NASCAR: Preview Dover in June 2012
On the weekend decides race number 13 in Dover, the first half of the Chase qualifiers and at the same time, the transmission distance of FOX this year. The route is not 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 perhaps 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 drivers are another 13 championship races available to recommend themselves with 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 a 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 always holding further interesting information:
"The" Monster Mile "in Dover, which with its banking of 24 ° to the spectacular Shorttracks and is steep as Bristol, but with a mile route length twice as large. Although the two lines do not have 9 ° superelevation, but results when accelerating out of a similar catapult effective averaging as in "Thunder Valley". The change from 24 ° to 9 ° with rather abruptly, so that one is fast in the wall. Another shared with Bristol is the story of the track surface both racetracks: 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 road. "
These figures my hope lies in the fact that we once again see on Sunday a little more action and excitement and suffer. The track surface is for the engineers at Goodyear for some time quite a hot spot and so do you test for them 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 test drive took place without anything was changed to the configuration. The 1-mile oval could at last bring the wood to burn tires again.
Of course, I mean no blowouts churning, but rather a more challenging ride and tires, which makes the age then at some point felt. One sees, not least due to 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 the CoT silhouettes of trouble debt, where the crew chiefs probably now know by heart each screw. "2013 FTW" is the motto, as from next season, there are known to provide a complete new aerodynamics.
In Dover find it particularly difficult to predict a winner, because all four manufacturers were able to since the introduction of the CoT already secure at least a trip to 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 really so everything is what has in the NASCAR rank and name. To this list we can perhaps see 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 is absent RCR 2012 yet, but who knows.
Jimmie Johnson appears to me to be the most favorite and least he won six times already 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 particular the question whether its momentum after winning the Coca-Cola 600 stops (in all respects).
Roush Fenway Racing-I expect so slowly but surely once again a victory, because all three riders, the last weekend, but 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 still cite the table, Carl Edwards is number 7 is still scarce in the Chase.
Tucked have lately also the team of Michael Waltrip Racing and when 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 again only in New Hampshire in the start, even though he could show off neatly yes, Bristol. If you want to safely reach the Chase at MWR, you need to urgently re-establish, for Bowyer has already fallen to 12th place.
As a bridge to Joe Gibbs Racing now comes something from section "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, I do not even! I got the duo in the last race rather something inconspicuous before, even if you have given several leading laps. Because both drivers have incidentally during this series also each got a win, 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 on the road together, resulting in a jam-packed schedule promises the night before. After the hard past three weeks, we remain temporarily exempted from floodlighting and a late shift to happiness. A bitter pill must still 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) the NASCAR season in their transmission distance: Pocono!
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