The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway (aka the Monster Mile) on Sunday, October 6 to race in the Drydene 400. It is the first race in the round of 12 and a race that is crucial to playoff contenders. Why? Because the wild-card race of the playoffs looms next week at Talladega. Playoff drivers will want to do everything they can this week to secure a spot in the round of eight.
|Driver||Drydene 400 Odds|
|Martin Truex Jr.||+400|
Chase Elliott (+600)
Who wouldn’t want to be Chase Elliott right now? His dad is Bill Elliott and he is driving a fast Chevy. In what may be a surprise to some, Dover might be Elliott’s best track on the circuit. In his seven starts at the track, Elliott has secured six top-five finishes, including one win. He has led 294 laps in those seven races and has also secured a pole. His worst finish at the track is a 12th-place finish in 2018, but he also won this race a year ago. He’s coming off of a win a week ago at the Roval, and his confidence couldn’t be any better. He’s learned how to win races and looms dangerously Sunday.
What a rebound for @ChaseElliott!
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 29, 2019
Kevin Harvick (+500)
You’re either going to see a dominant performance from Kevin Harvick on Sunday, or his team will completely miss the mark. In his last five races at Dover, no driver has led more laps than Harvick (453). However, Harvick only has two wins in 37 starts at the track. In the fall last year, Harvick led 251 laps and finished sixth. The reason to play Harvick this weekend is that he will likely be third choice behind Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, who will also be tough to beat. One of the three could dominate the race. Harvick getting the slightly better odds is more tempting. He should qualify well, and if he’s fast on the long run, forget catching him.