The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series 2019 season action continues this weekend.
The series heads off to Dover International Speedway for its first of two annual visits to the Monster Mile.
The track featured six different winners the last three years.
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What: Gander RV 400
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE
When: Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Fresh off his first win for Joe Gibbs Racing, Martin Truex Jr. is a solid pick.
The 2017 champion has an impressive record of eight top 10 finishes over the last ten races at Dover.
Truex had a streak of four consecutive top 5 finishes, including one win, snapped by a 15th place last autumn.
His first career win in the Cup Series also came at the Monster Mile back in 2007.
Dover might be Chase Elliott‘s best track.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has a 12th place finish as his worst result at the track.
Elliott finished inside the top 5 in each of his other five starts.
His career average finish at the Monster Mile is an impressive 4.33.
The driver of the #9 car struggled this season but is coming off a win at Talladega.
Chase Elliott’s impressive form at Dover could make up Chevrolet’s poor form.
As usual, Kyle Busch also figures among the favorites.
A drivetrain failure took him out of contention last spring, but #18 has three top 2 finishes in six races.
Busch’s form at Dover has been inconsistent, however.
His next best finish was a 16th place.
The 2015 champion has one win and two pole-positions during that span.
Kevin Harvick won last year’s Gander RV 400.
Much like Kyle Busch, his form has been inconsistent.
His two wins and one runner-up finish over the last ten races stand in contrast to five results outside the top 10.
The 2014 champion is still looking for his first win of the 2019 season.
Jimmie Johnson leads the all-time winners list at Dover with 11 victories.
His most recent triumph also came at the Monster Mile back in 2017.
While the seven-time champion hasn’t seen victory lane in more than a year, Dover is one of his strongest tracks.
Johnson saw a streak of four consecutive top 10 finishes interrupted last autumn by a mechanical failure.
That was his fifth finish outside the top 10 over the last 20 starts at Dover.
The Monster Mile could be the place for #48 to get back in victory lane despite Hendrick and Chevrolet’s struggles.
Brad Keselowski led 108 laps over the last four races at the track, good enough for third on the list.
The 2012 champion does not have a win to show up for his recent form, however.
Keselowski has one win at the Monster Mile, which came during his run to the 2012 championship.
A real dark horse could be Stewart-Haas’ Aric Almirola.
The driver of the #10 car led the second most laps last autumn and scored points in both stages.
Almirola ultimately dropped down the order and finished 13th.
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