The first June race on NASCAR’S schedule takes place at the unforgiving one mile concrete track of Dover International Speedway.
This track wasn’t all concrete at one time; it was used as a horse racing track then turned NASCAR track in 1969 where the Mason Dixon 300 was once run for a few years. The original asphalt gave way to concrete during the mid 90s and a monster improvement overhaul was completed during the end of the last decade where the name “The Monster Mile” was coined for the track and “Miles” the Monster was born.
Jimmie Johnson has tamed Miles a whopping six times during the last 10 years and when he’s on, he takes no prisoners, as he dominates the Monster Mile.
Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with four poles apiece, but that was before 2005. Only Gordon has a better finishing average of 9.1 with no wins in over 10 years.
Denny Hamlin has two poles during the past five years but he’s come up short on the win chart with no wins and an average finish of 15.9. I don’t think he’s up to his old self yet, as his finishes have been sub-par lately.
A.J. Allmendinger leads all active drivers in average starts at 5.8 the past five years, but his finishes have been dismal, to say the least, at 18.3 for the money most fantasy games want for him.
Tony Stewart won last year’s June race while Johnson took the second Dover race in dominating fashion.
Qualifying has been cancelled five times at Dover but never has there been a shortened race since stock cars have been raced.
Danica Patrick needs to finish 11th or better to beat Janet Guthrie’s Delaware 500 finish at Dover in 1977. The more you look at Guthrie the more respect I have for her during the dead era.
One more tidbit — Johnson needs to lead 296 laps to surpass the 3000 mark.
Here are the top-10 for the last five years at Dover:
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr- no top ten stats but has an average finish of 14.4.
9 Matt Kenseth- 1 win, 4 top 5s and 5 top 10s, average finish 14.0
8 Carl Edwards- 3 top 5s and 5 top 10s, average finish 2.9.
7 Joey Logano- 2 top 5′s and 6 top 10s, average finish 12.1.
6 Clint Bowyer- 1 top 5 and 6 top 10s, average finish 10.8.
5 Brian Vickers- 1 top 5 and 1 top 10, average finish 10.3.
4 Jeff Gordon- 3 top 5s and 3 top 10s, average finish 9.1.
3 Kevin Harvick- 1 top 5 and 6 top 10s, average finish 8.9.
2 Kyle Busch- 1 win, 4 top 5s and 7 top 10s, average finish 7.8.
1 Jimmie Johnson- 3 wins, 5 top 5s and 6 top 10s, avg finish 6.4.