Sunday's final race of the Challenger Round is full of intrigue as 12 drivers will advance to the next round of the Chase and four will see their title hopes come crashing down. But which drivers are actually capable of winning at Dover? Here's a countdown of our five contenders to find Victory Lane, provided the weather cooperates.
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5. Jeff Gordon
It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Gordon last went to Victory Lane, but that is indeed the case. It was at Dover last fall that the four-time Sprint Cup champion won in NASCAR’s top series for the 92nd time and the fifth time at the 'Monster Mile.' With Gordon in decent shape to move on to the next round of the Chase, winning on Sunday -- while certainly possible -- will take a backseat to making sure he advances.
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4. Kevin Harvick
Winless in 29 starts at Dover, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion faces a must-win situation this weekend if he wants to reach the next round of the Chase. Although the task might seem daunting in light of Harvick's failure to get to Victory Lane at the 1-mile track, don't be deceived -- Harvick has led laps in each of his last three starts here, and he finished second back in late May when the Sprint Cup Series last convened at Dover.
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3. Matt Kenseth
Owner of a Sprint Cup Series-high five wins, including one last weekend in New Hampshire, Kenseth is one of just two drivers who comes to Dover locked into the next round of the Chase. Facing no pressure whatsoever on Sunday, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver should be strong at a track where he's a two-time winner.
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2. Kyle Busch
A two-time Dover winner and arguably NASCAR's best driver on concrete, Busch comes into the weekend with considerable confidence. He's going to need it, considering he's the first driver outside the 12 in position to make it to the next round of the Chase. But sitting just one point behind 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a mere two points behind 11th-place Jamie McMurray, Busch is certainly capable of punching his ticket to the next round, and Dover is a great place for him to do it.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
NASCAR’s all-time wins leader at Dover with 10 victories, Johnson has triumphed in three of his last four trips to the ‘Monster Mile’ – including this year’s May race. Aside from Joe Gibbs Racing’s recent dominance, there’s no reason to think Johnson and his No. 48 team led by crew chief Chad Knaus will be anything less than the ones to beat this weekend.