Precedent Set: Six Chase drivers have won races at Dover DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2005) -- Based on past history, don't be surprised if the winner of Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway comes from a group of...
Precedent Set: Six Chase drivers have won races at Dover
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2005) -- Based on past history, don't be surprised if the winner of Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway comes from a group of familiar faces. The ten drivers competing in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have dominated races at Dover, accounting for 15 wins in the past 24 races including the last seven. Six of the 10 Chase competitors have at least one victory at Dover.
"Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks," said Mark Martin (No. 6 Viagra Ford), who has four wins there, the most of any Chase driver. "We've had great success there over the years, including the last three years when we've been up front and a serious contender."
Martin won the June 2004 race at Dover, and has finished in the top-three in his last three starts there.
However, the man to beat might be Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge).
Newman is the defending race champion and has won three of the past five Dover races. In eight career starts at Dover, Newman has six top-10 finishes. Add to the fact that Newman won last week at New Hampshire -- the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- and currently sits third in the point standings, and its clear to see why his team is in the spotlight.
"(The win) built a lot of momentum and a lot of character and a lot of drive for (the team)," Newman said. "We have to keep it up and we have to perform. Dover is definitely a good place for our team to do that."
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) and Rusty Wallace (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) also have each won multiple races at the one-mile long concrete track.
Johnson summed up what one might expect to hear from any Chase driver who has experienced success at the track.
"We run well at Dover," Johnson said. "I am excited about going back there... We usually race very well there."