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DOVER, Del. - MidWest Transit Racing driver Ricky Craven hopes to hit the jackpot Sunday in the MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Craven and crew chief John Monsam believe the big payout lies at the end of 400 miles, not...

DOVER, Del. - MidWest Transit Racing driver Ricky Craven hopes to hit the jackpot Sunday in the MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Craven and crew chief John Monsam believe the big payout lies at the end of 400 miles, not at the nearby Dover Downs slot machines. Craven and Monsam are no strangers to this 1.0-mile concrete track nicknamed "The Monster Mile." Monsam was crew chief for Craven during their two NASCAR Busch Series stops at Dover in 1994. Together they scored two top-five finishes and two top-five starts, including one pole position. "John and I had success in the Busch car," Craven said. "We'll even use our Dover notes from 1994 as a baseline prior to practice. Hopefully, the success we shared then will translate into another good run on Sunday." Craven and the MidWest Transit Racing team have qualified for every race entered together. To keep this streak alive, they must look to Dover's corners. "The key to getting around Dover is to get on the gas as early as possible exiting the corner," Craven said. "If John and I can get a handle on the car, I should be able to get on the gas early during our qualifying run and post a good time." While speed is a necessity during qualifying, teams must mix speed with durability come Sunday. Dover is tough on equipment -- and on the driver. "With the exception of Bristol, Dover is the toughest on a driver," Craven said. "You must be in good shape physically and mentally to endure 400 miles here. We must make good decisions in the pits and on the racetrack to ensure a good finish on Sunday." If past performance from Craven and Monsam is any indication, they might just hit the jackpot.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ricky Craven