be in contention for the win.
Keselowski enters the Round of 12 seventh in points with three wins, 12 top 5 and 17 top 10 finishes.
2019 Drydene 400 Odds