Storylines abound as drivers attempt to tame the Monster Mile

Jimmie Johnson (left) and Kyle Busch (right) are two drivers to watch this weekend at Dover.

Brian Lawdermilk

We are in Dover this weekend, which is easily one of the most difficult tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit and in many respects one of the most challenging tracks we go to.

And there are some different storylines that I am going to be keeping my eye on this weekend.

I’m really curious, for instance, to see how this new 2015 rules package will affect Jimmie Johnson at Dover. Jimmie didn’t run that well these last two weeks in Charlotte, so I want to see if the No. 48 can bounce back.

Jimmie has dominated in recent years at Dover, but like the other 42 drivers hasn’t run this new package there yet. Believe it or not, Jimmie will be going for his 10th career win at Dover, which is simply unheard of in recent memory, especially at a track this tough.

I expect Jimmie to have pressure from Kevin Harvick. Like we have said repeatedly the last year and a half, no matter what track we visit, that No. 4 car is always bad fast. So while Johnson is likely to be a factor, the same holds true for Harvick.

Another driver to watch at Dover will be Martin Truex Jr. Unfortunately, Truex Jr. had another race slip through his fingers last Sunday in the Coca Cola 600. With Dover being his home track plus the site of the first of his two career NASCAR Sprint Cup wins, might this be the weekend he finally closes the deal in 2015?

Because he was so surprisingly strong both in the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600, I think we also can’t rule out Kyle Busch this weekend. This is a challenging racetrack that falls right into Kyle’s wheelhouse. Couple that with the fact that I think Kyle is taking Superman pills and he could be the surprise of the Dover weekend. I truly believe that Kyle will be licking his chops Sunday because Dover is his kind of racetrack. 

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