This NASCAR season has been unique in many ways, as have things been in the rest of the sports world, but one thing that fans really seem to have embraced are the doubleheader races. Those fans are in for a real treat at Dover this weekend, as both the Xfinity Series and the Cup Series will serve up doubleheaders, with races on Saturday and Sunday. On top of all that, we will also have a Truck Series race, which means a total of 5 races over the next few days. Let’s jump right into actions so you can place your bets against their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Weekend August 22-23
All told, the Xfinity Series drivers will race for 400 miles over the course of their two races, with the race for top spot in the standings about as tight as it gets. The top two, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, are separated by just 9 points. Meanwhile, the Cup Series drivers will race a total of 622 miles over their two events at Dover, but which drivers will be in as the favorites to do well this weekend? Let’s take a closer look.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr. is down in 7th in the driver standings and has only 1 win on the season, but he can certainly move up the rankings this weekend at a track that he seems to love racing at. Dover International Speedway has been very good to him, with 16 top 10 finishes in 28 career races there. Furthermore, 10 of those top 10 finishes have come in the last 10 races, so he is at least a good bet to land in the top 5 in at least one of the weekend events. He has 3 wins at Dover, including one last season.
While winning the Cup Series and becoming the champion is the goal of every driver, there is also the business of being the regular season winner. Kevin Harvick is at the top of the driver standings at the moment and can, with a good weekend, potentially clinch the top spot. It would certainly be thoroughly deserved for a driver who has 6 wins on the season and who has landed in the top 10 in 19 of 23 races. That is the level of consistency that is required to win it all. Harvick has a couple of wins at Dover in his career and has not been worse than 6th in his last 4 races at that track, including a win in 2018.
If you throw out his last start at Dover, where Elliott was forced to retire with engine trouble, this has been a track where he has exceled. In his other 7 starts at Dover outside of that last race, Elliott has only finished outside of the top 10 once, with 12th being his worst showing. Those other 6 races have all seen him land in the top 5, so if you want to play things a little safer this weekend, taking him to finish top 5 in both races. He did have 1 win back in 2018, so it is also not outside the realm of possibility that he might just take the checkered flag in one of the races.
There is a ton of action taking place this weekend at Dover International Speedway and a lot of chances to cash some winning tickets.