By admin | May 12, 2010
By Richard Allen
This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race on the â€˜Monster Mileâ€™ in Dover, Delaware. The Autism Speaks 400 will mark the 12th race of the 2010 season and it will be the last points paying race before next weekendâ€™s Sprint All Star Challenge in Charlotte.
My prediction is that Kyle Busch will come away from the high-banked, concrete facility with the win.
Busch and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization seem to have found something that is giving them a leg up on the competition right now. The #18 Toyota won a couple of weeks ago in Richmond after a dominating performance. Buschâ€™s JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin, has taken three checkered flags so far in 2010.
Last week in Darlington, Hamlin won but almost certainly would have been challenged by Busch had it not been for a flat tire which put the #18 back in traffic late in the event.
Busch has won once at Dover(2008) but since then he has encountered three consecutive poor finishes. I believe that streak will end this Sunday. Furthermore, I believe we may be on the verge of seeing a return of the Kyle Busch who has been so dominate during parts of the last two seasons.
Following Busch in the top-5 will be Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.
Dark horse contenders will be Martin Truex and David Reutimann.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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