The NASCAR Cup Series will shuffle up the field and race again at Dover International Speedway Sunday. The drivers who finished in the top 20 will be inverted. The drivers who finished 21st -39th will start the race in the same position they finished Saturday. The teams are required to use the same car and are only allowed to make minor adjustments (Similar to what they can on a normal pit stop). Car who make more adjustments or change drivers will start in the back.
I thought out race was over before it began Saturday. Kurt Busch crashed before the competition caution so I had to put him in the Garage. The rest of the team performed well and not the picks are beating 99.8% of the competition with only two races left. We still have time to finish in the top 100 overall…again 😊
Here are my picks for the Dover Part 2 ….
Denny Hamlin: I thought about saving my last allocation with Denny Hamlin for Daytona but he showed Saturday that he has the best car in the field. Hamlin is on fire right now with finishes of 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 2nd and 1st in his last 6 races. He should quickly make his way through the field and score a lot of Stage points and have a good chance to win again Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr.: The No. 19 team has the Monster Mile figured out. Martin Truex Jr. has finished 2nd, 2nd and 1st in his last 3 races at Dover. Truex has only finished one race outside the top 4 since 2016 at this track. I am not worried about his starting position. There is no reason to save your allocations with Truex for Daytona.
Kyle Busch: I was saving my last allocation with Kyle Busch for Sunday’s race because I wanted the No. 18 team to get some practice before I threw Busch into my lineup. I guess I should have used him Saturday. The No. 18 car looked pretty fast and I expect Busch to be even better Sunday. I would not be surprised if he won his first race of the 2020 season at Dover Part 2.
Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie Johnson is obviously points racing, but that is fine with me. The No. 48 team used a conservative strategy to ensure Johnson kept his track position and scored as many Stage points as possible. Johnson finished 8th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2 and finished 7th in the race. I will take similar results from Johnson Sunday.
Clint Bowyer: Clint Bowyer said he loved racing at Dover and he looked like he was enjoying himself Saturday. Bowyer started 4th, scored 18 Stage points and finished 6th. Bowyer has finished four of his last five races at the Monster Mile in the top 10. The No. 14 car will have the speed to finish in the top 10 again Sunday.
Garage Driver: Aric Almirola will be in the Garage Sunday. The No. 10 car did not look too fast Saturday but his teammates all had a lot of speed. I am sure Stewart-Haas will get Almirola fixed up for the race Sunday. He starts 4th and the drivers who start around him did not post Green Flag speed inside the 18. Almirola was 12th fastest. He should have a lot better race in the second race at Dover.
If you need to know which other drivers would be good picks for your team, simply check out my Driver Rankings for Sunday’s race.
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