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Who to Watch: Dover International Speedway

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By Christie Mack – After coming close many times, @JimmieJohnson finally found his way into victory lane on Sunday night. He conquered the 400-lap, 600-mile race in Charlotte and claimed victory for the first time in 2014. Coming in second, for the second straight week, was @KevinHarvick. He led 100 laps, but came up short in the end.

For the first time in many weeks, @AustinDillon3 was the top finishing rookie of the race. He finished one lap down in the 16th position. This finish gives him an average finish of 16th for the season so far.

The racing action heads to the “Monster Mile” this weekend where Johnson has eight wins. It is also a place where he found victory last year. With a 2014 win finally under his belt look for Johnson to hit his usual summer hot streak and capture a second consecutive checkered flag at Dover.

@TonyStewart will be another driver to watch this weekend. He won at the New England track last May giving him a total of three wins there. So far in 2014, Stewart has an average finish of 19th. Look for a strong run in Dover to give him the momentum he needs to get his first victory of the season.

Keep an eye out for @KyleBusch, too. He was victorious in the May 2010 Dover race and this year’s California winner. Busch has two wins at the “Monster Mile” in the Sprint Cup Series and three victories in the Nationwide Series. Dover could be where the No. 18 team finds victory once again.

An underdog win could possibly come from @KyleLarsonRacin. He has not raced at the Mid-Atlantic track in the Sprint Cup Series. He has two starts there in Nationwide Series, finishing second in last year’s race. This experience along with a great showing throughout the rest of the season could mean a strong finish for Larson this weekend.

EMAIL CHRISTIE AT christie.mack@popularspeed.com

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