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 neither short track speed skating still intermediate oval, but is not exactly squeamish around with the tires. This could become a little bit more conducive again on Sunday maybe the voltage.

The first third of the season is now completed after the Coca-Cola 600 and also the way to Chase has almost halved it. After the race weekend the drivers are still 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 , which moves with a length of one mile between short track speed skating and intermediate oval. This is referred Dover incidentally also like your big brother of Bristol. Why? This is motivated in the following quote from the above linked route description, the latter as always holding further interesting information:

"The" Monster Mile "in Dover, which with its banking of 24 ° to the spectacular Shorttracks and is similar steep as Bristol, but with a mile route length twice as large. Although the two lines do not have 9 ° curve cant, 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 usual 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 as you test usually every year on the concrete path in order to avoid any nasty surprises. This Dover is way far the only track on which 2011 and 2012, a trial run has taken place, without that something has been changed to 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 they're eventually noticeable. 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 not provide a complete new aerodynamics.

At Dover it particularly difficult to predict a winner, because all four manufacturers were able to 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:

1/2007: Martin Truex Jr (Dale Earnhardt Inc, Chevrolet)
2/2007: Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford)
2008/1: Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota)
2008/2: Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford)
1/2009: Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
2009/2: Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
1/2010: 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 all this, what in the NASCAR name and rank. To this list one can perhaps read more than 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 well-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 biggest 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 his 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 too much hidden in the top 10. The positions in the championship namely show at 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 may 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 neatly yes in Bristol. If you want to safely reach the Chase at MWR, you need to urgently re-establish, as 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 retracted four Top4 results in the past five races? Right, I do not even! I got the duo in the last race rather something inconspicuous before, even if you graduated many leading laps. Because both drivers the way 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.

At the conclusion follow at this point as usual the links (PDF) to the current levels in the driver and owner standings as well as the entry-list and a TV schedule for the weekend.

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 last three weeks, we remain for the time being spared by floodlights and late shift to happiness. A bitter pill must still be swallowed, because FOX says goodbye to Dover to the next Daytona 500 and handed over as the torch had for six races on TNT. The course start simultaneously with the crown jewel (not) of the NASCAR season in their transmission distance: Pocono!

Radiance data

Friday, 06.01.
16:00 clock, Truck Series qualifying, SPEED
17:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series Practice SPEED
18:30 clock, Nationwide Series Final Practice SPEED
20:45 clock, Sprint Cup Series Final Practice SPEED
22:30 clock, Truck Series race (Lucas Oil 200) SPEED

Saturday, 02.06.
16:30 clock, Nationwide Series qualifying, ESPN2
18:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series qualifying, SPEED
19:30 clock, Nationwide Series races (5-hour Energy 200), ESPN

Sunday, 03.06.
19:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series race (FedEx 400), FOX

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2 Responses to "NASCAR: Dover Preview June 2012"

  1. June 1st, 2012 at 12:47 am

    On the subject of tires Dustin Long wrote on Google+: New tire at Dover for NASCAR teams: Left side features a construction change to give teams more grip while thus bringing it into line with what is run at other speedways. Right side features ... compound change to help control track rubbering process ... Tire set up camefrom Goodyear tire test April 17 to 18 with Marcos Ambrose, AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ... teams ran thesis right -side tires at Kentucky load-year.

    So you have the left reinforced and thus likely the tires offer little surprising again.

  2. KristianStooss
    June 1st, 2012 at 22:15

    @ DonDahlmann : Thank you for this very interesting addition! If that's not bad news ... times deluxe NASCAR and Goodyear will probably appear to be no trouble! Uh, you might want to take over the analysis? : P

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