It’s not usually this late in the year that the Cup cars rumble into the Monster Mile for the first time but this year has been anything but normal to be sure. It’s also been a very long time since the top series raced this few laps at the Delaware concrete oval as it’s usually a 400-mile affair but this time, and for Sunday, it’ll be a 311-mile race, aka 311 laps.

Even with it being shorter, there are quite a few dominator points to be had on Saturday as there are 233.25 points combined for laps led and fastest laps on DK and 31.1 for laps led on FanDuel which is more than enough to be a separator of lineups in tournaments. Keep in mind for Fanduel that this is a track at which it’s been tough for more than half of the field to finish on the lead lap which not only caps the PD upside because at some point a driver can’t pick up any more spots being laps down, but it could also slowly chip away at the laps completed points you can garner. This also is a track where accidents can happen in a hurry as well as having parts break on cars as it’s a notoriously rough track on the equipment for the higher speeds and harder braking this track takes. Miles the Monster, the track mascot, isn’t just letting a driver win without earning it. While drivers can move up here, the last five races have seen just a handful of drivers hit double-digit place differential though several more were close in that same span. The choose rule is back in place this weekend since Dover isn’t a road course or a plate race (Daytona or Talladega) and so that will shift things on restarts all race long as well.

The track is expected to put down the PJ1 traction compound again to help a second racing groove come in and if it does, passing around the top in the corners will certainly help the chances for place differential upside.


Average Points By Starting Spots
These charts show the average DFS points by each starting spot over the last five races at Dover regardless of the drivers that have started in those spots. It's a tool to help see strategy at the track and not a hard and fast rules as to what spots will always perform well.
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Ch. Elliott1Chevrolet9 $12500 $10600UPGRADE
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Ma. Truex3Toyota19 $11500 $11400UPGRADE
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Ke. Harvick10Ford4 $12300 $11100UPGRADE
Al. Bowman11Chevrolet88 $10000 $9000UPGRADE
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Ky. Busch22Toyota18 $12000 $9600UPGRADE
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Au. Dillon32Chevrolet3 $7000 $7400UPGRADE