NASCAR Picks for Dover
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew, Hendrick Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
Junior has quietly enjoyed a successful stretch at Dover recently. He has finished in the top 12 in four of his last five starts at the track, including three straight. Junior finished 10th at Dover earlier this year, and he should land somewhere in or around the top 10 again this weekend.
Martin Truex, Jr., #56 NAPA Auto Parts, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He is a former winner at Dover, and while he hasn't been the most consistent option at the track, he has delivered his share of solid finishes. In fact, Truex has finished eighth or better three times in his last five starts at the track. His top-10 potential makes him a viable sleeper option in most formats.
Brian Vickers, #55 Aaron's Dream Machine, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
With just two starts in the last seven races at Dover, it is tough to know exactly what to expect from Vickers this weekend. However, he did finish in the top ten in the two starts he did make and even had a top-five. Vickers has also finished in the top 10 in three of his five starts since becoming the full-time driver of the No. 55 at the end of August.
Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
From 2006 through the summer of 2009, Biffle was next to unstoppable at Dover, reeling off seven straight finishes of eighth or better. However, he has managed just one top-10 in the eight races since. Granted, Biffle has only finished outside the top 20 once during the stretch, but he is no longer the elite option that he once was at Dover.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #17 Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class C]
The sample size is small, but Stenhouse has the makings of a solid sleeper pick this weekend. After all, he has finished inside the top 15 in both of his Cup starts at Dover. Throw in the fact that he has been enjoying the best stretch of his rookie season the last few weeks, and Stenhouse is worth taking a chance on.
Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Hamlin hasn't had a top-10 finish in months, and now he heads to one of his worst tracks. In 15 starts at Dover, he has compiled a mediocre 20.5 average finish. Meanwhile, Hamlin has as many finishes outside the top 30 as he has top-10s.
Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
While his numbers have declined overall, Burton has remained solid at Dover. He has finished in the top 12 in 15 of his last 20 starts at the track, including five of his last seven. Burton finished 11th at Dover earlier this year, and another top-15 isn't out of the question. He could make a useful sleeper in most formats.
Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
His career numbers at Dover don't inspire much confidence, but Montoya's performance at Dover earlier this year is tough to ignore. He nearly won the June event at the track, eventually being passed for the lead with just three laps to go. Montoya may not be the safest sleeper pick, but he may have the most upside.
A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class C]
He gets the nod in the No. 47 this weekend, and Allmendinger has legit sleeper potential. In eight career starts at Dover, he has finished 16th or better six times. Not to mention the fact that he came close to winning at the track in 2011 before a cut tire dropped him from the lead. Allmendinger could easily crack the top 15 this weekend.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
While he isn't the ideal fantasy option this weekend, Ambrose may work as a sleeper pick in a pinch. After all, he has reeled of six straight top-20 finishes at the track, and he has finished in the top 10 on three occasions during the stretch. Ambrose is far from a sure thing, but he does have some potential.
Aric Almirola, #43 Smithfield Foods, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
Almirola has only made three starts at Dover, but he has been solid in all three. He has cracked the top 20 in all three starts and has compiled a respectable 14.3 average finish. Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper option could do a lot worse than Almirola this weekend.
Ryan Newman, #39 Quicken Loans/Haas Automation, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Dover has been one of Newman's best tracks historically, but he has struggled since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He has finished outside the top 10 in his last five starts at the track and has finished outside the top 20 four times during the stretch. Newman is a three-time winner at Dover, but he has been a shell of his old self at the track lately.
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