NASCAR is at Dover International Speedway this weekend for two Cup Series races, both called the Drydene 311. The races will be held on the one-mile concrete layout nicknamed the “Monster Mile” on Saturday and Sunday.
Chevrolet cars have had the most success in Dover, winning 41 of the last 100 races at the Delaware track. They’ve also won five of the last seven Drydene 311 races. Chase Elliott is one of four current Chevy drivers to have won there. Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Matt Kenseth are the others.
Elliott, who is 13/2 to win on Saturday, told reporters his victory last week at Daytona should be an advantage in the first Drydene 311.
“To me, doubleheaders mean that there are a lot of points on the line in a short matter of time,” Elliott said. “Thankfully, for our good run at the Daytona road course and this new qualifying format, we will get to start up front on Saturday at Dover. Having that first pit box is also a huge thing for us this weekend.”
Odds to Win Saturday’s Drydene 311
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Kevin Harvick is the favorite to win the first Drydene 311 at 11/4, and his dominance at doubleheaders is a big reason why. He won the first race at Pocono in June, then finished second on Sunday. At the Michigan doubleheader, he swept both contests.
So who has a chance to win Saturday’s Drydene 311? We take a look at those who should be near the front of the pack, and those that might have to wait for another week.
Drivers to Consider
Chase Elliott (13/2)
Elliott won here in 2018, and has performed well in doubleheaders. He finished fourth in the second race at Pocono, and was seventh and fifth at the two Michigan races. He won last week, and that momentum could carry forward to Dover.
Martin Truex Jr. (5/1)
Truex considers Dover a home track, and he’s definitely taken a liking to the Drydene 311. He finished second at this race last year, and won the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover in 2019. He’s coming off a third-place finish last week.
Drivers to Avoid
Denny Hamlin (9/2)
Hamlin has been racing well recently, but his record at Dover is spotty. He finished fifth at the Drydene 311 last year, but in the earlier race at Dover, he was 21st. The odds don’t justify trying to figure out which Hamlin is going to show up this week.
Brad Keselowski (12/1)
Last month, Keselowski put together a nice, three-race streak, finishing second, first, second in consecutive events. He’s cooled off considerably in his last two starts, however. He finished 39th at the second race at Michigan, and was 13th last week.