The first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is in the books as Chase Elliott slammed the door on four of sixteen Playoff drivers after his Roval win. Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones all missed the cut after the first playoff round. Now it’s Elliott once again jumping up the list of drivers favored to win the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Auto Racing Glance: DRYDENE 400

Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch are among the usual suspects when it comes to betting odds as both drivers are among the remaining twelve still eligible to win the Championship. Busch is coming off a series of disappointing race weekends when the driver of the No. 18 Toyota has struggled while Truex has been battling for wins. Here are the odds for the Drydene 400 top-five favored drivers to win outright according to Intertops.


Kyle Busch+350
Martin Truex Jr+400
Kevin Harvick+500
Kyle Larson+550
Chase Elliott+600


Toyota and Chevrolet Dominate Last Ten Dover Races

If there is one thing that is clear after the last ten Cup Series races at Dover its that Ford needs to pick up the pace! Over the last ten races at the Monster Mile, the Blue Oval drivers have only won once. That win came during the 2018 spring race which was won by Kevin Harvick. Chevrolet has won five of the ten with Toyota picking up four Dover checkered flags.


2019Martin Truex, Jr.Toyota
2018Chase ElliottChevrolet
2018Kevin HarvickFord
2017Kyle BuschToyota
2017Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2016Martin Truex, Jr.Toyota
2016Matt KensethToyota
2015Kevin HarvickChevrolet
2015Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
2014Jeff GordonChevrolet


Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are both retired but the name on the list of past winners worth watching is Jimmie Johnson. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports has notched out eleven Dover wins during his Cup Series career.

Predicting the Drydene 400 at Dover

Truex and Elliott come into the race weekend at Dover as the last two drivers to have scored wins at the track plus they have both finished strong over the last portion of the season. Elliott drove his Chevrolet into a cushioned Roval wall, drop to the rear of the field for repairs, before passing everyone and scoring the win. Elliott seems to be on a hot streak and his performance at Dover in the past makes him a solid pick and the same can be said for Truex.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford for Stewart – Haas Racing, is also still in the running for the Cup Series Championship and he has a past wins at Dover in both a Chevrolet and a Ford. Harvick has shown that his team can field strong rides as of late but they seem to fade away during the course of a long run. The key to success for the No. 4 driver will be perfect pit stops and pit strategy in order to help keep him upfront for every restart. The biggest stat for Harvick is that he’s finished inside the top-five six times with two wins and top-ten nine times during the last ten races.

Kyle Larson has led a ton of laps at Dover but has never closed the door at the Monster Mile. Larson has not shown the dominate style of racing he unleashed on the series several years ago but he’s come close several times this season. Dover offers the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi a perfect opportunity to put all of the pieces together for a win to guarantee a move to the next round.

One way to look at the race may be to compare the drivers with the best Dover ratings according to NASCAR stats. The names that you may notice missing on the list, Highest Rated Dover Driver with 3 or more Dover starts, below are Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.


1.Chase Elliott 4.4
2.Daniel Suarez 7.6
3.Kyle Larson 8
4.Jimmie Johnson 10
5.Erik Jones 11
6.Martin Truex, Jr. 12.6
7.Brad Keselowski 13.2
8.Clint Bowyer 13.2
9.Joey Logano 13.2
10.William Byron 13.7


Odds for Drydene 400 at Dover


Kyle Busch+350
Martin Truex Jr+400
Kevin Harvick+500
Kyle Larson+550
Chase Elliott+600
Brad Keselowski+1000
Joey Logano+1200
Denny Hamlin+1200
Erik Jones+1800
Ryan Blaney+1800
Kurt Busch+2500
Clint Bowyer+2500
Alex Bowman+2500
William Byron+2500
Jimmie Johnson+3300
Daniel Suarez+6600
Aric Almirola+8000
Matt Dibenedetto+10000
Ryan Newman+15000
Austin Dillon+15000
Paul Menard+20000
Chris Buescher+20000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr+20000
Daniel Hemric+20000
Ty Dillon+50000
Darrell Wallace Jr.+50000



About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

Whitaker can also be found on TV, Radio, Print, and as a celebrity spokesperson. He has appeared on radio and TV including Food Network. He’s the Emeril Live Barbecue Contest winner and columnist for the National Barbecue News.

Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

Kent is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and severed on the National Staff as an AUXCHEF/AUX Food Service Specialist and National Branch Chief.

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