NASCAR Picks for Dover
Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Dover has never been Hamlin's best track, and he has a 19.6 average finish at the concrete oval to prove it. That being said, he has made strides lately, logging three top-10s in his last six starts. Fantasy owners should still avoid him in Yahoo! leagues or in survival-type leagues, but Hamlin has at least been salvaging decent finishes recently.
Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
From the fall of 2004 through June of 2010, Biffle compiled a 6.0 average finish at Dover in 12 starts and won a pair of races. In the five races since, he has compiled a 19.4 average finish and has finished outside the top 15 four times. Biffle's overall numbers at Dover still look great, but he just hasn't been a top-10 option at the track the past couple of years.
Kurt Busch, #78 Furniture Row, Furniture Row Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Coming off a great run at Charlotte, Busch could keep the good times going this weekend at Dover. After all, he has finished in the top five in four of his last eight starts at the track, winning the fall event in 2011. As long as he drives for Furniture Row Racing, consistency is going to be an issue for Busch. However, he also has top-five potential at certain tracks, and Dover is one of them.
Joey Logano, #22 Shell-Pennzoil, Penske Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although his 18.0 average finish isn't great, Logano could actually make a strong fantasy option this weekend. After all, he has finished in the top 15 in five of his eight starts, and he finished in the top 10 in both races at the track last year. Granted, Logano also has three finishes outside the top 25 at Dover, but fantasy owners willing to gamble a bit could see a nice reward.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
First of all, hats off to Ambrose and his crew for managing a top-10 at Charlotte after the underside of the No. 9 got sliced and diced by the fallen camera cable. Secondly, Ambrose deserves consideration as a potential sleeper again this weekend. After all, he has seven top-20 finishes in nine starts at Dover, including five straight. Ambrose also has three top-10s in his last four starts at the track, so a solid showing could be on tap.
Aric Almirola, #43 Smithfield Foods, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
Almirola had a successful Dover debut last season, finishing sixth and 19th in two starts at the track. Even if he splits the difference Sunday, he will still land somewhere in the top 15. Almirola should make a serviceable fantasy option this weekend, as he has for much of 2013.
Ryan Newman, #39 Quicken Loans/Haas Automation, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He is actually a three time Dover winner for his career, but Newman has struggled at the track lately. He hasn't managed a top-five finish since 2007, and he hasn't even cracked the top 10 in his last four starts. In fact, Newman has failed to crack the top 20 three times in his last four Dover starts, and he has shown no signs of recapturing his winning form.
Tony Stewart, #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Shockingly, Stewart showed signs of life last weekend with a top-10 run at a Charlotte track that has given him fits over the years. If he is going to build some momentum into the summer months, he will have to snap a similar drought at Dover. Stewart has a 24.0 average finish in his last five starts at Dover and hasn't finished better than 20th during the stretch.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #17 Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class C]
The sample size for Stenhouse at Dover is small, considering he has made all of one Cup start at the track. That being said, he did finish 12th in that lone start, so he does have some potential this weekend. Throw in the fact that Roush Fenway Racing has run well at Dover over the years, and Stenhouse could make a decent sleeper pick.
Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
The good news for Burton is that he finished 16th or better in 14 starts at Dover from 2005 to 2011. The bad news is that he failed to crack the top 20 in either start at the track last year. A slight rebound certainly seems possible, but fantasy owners are probably still looking at a top-20 driver at best this weekend.
Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
While his 20.2 average finish at Dover isn't horrendous, Menard doesn't exactly offer much upside. In 11 starts at the track, he has cracked the top 15 only once. Granted, Menard has been reliable in 2013, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect anything more than a top-20 finish this weekend.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
In his last nine starts at Dover, McMurray has managed a single top-10 finish. Worse yet, he has finished outside the top 15 six times during the stretch. There just isn't much incentive for fantasy owners to gamble on McMurray when a top-20 finish is likely to be the best possible outcome.
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