Here are a handful of drivers who should factor heavily into the mix for a victory in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway (11:30 a.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), beginning with the driver least likely to get a win among the five.
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5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has just one win in 30 starts at the Monster Mile, which came back in 2001 during his days with Dale Earnhardt Inc., but NASCAR's most popular driver finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson here in the fall of 2013 and has finished worse than 11th only once in his last six starts at Dover. Junior has seven top-five finishes in 12 starts this season, second only in that category to points leader Kevin Harvick.
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4. Matt Kenseth
Coming off a strong fourth-place finish in last weekend's Coca-Cola 600, Kenseth (and all of Joe Gibbs Racing, for that matter) seems to have turned a corner in the past few weeks. The Wisconsin native made his first career Cup start at Dover in 1998, finishing an impressive sixth, and has gone on to pick up a pair of wins at the steep 1-mile oval where he's finished no worse than seventh in his last three starts.
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3. Jeff Gordon
Once a master of Dover, Jeff Gordon went 13 years between his fourth and fifth wins at the Monster Mile, with his long-awaited victory for the thumb finally coming in last fall's Challenger Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion has been hit and miss so far in this his final Sprint Cup season, but should be a factor in Sunday's 400-miler at one of the sport's toughest tracks.
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2. Kyle Busch
After missing the season's first 11 Sprint Cup races while recovering from injuries suffered in February at Daytona, Kyle Busch made an impressive return in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he finished a solid sixth. Busch then came home 11th in last Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 but was in contention for a much better outcome before coming out on the short end of the fuel-strategy game. In any case, Busch is a two-time Sprint Cup winner at Dover and also excels at Bristol, the Sprint Cup Series' only other all-concrete track.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
With a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record nine trophies from the Monster Mile, Jimmie Johnson is the hands-down favorite to go to Victory Lane in Sunday afternoon's showdown at the high-banked, always-fast facility. Prior to a lackluster couple outings at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson had ripped off five consecutive finishes of third or better, so all signs -- for the most part -- point to a stellar day in Delaware.