After a long, draining Coca-Cola 600, we pack our bags for one of two scheduled stops in Delaware for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. This race debuted in 1969 when Richard Petty won in two and a half hours when the event was just 300 miles. It’s increased to 400 miles and has since seen 11 different drivers win at least twice.
You guys know the drill by now.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Jimmie Johnson - Nobody enjoys Dover more than Jimmie Johnson, as he's won this particular race five times, which is tied for the most ever with Bobby Allison, and he has five victories in the fall Delaware race. Johnson has cooled off a bit after back-to-back victories this season, but it's tough to argue with his history on this track, especially when he's won two of the last three Drives for Autism. Its also worth mentioning JJ would have won last week if he didn’t run out of gas. He’ll probably be the favorite but the wager is well worth it given his history.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. probably should have won the last two races, as he simply ran out of time Sunday night. Truex has had the best car the last two weeks and now heads to a track where he's produced a top-10 finish in eight of his last 12 appearances. Truex won this event back in 2007 and won last years Citizen Soldier 400. Truex has finished ninth or better in his last three AAA 400 Drive for Autism appearances. Hard to bet against him in his current form.
Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is the defending champ on this track and has won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism three times overall. Kenseth also has a history at the other Dover race and has finished seventh or better in nine of his last 12 appearances at the Dover International Speedway overall. Kenseth has not won a race since last year's New Hampshire 301, but he did finish fourth last week and has had his chances to sniff victory lane. I have to play Kenseth this week.
Ryan Newman - I’ve faded Ryan Newman since we won with him at 80-1 odds, as I figured not to push my luck. Well, Newman did have a top-10 finish last week and has finished 14th or better in three of his last five races. As for Dover, Newman did win this event back in 2003 and has 13 top-10 finishes at the Dover International Speedway for his career. Newman is getting some of his best results we've seen from him in a while, so I’ll go ahead and give him another go at a track he's very familiar with and has had success.
Kurt Busch - Kyle Busch has come close for us many times this year but can’t finish the deal, so let’s try our hand with Kurt Busch. Hes produced top-10 finishes in three of his last four races and finished fifth in last years AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Busch has nine top-10 finishes at the Dover International Speedway overall for his career, which includes a victory in the 2011 AAA 400. If you're looking for a longshot with a guy who is in good form, the 38-year-old from Las Vegas may be your guy.