New Tire Compound for Dover Race With More Goodyear Tests Planned

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The 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Series heads to Dover this weekend for the running of the Apache Warrior 400. He has three wins on the year and has a 32-point edge on the cut line for the second stage of the playoffs.

Dover International Speedway first opened in 1969 and it can be one of the most entertaining tracks in NASCAR as it is only a mile long, but with the banking, drivers can get a lot of speed into the short straights.

"Dover is one my favorite tracks, but at the same time it's a place where things can happen quickly and knock you out of the race", Truex said. Since then, the track has been a keen hunting ground for both Hendrick Motorsports and in particular, Jimmie Johnson.

Considering no non-playoff driver has ever won a postseason race at Dover, our pick to win Sunday (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) is Kyle Busch. All four tires will be a different compound from the last race at Dover in June as Goodyear reacts to NASCAR's new low-downforce aero package. Qualifying was all all-Toyota affair, with the manufacturer locking out the first two rows of the grid.

Matt Kenseth should be considered a top option on Sunday.

Truex is the points leader by 24 on the field.

Reddick had a great day at Kentucky as he started fifth and led a race-high 66 laps en route to a massive win, and he was followed by Brennan Poole and Justin Allgaier, who leads the standings in points. Denny Hamlin, former champion Matt Kenseth, Johnson and Ryan Blaney are fifth through eighth in points, probably good enough to advance. Johnson has an impressive 11 wins at Dover in his career. Since then, Johnson has not returned to victory lane and has suffered a mid-season dip in form.

Keep in mind that we'll see some changes in some of the cars as Ben Kennedy will get behind the wheel of the No. 96 GMS Racing.

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Unimaginable stat No. 1: That's only two fewer Dover victories than the total of the 15 other drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Tifft is the underdog in this matchup at +100 over Dillon at -130, and Tifft is seventh in the points standings after finishing ninth at Kentucky. Any incident like that could easily wipe out a couple of championship contenders. Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne now hold positions thirteen through sixteen, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr is tied with Dillon on points, so either could be eliminated.

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With the likes of Kurt Busch further back, who could spring a strong result in his #41 Stewart-Haas Racing auto, it won't be a stress-free event for Jamie in the #1.

However, luck has not always been on the side of the No. 4 team at Dover. Only Busch among that foursome has a Dover victory, but his record of just nine top-10 finishes in 34 starts isn't encouraging.

Fellow Chevrolet driver Kyle Larson could also take a victory in DE this weekend.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver also added this insane stat on Twitter to complement his conversation on NBC. He placed fourth at the Monster Mile in June.

The other two protagonists could well be in contention once again this weekend.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Martin Truex Jr. is favored to win this race, as he has odds of +225 to win.