AAA 400 Drive For Autism
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Fresh off a 600-mile marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway. The 1.0-mile, concrete oval nicknamed the "Monster Mile" will host Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism, and the race is a nice change of pace from the recent string of events at 1.5-mile ovals.
Dover has been compared to Bristol Motor Speedway on steroids, but the truth is that the combination of the track's surface, size, speed and banking make it somewhat of a unique stop on the schedule. From the narrow apron to the treacherously tight pit road, Dover is one of the more unforgiving tracks on the schedule, and it is a track that not every driver can master.
From a fantasy standpoint, the unique nature of Dover can actually be used to your advantage. Certain drivers just have a good feel for Dover, including some drivers who are normally considered mid-level fantasy options. With that in mind, Sunday's race is a good opportunity to utilize some alternative options in your Yahoo lineups while saving the heavy hitters for another week.
1. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]
Johnson has owned Dover throughout his career, amassing a series-high 10 wins and a 9.5 average finish over 30 starts. Incredibly, Johnson has more wins here than he has finishes outside the Top 10.
2. MARTIN TRUEX, JR., #78 FURNITURE ROW, FURNITURE ROW RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
He clobbered the competition here last fall, leading 187 laps on his way to his second career win at Dover. Truex has led a combined 365 laps over his last four starts here, and he has finished outside the top 15 only once in his last 10 starts at the track.
3. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
His luck hasn't always been great, but Harvick has been blazing fast at Dover since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. In six starts here with SHR, he has led a combined 810 laps, winning the fall race in 2015.
4. KYLE LARSON, #42 TARGET, CHIP GANASSI RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
Larson almost grabbed a win at Dover last May, eventually settling for a second-place finish. He has now finished 11th or better in five of his six starts at the track, posting back-to-back Top 3 effort in the spring race.
5. KYLE BUSCH, #18 M&M'S, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
He was one of the major players for the win at Charlotte last weekend, and Busch should be back in the thick of things Sunday. The two-time Dover winner has been the runner-up in two of the last three races at the track, and he ranks third in laps led over the last 10 races here.
6. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
Keselowski offers an appealing blend of reliability and upside at Dover. His 9.7 average over the last 10 races ranks fourth in the series, and he has finished sixth or better six times in that span, winning once and finishing second in both races in 2014.
7. CHASE ELLIOTT, #24 NAPA AUTO PARTS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS B]
The sample size is small, but you have to like what Elliott has shown at Dover thus far. He debuted with a third-place finish here last spring, and he followed that up with another third-place run in the fall. Elliott has to be considered a threat to run in the Top 5.
8. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
While Dover hasn't been his best track, Logano has been one of the steadiest performers at the concrete oval. He has led just two laps over the last 10 races here, but his eight Top 10s in the same stretch are the most in the series. If you a more conservative strategy, he is one of the safest A-List plays.
9. MATT KENSETH, #20 DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
If you want to be a little aggressive and build a contrarian lineup, Kenseth could make a nice A-List option. He is the defending winner of this weekend's race and a three-time Dover winner overall. Kenseth has also finished seventh or better in six of his last seven starts at the track.
10. CLINT BOWYER, #14 MOBIL 1, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
Bowyer might be the most underappreciated driver at Dover. He hasn't won here, but he has a 12.4 average finish overall. He has also finished in the Top 15 in nine of his last 10 starts at the track, notching seven Top 10s in that span.