NASCAR: Dover Preview June 2012
On weekends decides race number 13 in Dover, the first half of the Chase qualifiers and at the same time the transmission link from FOX this year. The track is not yet Shorttrack Intermediate-oval, but is not exactly squeamish around with the tires. This could even be something more conducive again on Sunday maybe the voltage.
The first third of the season is now completed by the Coca-Cola 600 and also the way to Chase has almost halved it. After the race weekend the drivers are 13 more championship races available in order to recommend top results for the NASCAR Playoffs from race # 27 of 36. Driving is on Sunday at the Dover International Speedway , moving with a length of one mile between short track speed skating and intermediate oval. This is known as Dover, incidentally, also like the big brother of Bristol. Why? This is motivated in the following quote from the above linked route description, the latter as ever still holds other interesting information:
"The" Monster Mile "in Dover, which with its banking of 24 ° to the spectacular Shorttracks and is as steep as Bristol, but with a mile route length twice as large. Although the two lines do not have 9 ° camber curve, but arises when accelerating out of a catapult-like action averaging as in "Thunder Valley". The change from 24 ° to 9 ° passes rather abruptly, so that one is fast in the wall. Another common with Bristol is the story of the track surface of both race tracks: At first the conventional asphalt was used, this changed mid-90s in both places. In Dover and Bristol now find the only Cup race held on a concrete pavement. "
These figures my hope lies in the fact that we once again see on Sunday a little more action and excitement and get to feel. The track surface is for the engineers at Goodyear for some time quite a hot spot and then one tests usually every year on the concrete runway, to avoid any nasty surprises. This Dover is the way so far the only track on which 2011 and 2012, a trial run has taken place, without that something has been changed in the configuration. The 1-mile oval might at last bring the wood to burn tires again.
Of course I mean no blowouts churning, but rather a more difficult ride and tires, which makes the age then at some point felt. One sees not least due to the poor ratings of the Coca-Cola 600, which was again unsuccessful first time this year for some time the Indy 500, the urgent need to happen. Presumably, however, are also the CoT silhouettes of misery debt, where the crew chiefs probably now know by heart each screw. "2013 FTW" is the motto, because from next season there is known to provide a complete new aerodynamics.
In Dover it particularly difficult to predict a winner, because all four manufacturers were since the introduction of the CoT already secured at least a ride in the Victory Lane. The following list shows the extremely balanced for NASCAR ratios situation:
2007/1: Martin Truex Jr. (Dale Earnhardt Inc., Chevrolet)
2007/2: Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford)
2008/1: Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota)
2008/2: Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford)
2009/1: Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
2009/2: Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
2010/1: Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota)
2010/2: Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
2011/1: Matt Kenseth (Roush Fenway Racing-Ford)
2011/2: Kurt Busch (Penske Racing Dodge)
Now that was so really everything is what has in the NASCAR rank and name. To this list one can perhaps see at most that Richard Childress Racing seems to have a certain disadvantage in Dover and the team leader Kevin Harvick has also driven more this year with the known constant results in the Top7 the championship. The breakthrough missing RCR 2012 yet, but who knows.
Jimmie Johnson appears to me to be the most favorite and least he won just six times in Dover, what is indeed not that just makes after the run of Hendrick Motorsports over the last three weeks. Exciting the drive from Kasey Kahne will be in which, in particular, the question arises whether its momentum after winning the Coca-Cola 600 stops (in all respects).
From Roush Fenway Racing-I expect so slowly but surely once again a victory because all three drivers, the last weekend but have too much hidden in the top 10. The positions in the championship show namely all unobtrusiveness the true strength of the Ford team: While Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth continues to lead the table, Carl Edwards is number 7 is still scarce in the Chase.
Tucked have lately also the team of Michael Waltrip Racing and if Bristol can be a good indicator for the Sunday, then we must expect great things from Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr and Mark Martin. Unfortunately, Brian Vickers is just back in New Hampshire in the start, even though he could show off neat yes in Bristol. If you want to safely reach the Chase at MWR, you must urgently re-establish, for Bowyer has already fallen to number 12.
As a bridge to Joe Gibbs Racing now comes something from the department "Trivia": Who would have known and / or thought that Denny Hamlin and teammate Kyle Busch have been run four Top4 results in the last five races? Right, me neither! I got the duo in the last race rather something inconspicuous before, even if you graduated many leading laps. Because both drivers have incidentally during this series also each scored a victory, they could bring with places 3 (Hamlin) and 8 (Busch) well in the championship position. What brings Dover, you will need to see - but I would certainly not bet against the two pilots.
This time, after a long time all three national racing series go together, what a jam-packed schedule promises the night before. After the tough past three weeks, we remain for the time being spared from flood light and late shifts to happiness. A bitter pill must nevertheless be swallowed, because FOX says goodbye to Dover until the next Daytona 500 and presented as had the torch for six races on TNT. The course start simultaneously with the crown jewel (not) of the NASCAR season in their transmission distance: Pocono!
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